The Lightning took control of the game in the opening minutes courtesy of a Pat Maroon goal and never trailed in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 4. Star forwards Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos registered one goal apiece, while winger Ondrej Palat was also a force with a goal and two assists. It marked the third consecutive game in which Kucherov scored a goal and it was also his sixth point during that stretch. Slow starts have plagued the Lightning throughout the series, but that wasn't the case in Game 4. The Eastern Conference Final is now tied 2-2 as the series shifts back to New York for Thursday's pivotal Game 5.
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They weren’t quite facing the abyss in the Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers, but they were close enough to feel a cool breeze at their backs. The Lightning had 50 giveaways in the first two games, and only 15 the past two games. “And we’re playing a really strong Rangers team who was coming off a couple of big emotional series wins. After giving up almost four power plays a game in the first three games, the Lightning had only two on Tuesday night. Based on the way the past two games have gone, the Lightning could take control of the series if they force New York into a 5-on-5 game.FOX SPORTS - Lightning-Rangers Game 4 report card: Returning the favor
With just under seven minutes remaining in the second period, Palat sprung Kucherov on a breakaway with a pass down the center of the ice. With a game-high three points and plus-three plus-minus rating, he might have been an even bigger factor than he was in Game 3. In addition to his assist and shot on goal, he had a hit and two blocked shots in 14:16. Earlier in the game, he made key stops against Kevin Rooney, Alexis Lafrenière and Tyler Motte to keep the Rangers at bay. Grade: AThe case for restRust was blamed for the Lightning’s lackluster performance in a four-goal loss in Game 1.CBS SPORTS - Avalanche vs. Oilers score: Artturi Lehkonen nets game-winning goal in overtime to send Colorado to Final
Winger Artturi Lehkonen scored the game-winning goal 1:19 into the overtime period to complete the comeback. He was able to beat Oilers goaltender Mike Smith on a rebound right in front of the net. Colorado star defenseman Cale Makar led the way with a five-point performance (one goal and four assists) on the night. However, Oilers star answered when he ripped a one-timer that Pavel Francouz stopped. However, Smith surrendered four goals in the final 17 minutes of game action, which ultimately proved to be Edmonton's downfall.FOX SPORTS - THE SKINNY: HEAT VS. WOLVES - GAME 3
Video: Highlights from Game 2 of the AHL West FinalSCORING IN BULKKirkland extended his scoring streak to seven games with his second period snipe in Monday's contest, a goal that gave the Heat a 2-1 lead. pic.twitter.com/qxAl9UeRFFTWO-LOLATuulola has goals in back-to-back games after his shorthanded goal Monday tied the contest at one in the opening frame. Stockton is now 3-3 in the playoffs in games decided by one goal, a contrast from the regular season in which the Heat owned a record of 18-4-5-2 in one-goal games. HEADING HOMEA change of scenery will be welcome for the Heat, who come into Wednesday's game a perfect 4-0 at Stockton Arena in the playoffs. The Heat have not lost three in a row at any point this year and have outscored opponents by a 21-8 margin when ending two-game losing streaks.