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Steven Stamkos Finds His Game

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"Stammer and Fil, and Killorn, to be honest, I think they've elevated their game to as high a level as you can play," Cooper said after his team’s 2-0 win Sunday night, giving the Lightning a 3-2 series lead over the Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals. Game 6 is Tuesday in Tampa.

"The one thing with Stammer, you look at his seven goals, he's not getting the sixth goal in a 6-2 game,” Cooper said. "He's getting the go-ahead goal or the one that you build off. It was only a matter of time. You can't keep him down forever."

Stamkos, well, looks like Stamkos again.

"I'm definitely more confident now than I was the first eight games, no question," Stamkos said after putting up a goal and an assist in Sunday night’s huge victory. "But I think for me it was a great adversity test.

"Our team was winning, which was great. The depth has prevailed all season for our team. But I knew I was playing the right way. When you play the right way, things are going to start going your way. We switched some things up, moved to the wing, tried to free some things up. The power play has gotten a lot better too, where you get a couple goals, you get a couple points there, now you're feeling a little better. So everything has kind of accumulated to this point right now. But when you have confidence, you try to keep it as long as you can, because it is tough to get at this time of the year."

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The New York Rangers Fail To Deliver A Win

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This wasn’t good enough from the Rangers, not good enough at all to win a conference final Game 5, and divining meaning from the all-but-empty locker room that greeted the press following the match, the Blueshirts must have known it.

It was 2-0 for the Lightning, who played to perfection what the Rangers had every right to consider their own game to nudge the Blueshirts to the precipice of elimination in taking a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Blueshirts played with passion and jump throughout the first period, but displayed little of either over the final 40 minutes while being stifled by a Lightning in front of an audience as quiet as Chris Kreider, Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Marty St. Louis, and … ah, you get the idea.

What a downer.

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Open Post- Game 5 ECF Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And New York Rangers

Scheduled puck drop is just after 8:00pm ET on NBCSN, CBC and TVA.

The series is tied at two games and tonight's game will be played at Madison Square Garden.

Feel free to discuss the game.

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Preparing For Game 5, Eastern Conference Finals

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

This is where we are heading into Sunday’s Game 5: All square in the Eastern Conference final with everything on the line. Two wins from the Stanley Cup final or two losses from a summer of regret.

"I think the harsh reality is some guys in this room may never get a chance to get this far again," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said Sunday morning. "Hopefully everyone does, but you never know in this sport. It's so tough to get here. ... There's really no place to hide right now.

"We have to find a way to respond, to play a lot better than we did last game and to get ourselves that much closer to the final."

To date, this has been a highly unpredictable series. Tight-checking in Game 1, a parade to the penalty box in Game 2, scoring bonanza in Game 3 and Rangers blow out in Game 4.

After Tampa made its way here on Saturday, the players were treated to a video and strategy session. The message? Let's focus on playing some defence in addition to the dazzling offence.

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Rangers/Lightning Now A Two Out Of Three Series

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Eastern Conference final may be level at two-all with Sunday’s Game 5 coming up at the Garden, but make no mistake, this series between the Rangers and Lightning has been marked by peaks and valleys.

The tempo and tenor of one game has been dramatically different from the one preceding it. There have been a multitude of forced errors and unforced ones, all though a creation of both teams’ skill, speed and willingness to go for it.

The Rangers have looked overwhelmed at times, even during most of the second period of Friday’s 5-1 victory in Tampa. But the Blueshirts were able to maintain their poise while under pressure, perhaps a byproduct of Game 4 representing the team’s 73rd playoff game over the last four springs.

They’ve seen it all.

But they haven’t seen the caliber of elite talent the Lightning bring to the rink every night. Indeed, what is now a sprint to two for a chance to play for the Stanley Cup has — goaltending aside for the moment — evolved into a battle between Tampa Bay’s formidable top-end players and the Blueshirts’ formidable depth.

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Not A Good Night For The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Martin Fellelly of the Tampa Tribune,

The Eastern Conference finals is even. The Rangers just grabbed the home-ice edge again. They grabbed the Lightning and shook, liberally, with a 5-1 win in Game 4 — with a Marty goal thrown in for good measure.

