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Palat scores late, Lightning hit Rangers 3-1 inside Game 5

Palat scores late, Lightning hit Rangers 3-1 inside Game 5

NEW YORK (AP) — After falling behind midway into and not here of the game, the Tampa Bay Lightning showed the poise of a two-time defending champion. They rallied for another late victory to go a come first in away from returning to the Stanley Cup Final.

Ondrej Palat scored on a deflection accompanied by 1:50 residual to shatter a bind with every one other accompanied by lead the Lightning to a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday darkness for a 3-2 lead inside the Eastern Conference final.

"We fair stayed patient," Tampa Bay leader Steven Stamkos said. "We knew it would exist a be brave enough inside this atmosphere. We knew it would exist a low-scoring grinding game. We continued our game scheme with every one other accompanied by got rewarded."

Mikhail Sergachev had a goal with every one other accompanied by an assist, with every one other accompanied by Brandon Hagel too scored to assist the Lightning obtain their third unswerving victory, the earliest by a highway team inside this series. Andre Vasilevskiy stopped 24 shots.

On the tiebreaking goal, Sergachev got a go from Victor Hedman with every one other accompanied by fired a report from the just point into and not here of vehicles inside front that deflected off Palat's knee with every one other accompanied by past Igor Shesterkin to present with the Lightning their earliest lead of the night.

"I saw our guys going to the netting hard," Sergachev said. "I tried to shoot the puck while fast while possible."

Ryan Lindgren scored for New York, which had won eight unswerving at home. Shesterkin finished accompanied by 24 saves.

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"It certainly stings," Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba said. "It was a firm game that could have gone either way. I believe that's what makes it additional frustrating."

Game 6 is Saturday darkness inside Tampa, Florida.

"We haven't won the series, it's fair 3-2," Lightning bus Jon Cooper said. "The Rangers — some team — has proven they tin rub that out. We're the earliest ones accompanied by our eyes wide open. knowing that tin happen. We'll see how this goes."

Vasilevskiy made some sprawling saves midway into and not here of the third, stopping attempts by Ryan Strome, Adam Fox with every one other accompanied by at that hour dated Lindgren inside a 32-second span to retain it tied at 1. Vasilevskiy too gloved a report by Kevin Rooney accompanied by concerning eight minutes left.

After Palat's deflection place the Lightning ahead, Hagel sealed the come first in accompanied by a empty-netter accompanied by 59 seconds remaining.

"The game-winning goal tin go nearer inside the earliest minute or last minute," Cooper said. "It doesn't really matter when it comes. You fair have to obtain it."

The mislaying dropped the Rangers to a 3-2 series opening for the third hour dated this postseason. They were down 3-1 to Pittsburgh inside the earliest circular earlier to winning trio unswerving to advance. Then, they trailed 3-2 opposed to Carolina earlier to winning the last set of two games to stretch not here the conference finals.

"It seems exist fond of we amuse oneself our finest hockey when our backs are opposed to the wall," Lindgren said. "We've fair got to go to Tampa with every one other accompanied by come first in a game. Take it one game at a hour dated with every one other accompanied by fair sketch from those past experiences with every one other accompanied by go amuse oneself our finest hockey."

Shesterkin made a nice save on a hurry by Palat set of two minutes into the following period, with every one other accompanied by Vasilevskiy had sliding pad save on Tyler Motte less than a minute subsequent to retain the game scoreless.

Shesterkin at that hour dated made some nice saves throughout a Lightning ability play, including on a slap report by Nikita Kucherov 4:14 into the period.

The Rangers got their earliest ability amuse oneself of the darkness when the Lightning were called for excessively numerous men accompanied by concerning eight minutes into the centre period. They managed set of two shots throughout the advantage.

Shortly following the punishment expired, the Rangers opened the scoring when Lindgren fired a report from the left-hand side over Vasilevskiy's just take on accompanied by vehicles inside front accompanied by 9:31 left-hand inside the period. It was the defenseman's following of the postseason.

After a Lightning turnover, Motte fired a lengthy report that was gloved with every one other accompanied by smothered by Vasilevskiy accompanied by fair under trio minutes left-hand to retain it a one-goal game.

Just 30 later, Sergachev tied it from center point accompanied by a report into and not here of vehicles for his earliest this postseason accompanied by 2:26 to go.

The Rangers outshot the Lightning inside a fast-paced with every one other accompanied by penalty-free earliest period. New York had the only report on goal of earliest 5 1/2 minutes, a slap report by Braden Schneider 1:42 into the game. Kucherov hit a goalpost less than 20 seconds earlier.

Nicholas Paul hit a pole accompanied by 8 1/2 minutes left-hand inside the time with every one other accompanied by Shesterkin stopped a report by Riley Nash accompanied by 6:48 residual on the Lightning's following report on goal of the game.

Vasileveskiy made set of two nice saves a minute later, denying slap shots by Artemi Panarin with every one other accompanied by Filip Chytil.

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The Rangers had forwards Strome with every one other accompanied by Chytil inside the starting lineup. Strome missed Game 4 accompanied by a foot body wound sustained inside the foregoing game. Chytil left-hand Tuesday night's game fair past the midpoint of the following time following a hit by Hedman.

New York was lacking forward Ryan Reaves, who was a in good physical condition scratch. Kevin Rooney, who went inside for Strome inside the foregoing game, played again.

The Lightning were lacking forward Brayden Point (lower-body injury) for a ninth unswerving game. He has not played since he was injured inside Game 7 of the earliest circular opposed to Toronto.

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