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Lightning hope previous adversity helps in Game 7

Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 4:46 PM / Rangers vs Lightning - 2015 Eastern Conference Final

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

The Tampa Bay Lightning will have a second chance to finish off the New York Rangers and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2004 when they play Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Friday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Rangers avoided elimination with a 7-3 win in Game 6 in Tampa on Tuesday. The best-of-7 series is tied 3-3.

Tampa Bay has answered the challenge when faced with adversity throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Lightning rallied for a 3-2 win in Game 4 of the first round at the Detroit Red Wings to avoid going down 3-1 in that best-of-7 series. And facing elimination Tampa Bay put together a strong performance in a 5-2 win in Detroit in Game 6 before closing the series with a 2-0 win in Game 7 at home.

Going through and winning that type of a series is an experience that Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman hopes will help the Lightning on Friday.

"I think it was useful for this group," Hedman said Wednesday. "It was the first Game 7 for a lot of guys in the NHL, and we had our backs against the wall in that series.
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Rangers, Lightning take East Final to Game 7

Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 2:53 PM / Rangers vs Lightning - 2015 Eastern Conference Final

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning will decide the Eastern Conference Final in Game 7 Friday night at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA). The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and face the winner of the Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.

The Rangers and Lightning both will make their second appearance in a Game 7 this postseason. New York eliminated the Washington Capitals in the Second Round with a 2-1 overtime victory at Madison Square Garden on May 13, while the Lightning blanked the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 at Amalie Arena to complete the First Round on April 29.

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Three keys for Ducks, Blackhawks to winning Game 6

Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 2:13 PM / Ducks vs Blackhawks - 2015 Western Conference Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks plan to feed off the anger they felt in losing Game 5 of the Western Conference Final to fuel them in Game 6 on Wednesday against the Anaheim Ducks at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) when they try to extend the series to a seventh game.

Chicago erased deficits of 3-0 and 4-2 to tie Game 5 in the dying minutes of regulation with a two-goal flurry from captain Jonathan Toews. But a quick-strike goal from forward Matt Beleskey 45 seconds into overtime gave the Ducks a 5-4 victory and temporary control of the best of-7 series.

Now the Blackhawks face a must-win game Wednesday to extend their season. If not, they will face a disappointing exit late in a conference final series for the second straight season. Last year, Chicago lost to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final. The Kings went on to win the Stanley Cup.

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Farrish: Rangers have refined their game plan

Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 1:42 PM / Rangers vs Lightning - 2015 Eastern Conference Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning during the Eastern Conference Final series, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Dave Farrish to break down the action. Farrish will be checking in throughout the series.

Farrish was an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs from 2005-14. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He also coached 1,027 games in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Farrish, a former defenseman, played 430 games over seven seasons in the NHL.

After feeling like the New York Rangers had very little will to win in Game 5 on Sunday, Dave Farrish watched the same team come out in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday determined to extend its season.

The Rangers roared to a 7-3 victory at Amalie Arena to tie the best-of-7 series against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 3-3. He thinks the Rangers figured out a few things in the process.

"I think they realize what has made them successful," Farrish said.

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Rangers not ignoring home struggles entering Game 7

Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 12:15 PM / Rangers vs Lightning - 2015 Eastern Conference Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TAMPA -- If players and coaches truly believe that statistics from previous games don't matter once they get to Game 7, then the New York Rangers have to be as willing to throw away the numbers that show how they've been almost unbeatable when facing elimination as they are those that show how they've been largely ineffective at Madison Square Garden against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Since nobody seems willing to forget that the Rangers are 15-3 when facing elimination since 2012, 6-1 in Game 7s with Henrik Lundqvist as their goalie, and 7-0 in Game 7s at home, nobody can ignore the fact that they have scored four goals in three home games against the Lightning heading into Game 7 at the Garden on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The best-of-7 series is tied 3-3; the road team has won four of the six games. The Rangers are 2-1 with 17 goals at Amalie Arena; they're 1-2 with four goals at the Garden.

"It should be the other way around, but we're a pretty good road team," Rangers center Derick Brassard said.