Lightning fans could hardly muster righteous boos at that point. They were beaten down.

All those great Lightning chances, 19 shots alone in a frantic second period, even as Amalie Arena rocked. All those body blows, but nothing left at the end. Nothing. Empty tank.

Defensive breakdowns. Another bad night for Ben Bishop.

They just weren’t good enough.

“We definitely had our chances to win this game,” Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman said.

And now Rick Nash, the Rangers’ sleeping scorer, is wide awake after a two-goal night.

And Henrik Lundqvist is back to being Henrik Lundqvist.

And Bishop has had consecutive five-goal games.

And Marty just got his first goal of the postseason.

Can any of this be good news?

And this just in: The Triplets are human.

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The Stars Come Out In New York Rangers Win

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

These were the Rangers with their best players being their best players.

These were the Rangers with a confident Henrik Lundqvist at the top of his game in nets — if there were a blackboard in front of me and a piece of chalk in my hand, I would write 100 times: “I should have known … I should have known … I should have known” — and these were the Rangers with Rick Nash producing the way he had when he carried his team’s offense through the first five months of the regular season.

“It’s frustrating when you feel you’re letting down the guys, the team and everyone around the organization,” Nash said after scoring twice in the Blueshirts’ 5-1 victory in Friday’s Game 4 that squared the conference finals at two-all. “I’ve felt the pressure.

“Believe me, I’ve been trying to contribute offensively as much as I can.”

The goals were Nash’s third and fourth of this postseason and the eighth and ninth in 57 playoff games as a Ranger. Last year, when he recorded three goals, Nash was doing everything else but score. The same pattern held true through the first two rounds this year.

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Open Post- Game 4 ECF Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And New York Rangers

The puck drops just after 8:00pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC and TVA.

Almost a must win for the Rangers, they certainly do not want to go down 3-1.

On the other hand, the Lightning hope to go up 3-1 before heading back to New York to play game 5 on Sunday.

Feel free to discuss the game tonight.

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Time For The New York Rangers To Play Their Game

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Despite coach Alain Vigneault’s assertions that the Lightning “aren’t dictating” the pace of the series, it’s pretty clear that’s exactly what’s happened during the past two games. The Rangers may be fast, but Tampa Bay has been faster, more insistent on the attack and far more creative. The Lightning are seizing New York’s zone. They’re scoring off the rush. And the Rangers are all but waving hello as they breeze by.

The Lightning have put them on their heels with breakouts and speed through the neutral zone. It’s easy to blame the defense for not slowing the Bolts down, but much of the problem lies in the failings of the forwards to get back and take away Tampa Bay’s numeric advantage. So instead of mucking it up, as they did so effectively in their 2–1 Game 1 victory, the Rangers’ defensemen have too often been forced to fall back and allow the Bolts entry into their end. That lack of aggression is putting too much pressure on goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who looked shaky while facing 40 shots in that 6–5 Game 3 loss.

The All-Star keeper clearly has to find a way to get over the mental hump of his past two beatings. He’s has allowed 12 goals on just 66 shots in the two losses, including the very stoppable 30-foot wrister from Nikita Kucherov that ended Game 3 in overtime, after giving up just 21 goals on 379 shots in his previous 13 games.

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Is Henrik Lundqvist Really “The Guy”?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It was a laughing matter to Alain Vigneault, the coach so taken aback by the inquiry at the Rangers’ press availability at the team hotel Thursday that he chuckled both before answering and while saying with a touch of incredulity, “Is that a question?”

The question, and I am the one who posed it, was whether Henrik Lundqvist would be in nets for Friday’s Game 4 of the conference final against the Lightning after having been torched for a six-pack in both of the Blueshirts’ Games 2 and 3 defeats.

(Journalism 101: There might be stupid questioners but the only stupid questions are the ones not asked.)

Vigneault’s answer to the question was simply, “Yes,” just as his answer to the follow-up about whether this was something into which he had invested much thought, was, “No.”

“Hank’s the guy,” Vigneault said.

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