Tampa Bay Lightning
Take the spotlight off goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals and put it on Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots to rebound from two subpar performances and help the New York Rangers shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Friday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
While the Blueshirts possess a good amount of team speed and skill, they do not have the firepower necessary to beat the Lightning skill for skill.
Henrik Lundqvist was being hailed a hero just last week. It’s been a different story lately.
Henrik Lundqvist seems baffled. The Rangers allowed 12 goals in losing their last two playoff games, and one of the NHL’s top goalies is at a loss to explain why. It has to change in Game 4 Friday night.
The Lightning are doing whatever it takes to make Amalie Arena a difficult place for opponents to play.
Sure, Henrik Lundqvist surrendered six goals for the second straight game … but how many were truly his fault?
After splitting the first two games in New York, the Rangers talked about cleaning up mistakes — but it was more of the same in Game 3.
Nikita Kucherov scored 3:33 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Resilience is key in the NHL playoffs. The Lightning showed it in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, and now it’s the Rangers’ turn to respond yet again.
“It’s embarrassing,” McDonagh said. “There (are) a lot of things you want to say right now, but talking doesn’t do much.”
Following Game 2, Vigneault made it clear that he believes the Rangers will turn the page quickly. After all, this team has done so throughout their entire playoff run and since Vigneault took charge last season.
Tyler Johnson scored the first hat trick in Lightning playoff history and Tampa Bay got its high-scoring offense in gear and evened the Eastern Conference finals.
In the conference finals, Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi have drawn “The Triplets,” instead of the Lightning’s more well-known line featuring star Steven Stamkos. Scratching your head? Don’t.
It hasn’t been the smoothest ride for the Rangers in these playoffs, though it rarely is for any team. But New York remains the best the Eastern Conference has to offer.