As they usually do in a crucial game, Lightning was nearly flawless in defense in Game 4 of their series against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night in Tampa Bay. The two-time champion won 4-1 to tie the Eastern Conference finals 2-2.
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Team Lightning reminds us of the New Yorkers of the early ’80s, a team that was able to win a lot of different ways. Like the islanders of the era, who won four Stanley Cups and 19 consecutive series from 1980 to 1984, Lightning had it all.
First, there is a goalkeeper who is always at his best in key matches. Apparently The Lightning didn’t want to appear at the 5e Game in the series at Madison Square Garden down 3-1. Andrei Vasilevskiy made sure that this would not be the case.
When at his top, Vasilevskiy has good puck control and very few rebounds. Rangers had a few good chances to score in the slot, but second chances were almost non-existent on Tuesday night.
The Lightning defenders, on the other hand, played it safe for most of the match… with the exception of Zach Bogosian. Known for his shoulders and playing into his territory, Bogosian launched the attack several times in the first period, and thanks to his recklessness, the lightning opened the scoring. Pat Maroon completed the match after Bogosian appeared.
After this goal scored by the fourth streak, the attacking stars of Lightning took control. As they did in the last minute of the 3rde In the match, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Balat combined efforts to give Lightning a 2-0 lead, but only this time it was Balat who got a good pass to allow Kucherov to score his seventh goal.e Series.
Collusion between Palat and Kucherov is nothing new, they completed a trilogy with Tyler Johnson when they arrived in Tampa Bay eight years ago. At the time, some critics seemed to think that Kucherov was the worst of those three players, but hey, let’s move on…
Steven Stamkos scored 7 for ite The series in turn at the beginning of the third inning, then Balat completed the scoring in the empty net. Collect bales three points.
When they lost 3-0 and had the power, the Rangers finally beat Vasilevsky. Artemi Panarin scored with 3:33 left in regulation time. A goal made the final minutes of play a little more exciting, as the minutes at the same time gave us the chance to see Ryan McDonagh, Anthony Cirelli and Nick Paul, among others, excel in defence.
Julien Presboa built his fourth pre-season streak by hiring Corey Berry and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to join Maron. When the general manager wanted to add depth to his offense, he got Nick Paul of the Ottawa Senators and Brandon Hagel of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Paul is having a great playoff. A strong and imposing opponent (6 foot 3, 220 pounds) who excels defensively, he has had three goals and four assists since the start of the tournament. He could gain full independence next month, and his services would be in great demand if he did. Paul is only 27 years old.
It’s even more difficult in the case of Brandon Hagel. Lightning sacrifices two first picks to get it and they are offensively slow to produce. He scored only one goal and has only 4 points in 15 play-offs.
A light player (5 feet 11 inches, 175 pounds) who often struggles to protect the disc, Hagel missed some golden opportunities during the playoffs. The 23-year-old hit his net wide open.
But Hagel failed to appear on the scoring sheet, throwing the glove past Frank Vatrano on Tuesday night, which certainly earned him points with his teammates. It is not for lack of effort or participation that he is slow to establish himself with lightning.
And the Rangers in all of this? After losing second place Ryan Strom in the previous game, he lost to third place, Philip Chettle, on Tuesday. thickens; There is no doubt that the pressure will be on their shoulders Thursday night.
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