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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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Bad Lundqvist

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So there sat Lundqvist, a King with a crown tarnished by an ultra-talented group that seems to have his number … or numbers, as in a 4.75 GAA and .840 save pct. in six meetings this season covering the regular season and this round.

There he sat alone until general manager Glen Sather entered the room, walked to his franchise player’s stall, and offered quiet, private words of love and encouragement.

Lundqvist will need much more than those words as he seeks to find answers between now and Friday’s Game 4, for when he met the press a few minutes after Sather had left the room, it was clear that the goaltender had been shaken out of the Conn Smythe-worthy comfort zone in which he had been living until the Lightning became his — and his team’s — worst nightmare.

“For some reason I didn’t really pick it up,” the beleaguered goaltender said of the winner on which Palat cut across the zone from the right before unleashing the drive that beat him to the far, stick side. “I’m going to have to look at the video to see why.

“It’s really challenging for me, the way they move the puck and find open ice for the shot, the way they get scoring chances from right in front,” said Lundqvist, who had blundered by directing a soft initial shot onto Steven Stamkos’ stick for the Lightning’s first goal. “They’re good, but I need to be more consistent with my game plan.”

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Open Post- Game 3 ECF Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And New York Rangers

Puck drops sometime after 8:00pm ET and the game is on NBCSN, CBC and TVA.

Series tied at one, first game in Tampa.

Should be an exciting one and feel free to discuss the game tonight or anything hockey related.

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The New York Rangers Need Their Stars To Show Up

from Flip Bondy of the New York Daily News,

“Their big boys put on the big-boy pants,” Vigneault said, after the Pittsburgh Penguins had badly beaten the Rangers. “I need mine to do that.”

If ever Vigneault needs his big boys to put on their extra-extra-large pants, it is now heading into Game 3 in Tampa Bay, after a rare, systemic collapse during Game 2 at the Garden, a 6-2 disaster. The Rangers hadn’t been beaten by four goals in the playoffs since 2009, and the team’s biggest stars are simply not producing at an adequate level — while Ben Bishop, Tyler Johnson, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman have been at the top of their games for Tampa Bay.

Not everyone is guilty here. Ryan McDonagh has had a great run and has done the right thing, calling out his teammates for “stupid, selfish penalties,” for “shooting ourselves in the foot.” Henrik Lundqvist had a lousy game on Monday, but he is excused because of his other recent performances. The others don’t get a pass. They get an ultimatum: Finish your chances, and stop taking dumb penalties, or this series will end with a very disappointing handshake line.

Rick Nash and Marty St. Louis have combined for two goals in the playoffs, despite plenty of power-play time.

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Video- Sights And Sounds Game 2 ECF- Tampa Bay Lightning And New York Rangers

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Tyler Johnson’s Night

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

A year ago, Tyler Johnson informed the hockey world of the immensity of his skill set in his rookie season.

This spring he’s telling us about the enormity of his heart.

Monday night’s hat trick at Madison Square Garden to lead his Tampa Bay Lightning to a 6-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals will go down as one of the more memorable nights in these playoffs.

A short-handed goal with his team down two men, a power-play goal and an even-strength goal that was all second effort -- it was breathtaking.

Just another day at the office for Johnson, who padded his playoff lead to 11 goals, and the goals weren't even his most impressive play of the night.

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