New York Rangers: In a 3-2 series hole again

NEW YORK — Tampa Bay Lightning New York Rangers' eight-game winning streak at home in playoffs was ended by a 3-1 win Thursday night in Game 5 Eastern Conference finals. They are now on the brink of elimination.

For the Rangers, it's a familiar territory.

Forward Andrew Copp said. “We are going to need to have a degree of desperation. There is belief in the room. We had a solid game of hockey.”

Defenseman Jacob Trouba This belief was emphasized.

“It definitely hurts,” he stated. He said, “But we must go there, win the game, and come back here to play a Game 7. That's our goal. We are going to Tampa to win a game.”

Lightning and Rangers tied 1-1 in third period. Tampa Bay defenseman took a shot. Mikhail Sergachev A winger deflected the ball into the net Ondrej Palat With 1:50 remaining in regulation. This was Palat’s second game-winning goal from the previous three games. He also scored with 42 seconds left in Game 3 back home in Tampa.

Lightning's goalie saved the Rangers from conceding a second goal, limiting them to just one goal. Andrei Vasilevskiy Made 24 saves

Tampa Bay captain: “It's defend till the end.” Steven Stamkos. “We just kept waiting. It was going to be difficult with the environment and the way they were playing. It wasn't always pretty. It was not pretty at times, but we kept it to one. You never know. This was twice where we moved into the final shifts and continued with our game plan. If you stick with it for enough time, you will be rewarded.”

Two unlikely goals were scored in the second half.

Rangers defenseman Ryan LindgrenAt 10:29 in the second period, he floated a long shot through Vasilevskiy from the sideboards to give the 1-0 lead.

The Lightning tied it at 1-1 after Sergachev scored through double-screen in front Rangers goalie. Igor Shesterkin (24 saves), at 17:34

Rangers had a chance to score a second goal, but they couldn't convert. One golden opportunity was missed by the Rangers. Ryan StromeCopp passed to Jeremy, and he could not get the puck to the net. Despite being able to return to Game 5, he couldn't score.

“There are chances everywhere. Copp stated, “I put it behind him anyway.”

Gerard Gallant, Coach of the team, said that Game 5 was full of opportunities for his team.

“There were some places where we should've had an open net.” [goal]He said that the ball jumped over his stick. I thought it was a great game. It was a great hockey game. Although we lost like that, it was a difficult loss.

Rangers' goal was their second even-strength goal in the series since Game 2. Their power play, which ranks second in the playoffs, clicks at a 30% conversion at home, was restricted to one chance in Game 5. It was due to Shesterkin's shot at the Bolts during a shift. Rangers didn't score on their single power play.

Gallant felt that the Rangers should have more power play opportunities. The Lightning weren't whistled because of obvious infractions.

“I did. “I did. However, I believe they were able to do so. [called] an excellent game. Gallant said that the officials let the teams play. Gallant said that officials let the teams play, but that he thought there could have been more.

Copp acknowledged the disparity and put the insufficient number of calls in perspective.

“The only penalty they had to issue was the one that was called because six people were involved in the play. There were probably a few more that were borderline and that might have been deserved. Copp stated that it wasn't as if they had seven power plays, and we only had one. “You cannot rely on that.”

Game 6 of the Rangers' series will be played in Tampa on Saturday night. After three consecutive losses to the Lightning team, there are very few things that can provide them with comfort. They have been through elimination five times in this playoff series — and they have won all five of them.

Lindgren stated, “When our backs are against a wall, we play our best hockey.”

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