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Stellar Lundqvist shuts down Stamkos, Lightning

Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 12:13 PM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

NHL.com

The New York Rangers lit up the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final in a 7-3 win that evened the best-of-7 series 3-3 and set up Game 7 on Friday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The biggest play of the game, however, was a goal that wasn't scored.

The Rangers led 2-1 after two periods and then erupted for four goals in the third. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 28 of his 36 saves in the first two periods to put the Rangers in position to break the game open in the third. His biggest save came in the first when he robbed Lightning captain Steven Stamkos at 14:14.

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Dennis: Lightning need to have short memory

Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 11:37 AM / Rangers vs Lightning - 2015 Eastern Conference Final

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Final, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Chris Dennis to break down the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dennis will be checking in throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Dennis spent 10 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, including the past two as an assistant coach under Randy Carlyle and Peter Horachek. Prior to that he was the Maple Leafs' video coach for eight seasons.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have the unenviable role of having two days to dwell on their 7-3 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper could spend time going through the video and finding the positives, because besides allowing seven goals, there were points in the game when the Lightning played well.

However, Chris Dennis said he believes that whatever positives might have occurred in Game 6, the best thing the Lightning can do is put what happened behind them as quickly as possible.

"If you're at this point, you're one game away from the Stanley Cup Final," he said. "You can't be looking back on what happened last night. It's over. You have to move on and prepare for Game 7. You can't focus on what just happened. If there's strategic changes that the coaching staff feels they need to make to adapt to something the Rangers did differently, then you would look back on that. Other than that you're moving forward and what's happened, happened. You have one game now to qualify for the Stanley Cup. That's what their focus will be."

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Lundqvist the difference for Rangers in Game 6 win

Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 1:12 AM / Rangers vs Lightning - 2015 Eastern Conference Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning came at New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with numbers seemingly every time they came down the ice. They were winning the middle of the ice, winning the possession game, winning everything but on the scoreboard through 40 minutes Tuesday.

Lundqvist was the difference, as he tends to be when the Rangers are facing elimination. He controlled the fire through two periods in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena. His teammates put it out with a dominant start to the third period.

The Rangers defeated the Lightning 7-3 to even the best-of-7 series at 3-3; they can eliminate them on Friday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), where they do not lose Game 7s.

The Rangers are 7-0 all time in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden, including a win in the second round against the Washington Capitals. Lundqvist is 6-1 with a 0.97 goals-against average in Game 7s. He is now 15-3 with a 1.47 GAA and .954 save percentage in 18 elimination games since 2012.

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Rangers' Brassard answers coach's challenge in win

Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 1:06 AM / Rangers vs Lightning - 2015 Eastern Conference Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TAMPA -- The meeting that helped save the New York Rangers season took place Tuesday morning in the cramped quarters of the visiting coach's room inside Amalie Arena.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault called in centers Derick Brassard and Derek Stepan and presented them with a challenge.

"He challenged us to be a little better," Brassard said.

It was just the three of them. No voices were raised. Nothing crazy happened. No hard feelings. No animosity.

"We never felt he was angry with us, but it was good to have that little extra push," Stepan said.

Vigneault gave it to them because he knew that there was no way the Rangers were going to survive one more night in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs without a strong performance from their top two centers, or at least one that was stronger than they had in Game 5, when New York got shutout 2-0 at Madison Square Garden.

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Lightning's home struggles continue in Game 6 loss

Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 1:05 AM / Rangers vs Lightning - 2015 Eastern Conference Final

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- The message was clear from the Tampa Bay Lightning locker room after a 7-3 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday: Move on and prepare for Game 7.

The Rangers tied the best-of-7 series at 3-3 and will host Game 7 at Madison Square Garden on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Tampa Bay had a golden opportunity to advance to the Stanley Cup Final on home ice. The Lightning were 32-8-1 at Amalie Arena during the regular season, the best home record in the NHL. But in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they are 5-5 at home and have given up 34 goals.

The Lightning are 6-3 on the road in the postseason and have allowed 16 goals.

"It would be nice if you could put your finger on [the home losses]," Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said. "But I don't know what the reason is. It's a really good building for us to play in and it's nice to win in front of these fans."


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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