Lightning hold momentum heading into Game 5 vs. Rangers

Lightning hold momentum heading into Game 5 vs. Rangers

TAMPA, Fla. — Momentum.

The Rangers flew south with it and so they headed again house with out it.

From the look of the proceedings within the Japanese Convention Remaining, courting again to Recreation 2 on the Backyard, when the Rangers gained a second straight contest and appeared to have taken management of the collection, the Blueshirts have awoken the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning. And that’s a harmful factor.

The collection lead the Rangers took to Tampa evaporated within the suffocating Florida humidity, and after a dreadful 4-1 loss to the Lightning on Tuesday evening in Recreation 4 at Amalie Area, the collection is tied at 2-2.

It has not been a productive three days for the Rangers.

The groups will play Recreation 5 on the Backyard on Thursday evening however even with the Rangers nonetheless proudly owning home-ice edge, it seems like benefit Lightning, now that Tampa Bay has wrested away the momentum of the collection.

The Rangers skate off the ice throughout their 4-1 Recreation 4 loss to the Lightning.Corey Sipkin

Earlier than Recreation 4, when Rangers coach Gerard Gallant was requested what he was searching for from his workforce, he emphasised the primary interval as a key.

“Good, strong first interval to begin off,’’ he stated, “and play our sport from there.’’

Gallant bought something however that. The Rangers performed on their again ft for almost all of the primary interval and by no means recovered. It appeared like a continuation of the third interval Sunday, when the Rangers conceded to being too passive en path to a 3-2 loss in Recreation 3.

The primary interval ended with the Lighting main 1-0, however the deficit felt larger.

“I don’t assume it was an terrible first interval,’’ Gallant stated after the sport. “I didn’t assume it was a great first interval in no way, however we’re enjoying towards a fairly good hockey workforce that was fairly determined once more tonight down 2-1.’’

Essentially the most deceiving factor was that the Rangers had outshot the Lightning 10-8 and had gained 10 of 18 faceoffs. Stats be damned, it was Tampa Bay that had probably the most harmful scoring possibilities. Had it not been for Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin, it might have been 3-0 Lightning on the first intermission.

Tampa Bay scored its first objective on a backhander from Pat Maroon, who made a nifty inside transfer to lose Rangers defenseman Justin Braun in entrance of the online. Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian created the play, although, driving the puck into the Rangers’ zone and leaving defenseman Ryan Reaves in his wake. He drew Shesterkin out of the online and made an inside transfer on Braun.

The primary interval was the whole lot the Lightning wished and the whole lot the Rangers had hoped to keep away from.

And Lightning goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, who gave up 9 objectives on 62 pictures within the first two video games, has discovered his footing.

“He’s getting his mojo again,’’ Lightning coach Jon Cooper stated. “If anybody was damage probably the most by the [10-day] layoff [before the series], it was him.’’

Earlier than the sport, Cooper was requested if he believes in momentum within the playoffs.

“There may be momentum in playoffs,” he stated. “I feel it goes with collection. Take a look at the Rangers. They fell behind in collection [against Pittsburgh and Carolina] and constructed momentum and their workforce has gotten higher because the collection have gone on.

“We needed to cease the Rangers’ roll. And hopefully [Ondrej Palat’s game-winning] objective with 42 seconds [left in Game 3] put just a little pin of their bubble.’’

That Blueshirts’ bubble appeared fully deflated Tuesday evening.

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