The Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the New York Rangers in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Lightning finished the season with a record of 51-23-8. The Rangers had a record of 52-24-6 this season. These two teams played each other three times this season with the Rangers winning all three games. The series is tied 2-2. The puck drops at 8 PM EST.
Lightning Tie SeriesTampa Bay took game four 4-1 and they have tied the series 2-2. Ondrej Palat scored a goal and had two assists. Jan Rutta had two assists. Andrei Vasilevskiy was sharp in the net, stopping 34 out of 35 shots faced. The Lightning are now 6-1 at home in the playoffs.
The offense was efficient for the Lightning this season. They ended the season by clicking on offense, scoring three goals or more in eight out of their last nine games. Tampa Bay finished the season ranking seventh in goals per game and 17th in shots per game. Steven Stamkos led the team with 106 points this season. He finished the season top five in points. Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 21 points in 15 playoff games. He had at least one point in three out of four games in the second round. Kucherov scored a goal and had an assist in game two, scored a goal and had two assists in game three, and scored one goal in game four of this series. Tampa Bay scored two goals in each of the first two games, three goals in game three, and four goals in game four against the Rangers.
Defense and goaltending were both very good for Tampa Bay this season. They finished the season ranking sixth in goals against per game and seventh in shots against per game. Andrei Vasilevskiy had a record of 35-16-4 with a 2.46 GAA and .916 SV% this season. Vasilevskiy has been sharp so far in the playoffs. Vasilevskiy allowed one goal or less in five straight playoff games before game one against the Rangers, where he allowed six goals on 34 shots faced. He allowed three goals on 28 shots faced in game two of this series. Vasilevskiy was good in game three, stopping 28 out of 30 shots faced. He continued to play well in game four, allowing one goal on 35 shots faced. Victor Hedman had another good season, with 85 points on the season. Hedman finished the season third in points, third in goals, and second in assists among all defensemen in the league. Hedman has 13 points in 15 playoff games and he is tied for second on the team in points in the playoffs.
Rangers Lose Both Road GamesNew York lost game four 4-1 and the series is now all tied up 2-2. Artemi Panarin scored New York’s lone goal. Igor Shesterkin stopped 27 out of 30 shots faced. The Rangers return home in game 5 with an 8-1 record at Madison Square Garden during the 2022 playoffs.
The offense was average for the Rangers this season. They scored three goals or more in eight out of their last 10 games to end the year. The Rangers ranked 16th in goals per game and 28th in shots per game. Artemi Panarin led the team with 96 points. Chris Kreider was third in the league with 52 goals. The offense was not a problem for the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs, as they scored four goals or more in five out of the seven games in round one. The Rangers’ offense showed up big in games six and seven in the second round, scoring five goals in game six and six goals in game seven. In the first game against the Lightning, the Rangers scored six goals, with six players each having two points in the game. In the second game, New York scored three goals. The Rangers scored two goals in game three and just one goal in game four. Mika Zibanejad leads the team with 24 points in the playoffs.
The defense was fairly good and goaltending was excellent for the Rangers. They ranked second in goals against per game and 11th in shots against per game. Igor Shesterkin was outstanding in the net for the Rangers. He had a record of 36-13-4 with a 2.07 GAA and .935 SV%. Shesterkin ranked first in GAA, first in SV%, and third in shutouts among all goalies in the league. Shesterkin struggled in the first round of the playoffs, allowing three goals or more in six out of seven games in the first round. He was excellent in the series against Carolina, allowing two goals or less in six out of seven games. He allowed two goals in each of the first two games of this series and three goals in games three and four. Adam Fox had 74 points. He was fourth in points and third in assists among all defensemen in the league. Fox had one point or more in each of the seven games in the first round. He has recorded two points or more in five out of the last eight playoff games. Fox continues to play well, recording two assists in games one and two and he had one assist in game three against Tampa Bay.
- Rangers are 8-0 in their last eight games at home
- Rangers are 4-1 in their last five games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
- Lightning are 1-4 in their last five games when playing on the road against NY Rangers
- Lightning are 2-5 in their last seven games against NY Rangers