New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning, Game 3
Series Tied 1-1
8:00 PM EST on NBCSN
Nothing lasts forever, but things like completely unsustainable streaks of one-goal games DEFINITELY don't last forever. After playing 14 consecutive 1-goal playoff games, the New York Rangers finally discovered what a multi-goal lead looks like. Unfortunately for King Henrik, they did it from the wrong side.
Play was competitive at even strength and the Rangers even outshot the Lightning 37-26 on the night, but the Lightning were absolutely dominant on special teams. The night started with a 5-on-3 shorthanded goal for the Lightning's young standout. The Rangers answered with a power play goal to deny Tyler Johnson the natural hattrick, so instead the Lightning MVP went for a "one of each type" hattrick, adding a power play goal and another at even strength. The Lightning finished the night with three power play goals, a short handed tally, and two more even strength goals for good measure. Now the Lightning head back to Tampa Bay for a pair of home games where they'll hope to take a 3-1 hold on the series. To get that far, however, they'll need to put more pucks on net, because Henrik Lundqvist won't be allowing 6 goals on 26 shots again any time soon.
Root for the Lightning: Because Tyler Johnson is the only real choice for the Conn Smythe.
Root for the Rangers: Because this is their last chance for a while. Seriously look at their cap situation