TAMPA -- Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist thrives when the New York Rangers are on the brink of elimination. He's arguably the biggest reason why several teams have been unable to finish the job when they have the Rangers on the ropes.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are the latest team to be this position entering Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
In the past 17 games when the Rangers have faced elimination, Lundqvist has won 14 of them. He has a 1.39 goals-against average, a .956 save percentage and two shutouts. In the past two seasons, he's helped New York erase 3-1 series deficits twice.
Tuesday, he could be the determining factor as the Rangers try to force a Game 7, which would be played Friday at Madison Square Garden.
"Every year you learn about yourself, about the game, and then you bring it with you," Lundqvist said Tuesday morning. "When you're in different situations, you use your experience to how to approach the game and how to prepare. A lot of these games come down to preparation and being in the right place mentally. You just go out and play your best game. A lot of it is just being in the right place mentally. Everybody works extremely hard at this time of the year and there are a lot of great players. It comes down to having the right mindset and the belief that you can do it."