But Tampa Bay bounced back in a big way, sweeping their two home games to even the best-of-seven series as it heads back to New York. Perhaps this is the look of an experienced team that finally shook off the rust from its nine-day layoff between series. Perhaps this is exactly how a series between these teams should be — even — after Tampa Bay’s 4-1 victory in Game 4. In the first two games, Vasilevskiy gave up nine goals. But after what we’ve seen the past few games, the Lightning are much more ready for them.
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With the season on the line, South Bay came out ready to play. South Bay kept up the pace in the third quarter as 15 of the team’s 37 points in the frame were on the fast break. South Bay’s offense was too much to overcome in the end, and the Lakers secured the home victory, 134-123. Lakers two-way guard Mason Jones was dominant in all areas of the game tonight, finishing with 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Advancing to the second round of the NBA G League Playoffs, South Bay will hit the road to take on the Agua Caliente Clippers (two seed) in another single-elimination playoff game.CBS SPORTS - How Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Lightning have rebounded from big playoff losses in recent years
The Tampa Bay Lightning had a less-than-stellar start in the Eastern Conference final as they fell 6-2 to the New York Rangers in Game 1. Wednesday's loss marked the third time in Vasilevskiy's career that he surrendered six goals in a playoff game. 2018 Eastern Conference semifinalsWhat Vasilevskiy gave up: During the 2018 postseason, Vasilevskiy surrendered five goals in a 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. During the 2018 postseason, Vasilevskiy surrendered five goals in a 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. 2022 first roundWhat Vasilevskiy gave up: Finally, Vasilevskiy actually gave up five goals earlier this postseason in Game 1 of the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs.AOL - Several Tampa Bay Rays players choose not to wear rainbow logos for Pride Night
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If you take out Game 1, when the Rangers put up six goals, Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has been strong in net with just five goals surrendered in Games 2 and 3. However, the Lightning should be playing with quite a bit of confidence after scoring three unanswered goals to win Game 3. Back the Lightning in a spot where they almost have to win with the series shifting to New York for Game 5. In addition, Wright had five strikeouts in each of the other two games in which he didn't register six strikeouts. Key Trend: Kyle Wright has recorded at least six strikeouts in two of his last four starts