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Posted On Tuesday, 05.26.2015 / 1:00 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lundqvist at best when Rangers face elimination

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."

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.26.2015 / 2:44 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Getzlaf sets Ducks' points record for one postseason

Ryan Getzlaf has 19 points in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, breaking his own Anaheim Ducks record for a single postseason, after he earned two assists in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

The Anaheim captain has two goals and 17 assists in 14 games in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Getzlaf leads the postseason in points and assists; he is on a five-game point streak and has six multipoint games.


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Posted On Monday, 05.25.2015 / 11:28 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Merkley, Kelowna defeat Rimouski at Memorial Cup

Nicholas Merkley, a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, had two goals and an assist and the Kelowna Rockets defeated the Rimouski Oceanic 7-3 on Monday in the 2015 Memorial Cup at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) had two goals and an assist, and Gage Quinney scored two goals for Kelowna, the Western Hockey League champion. Madison Bowey (Washington Capitals) had one goal and two assists. Goaltender Jackson Whistle made 28 saves.

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Posted On Monday, 05.25.2015 / 7:48 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Rangers focused on task at hand, not elimination

TAMPA -- The New York Rangers have been at their best over the past several years when their backs are against the wall.

That will be the case against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 and can eliminate the Rangers with a win.

The Rangers have won each of the past six games which have either been Game 6 or Game 7 of a Stanley Cup Playoff series, dating to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers last season. New York has allowed seven goals over those six games and are 8-1 in Game 6 or Game 7 since the start of the 2013 postseason.

"I just think our group, we just go out and play," Rangers center Derek Stepan said at the team's hotel on Monday. "We find a way to get it done. We don't really panic, we don't really find anything to get down on ourselves. We play confident; we stick to the keys that let us be successful during the year."

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Posted On Monday, 05.25.2015 / 6:00 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

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Lightning coach Jon Cooper said his team will have to play at a higher level to eliminate the Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.
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Posted On Monday, 05.25.2015 / 5:03 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose Minute: Don't dismiss Rangers in Game 6

The Tampa Bay Lightning have won 61 times over the course of 100 regular and Stanley Cup Playoff games. If they win in the 101st, they'll be playing in the Stanley Cup Final and the Presidents' Trophy winners will be home for the summer.

That's something of a surprise considering the New York Rangers won Game 4 in Tampa in impressive fashion and had all the momentum coming back home for Game 5, but I think the Lightning realized this was a game they had to win. Coach Jon Cooper got the importance of Game 5 across to his players and they came out flying, and for some reason I don't think the Rangers matched that intensity. The Rangers played well, but the Lightning were just a little bit better.

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Posted On Monday, 05.25.2015 / 4:36 PM

By Corey Long -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Cooper wants Lightning to 'raise the bar' in Game 6

TAMPA – Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said they will have to play at a higher level to eliminate the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 after a 2-0 win in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. They eliminated the Detroit Red Wings in seven games in the first round and the Montreal Canadiens in six games in the second round. Cooper, however, said those series were different.

"I don't think you can treat this like any other game," Cooper said. "There are only four teams left, and we put ourselves in a position to advance. Now we have to raise the bar a little bit higher; we know the Rangers are going to, so we have to match that. But I think our confidence level is where we know we can do that."

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Posted On Monday, 05.25.2015 / 2:55 PM

By Shawn Roarke -  Director, Editorial /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Ducks coach Boudreau mulling changes for Game 5

ANAHEIM -- There is a chance the Anaheim Ducks could look a bit different for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Ducks had an optional skate Monday to prepare for Game 5 (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) and did not show lines, but coach Bruce Boudreau would not commit to keeping the same lineup that has played in the first four games.

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2.

"I don't know," Boudreau said when asked about the lineup. "It's one of those game-time decisions. We've told the guys coming for warm-up to be ready, you might be put in. We didn't tell anybody this morning that they're definitively playing. Everybody is coming prepared to play."

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Posted On Monday, 05.25.2015 / 2:24 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose: Blackhawks showed ultimate resilience

After four games between the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks, I think it's clear we might be seeing the best series of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs right now. Both teams are fantastic and each has done something remarkable this postseason. The Ducks, midway through the Western Conference Final, still haven't lost a postseason game in regulation. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are the first team in history to win four multi-overtime games in one playoff tournament.

Those are two pretty impressive statistics that indicate not just the skill, but the character of both of these teams, and considering they had never played in the postseason before, it's amazing to watch not just how good both of these teams are, but how they're learning about the other. We talked about how the Ducks had to take time to adjust to the Blackhawks' speed in Game 1, but it looks like the Blackhawks are having to do the same thing. It's rare that Chicago has faced a team that can challenge them like this, and in the case of the Los Angeles Kings a year ago, it was a team that challenged them through its defense.

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Posted On Monday, 05.25.2015 / 1:08 AM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning defenseman Coburn likely was ill

NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn played 5:43 in the first period of a 2-0 win against the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden on Sunday then didn't play the rest of the game.

Coburn didn't appear to be injured, and afterward, Lighting coach Jon Cooper revealed the stomach-churning details.

"There was, yeah … don't walk on our bench. That's what I'm going to say," Cooper said.

"I don't know what TV cameras picked stuff up. We had issues on the bench, so I've got to find more of what's going on."

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Quote of the Day

I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final