Lightning beat Rangers, heading for the Stanley Cup Final
Tampa Bay Lightning heads to Stanley’s Final Cup for the third consecutive season and the prize resumes on the road against the top Western Conference team.
The double defense against New York Rangers 2-1 in Game 6 will help them when they face Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 on Wednesday (8 pm ET, ABC).
Captain Steven Stamkos scored two goals, the second just 21 seconds after the Rangers tied the game in the third half.
“We don’t care how it happens, it’s just necessary,” he told reporters after the game. “I am very proud of the team. We are also going to the Finals and have the opportunity to do something special.”
Stamkos opened the scoring in a goalless draw on Saturday as his handball was slightly won by Igor Shesterkin in a time of 10:43 in the second half.
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Stamkos was in the penalty box when New York’s Frank Vatrano built the game in a powerful game at 13:07 in the third quarter.
But Stamkos scored in the next change during the 2-on-1 break as his shot extended to his leg.
“Obviously I was a little disappointed by the punishment,” he said. “You saw them score and you’re in the box. It was amazing. For some reason, I wasn’t as nervous as I always was. I just relied on our team to find a way. Whether it was in accordance with the rules or overtime. We had to win tonight.”
Shesterkin complained but the target escaped the spotlight.
“It’s not the people,” Stamkos said. “It’s good to score a few goals in a big game like this, but if I don’t score and win, I ‘ll be happy …. We know everyone in our room plays a big part in our game. Winning.”
Shesterkin, the latest Vezina and Hart trophy winner, saved 28 when he failed to advance to 6-0 in the playoffs this season.
“I thought Igor was a winner,” said Rangers coach Gerard Gallant. “He gave us a chance to win every night and we came out on top in many games, but he was a winner. He was our best player all year and he did it again in the series.”
Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 20 and was assisted by 17 banned shots by defenders.
The fact that Lightning managed to hold the Rangers to one goal in the last three games goats and also prepare to face the fast-moving Avalanche.
“It’s no secret that they have electronic players,” Stamkos said. “Frankly, it was probably a team we thought we would play a few years ago. … Now they have passed and have just had an incredible mix of fighters, star powers, grinders, sculptors. A big problem for us. ”
Lightning is set to become the first team to win three consecutive Stanley Cups as the New York Islanders have won four in a row since 1980-83.
Although Lightning had no ice at home during the entire game, they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games, knocking out No. 1 total seed for the Florida Panthers and beat the Rangers in six. He participated in the final round of the Eastern Conference after losing the first two games, plus 6-2 in Game 1 after a long absence.
“As the list progressed, we got better, and I think maybe tonight was our best game,” shooter Alex Killorn said.
Victor Hedman of Lightning is leaving the game for a while
Victor Hedman was released from the game in the second half when Alexis Lafrenière grabbed him by the head with a check. The defender, who is the last Norris Trophy for the fifth consecutive season, grabbed his head and broke his staff as he returned to the bench.
Mr. Hedman massaged his jaw while sitting on a bench and was about to go to the dressing room, possibly because of a coma.
But he went back into the third round and played all the time.
Rangers’ Kaapo Kakko kick well
Gallant reduced its use of Kid Line during the team’s defeat in Game 5.
In Game 6, he sat outside Kaapo Kakko and moved two other Kid Line members to other lines. Lafrenière started alongside Mika Zibanejad and Vatrano and Filip Chytil were in line with Chris Kreider and Barclay Goodrow, although the lines changed later.
How, No. 2 nominees all in 2019, with five points in 19 playoff games. Forward Brayden Hunt appeared for the third time in his career and for the first time since the first round.
Ryan Strome from New York, who has been sidelined for some time, left the game briefly but still wore the game. He did not play in the third round.
In the middle of the lightning Brayden Point, who was injured in the first half, also stayed outside, despite being flooded.
“I don’t know about the possibility of Game 1, but it is possible he will play with it,” said coach Jon Cooper.