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Rangers couldn't find way through Lightning defense

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers scored 10 goals in their prior two games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, four on the power play. The Rangers created quality scoring chances and had the Lightning and goalie Ben Bishop on their heels.

But Sunday, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final, Tampa Bay took away the chances and the shots, and defeated the Rangers 2-0 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Tampa Bay eliminated time and space, collapsed in the shooting lanes, and kept New York and the puck to the outside.

"They had a lot of layers," Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said. "They had the first guy come at you and get right in the lane, and you get it by that guy, and there's another guy in front of the net that's trying to block it. They did a really good job of that tonight. We just have to find a way to get it past that first guy and hopefully get that puck into the net."

Given chance to respond, Bishop boosts Lightning

David Satriano - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- After Ben Bishop allowed five goals in two straight games of the Eastern Conference Final, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper was asked if he would change his goalie.

Cooper said it was asinine and preposterous to consider benching the starter who led the Lightning all season and into the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Cooper was right.

Bishop made 26 saves in a 2-0, Game 5 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday that moved the Lightning within one win of the Stanley Cup Final.

Tampa Bay leads the best-of-7 series 3-2 and can win the conference in Game 6 at Amalie Arena on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"Even though what happened the last few games, I wasn't discouraged," Bishop said. "There was nothing drastically wrong. Just wanted to come out and play the same way."

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Sunday, May 24

Monday, 05.25.2015 / 12:14 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Ben Bishop made 26 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning scored twice in the second period to take a 3-2 series lead against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final.

* The Lightning are one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in their history. Tampa Bay’s previous appearance was in 2004, when they defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games to win their first Stanley Cup.

* It was Bishop’s second shutout of the postseason. Overall, Bishop improved to 11-7 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 2.08 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Bishop was the first goaltender to shut out NYR in the conference final or Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden since the Los Angeles KingsJonathan Quick made 32 saves June 9, 2014, in a 3-0 win in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at NYR. Elias adds that prior to Quick, the last goaltender to do so was the Boston BruinsGerry Cheevers, who made 33 saves May 11, 1972, in a 3-0 win in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at NYR.

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