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The New York Rangers’ Offense Fires Blanks

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The ending did not change, except it came one round earlier this time, one period and one game shy of the Stanley Cup final to which the Rangers had vowed to return from the moment they were beaten in Los Angeles 50 weeks ago to the night.

The ending did not change, but the mood in the locker room following Friday’s 2-0 Game 7 defeat to the Lightning in the Eastern Conference final could not have been more different.

For where a year ago there were tears, despair and excruciating pain, this time there was shared numbed acceptance of the team’s fate. This team that had come so far still had so far to go and couldn’t get there.

“I don’t feel mad, angry or sad,” Derek Stepan told The Post. “It just sucks right now. It just sucks.”

Game 7 at the Garden with Henrik Lundqvist was supposed to be a Sure Thing. But there are no sure things in pro sports — as Mariano Rivera’s misadventure on the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series in Arizona can attest.

There are no sure things when a team comes up with no goals.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

By defeating the New York Rangers  2-0 tonight, the Lightning have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. 

They'll face the winner of the Anaheim Ducks/Chicago Blackhawks game which will be played tomorrow night. 

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final will be on Wednesday.

added 11:19pm, Watch the on-ice celebration and game highlights...

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Open Post- Game 7 Eastern Conference Finals, Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers

Winner moves on to the Stanley Cup Final which will start on Wednesday.

Puck drops just after 8:00pm ET on NBCSN, CBC and TVA.

Should be a close game and probably a low-scoring one.

Feel free to discuss as the game plays out.

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Your NBC Sports Group Broadcasting Crew For Both Game 7’s

via a press release from the NBC Sports Group...

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 29, 2015 – NBC Sports Group goes coast-to-coast this weekend to present two NHL Conference Final Game 7 showdowns in a 24-hour span tonight and tomorrow on NBCSN and NBC, respectively. Coverage begins tonight on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET, when Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers host Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

NBC presents live coverage of Game 7 of the Western Conference Final on Saturday night in primetime at 8 p.m. ET, when Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks host Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of both Game 7s.

Three-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call of both Game 7 matchups.

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Afternoon Line- Steven Stamkos

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From Both Sides Before Game 7 Of The Eastern Conference Finals

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,

It would be one of the all-timers.

If the Lightning beat the Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers never lose Game 7s, it would be the greatest victory in franchise history this side of June 7, 2004, the night the Stanley Cup was held high over Lightning heads.

If the Lightning beat Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist tonight at the Garden, it might be like that night in Philadelphia in 2003, when Ronde Barber silenced Eagles fans and demons as he ran that interception back to seal a Bucs trip to the Super Bowl. It would be a moment that would live forever in Tampa Bay.

It’s the kind of challenge the Lightning need to embrace with heart and soul if their season is to continue on to the Cup finals. The task is not impossible. It will just take 20 men with an idea that they just can’t shake: This is our time.

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

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Video- Ready For Game 7 Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And New York Rangers?

Anyone care to submit a predication for tonight?

 

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It’s All About The Stanley Cup For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is all about the silver chalice, that has been established, but here in New York, here on the Broadway stage, this can become the golden era of Rangers’ hockey.

Another Game 7 at what has become hockey’s big room east of Chicago, another Game 7 at the Garden, the site of 38 playoff matches since 2012, and counting.

The Rangers haven’t won this fascinating and often exhilarating conference finals against their formidable foes from Tampa, yet. They haven’t won anything yet, when the Stanley Cup is the only object of value they covet.

But you know what this band of Rangers has accomplished over the last four years? They have brought hockey back to New York as springtime appointment viewing and they have brought New York back to front-and-center of the NHL.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Fail To Finish

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

There will be a Game 7. Of course there will be a Game 7. What else did you expect?

In a series where there has been little momentum and even less logic, the Lightning's golden chance to close out the Rangers in its own building was kicked away in a frustrating 7-3 loss. It was a game much closer than the score suggested.

But the ultimate result — a loss — does suggest that the Lightning's inexperience on this big stage had something to do with its inability to close out a series that was there for the taking.

"It's tough," Lightning forward Ryan Callahan said. "You want to finish it out when you can. It's one of those ones you move past. You still got another opportunity. So we got to go the road and win on the road."

Good luck with that. Now comes the long plane ride back to New York and even longer odds to advance to the round where Lord Stanley's Cup will be waiting for the winner.

"Game 7 in Madison Square Garden," Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said. "It's going to be a lot of fun."

Fun? Sounds like anything but.

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Derick Brassard Steps Up His Game Just In Time

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Challenge accepted.

Challenge accepted by the resilient Rangers, who staved off elimination for the fourth time this spring and for the 15th time over the last four tournaments with Tuesday’s 7-3 Game 6 victory over the Lightning to set up yet another Game 7 at the Garden on Friday, winner getting to go to the Stanley Cup final.

Challenge accepted by Derick Brassard, who recorded a hat trick and five-point night following a morning meeting with Alain Vigneault in which the coach urged No. 16 and fellow 1A/1B center Derek Stepan to lift their respective games.

“I told them that we needed them to step up and be difference-makers,” the coach told The Post. “And they did, they both responded, they both came through with what we needed.

“Brass’ line was great.”

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added 8:21am, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Oh yes, Mr. Elimination Game was huge again. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 of 39 shots on the evening, his pad save on Stamkos in the first period an absolutely heart-stopper.

Just Hank being Hank, he now sports a ridiculous .954 save percentage in those 18 elimination games since 2012.

"Everything on the line again and we found a way," said Lundqvist. "I felt like we had a really tough time in the second to get pucks deep, and they're a really good team when you don't get the pucks in the right places. But then in the third, I think maybe our experience in these situations helped us, because we come out and play extremely well, a smart period until you get out of hand a little bit.

"It's such an important time right now, and for us to come through like this in a big game, it's always good for your confidence. It's a good feeling."

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