“These next couple of games, we have to go on the road and we have to find a way to win a game in their barn,” Stamkos added. They did the right things to win a hockey game,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said of the Lightning. Game 5 is Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers won Games 1 and 2 and are 8-1 this postseason. Shesterkin, who faced 51 shots in Game 3, stopped 27 of 30 shots Tuesday night. … New York forward Filip Chytil left just past the midpoint of the second period after a hit by Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman.
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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.CBS SPORTS - Rangers vs. Lightning score: Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos carry Tampa to Game 4 win, even series
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.CBS SPORTS - Back the Tampa Bay Lightning in a must-win spot, plus other best bets for Tuesday
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 startsFOX 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.