When the Lightning left Madison Square Garden last week, they were looking up at a 2-0 hole and facing a pair of make-or-break games on home ice. After taking care of business in Tampa, however, the Bolts will return for a Game 5 tied at two games apiece and with momentum firmly on their side.
Led by a stellar 33-save performance from Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Bolts rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final at AMALIE Arena on Tuesday.
Pat Maroon got the scoring started less than three minutes into the game when he swatted home a rebound. Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos followed up in the second and third periods to provide the insurance before Ondrej Palat put the game out of reach with an empty netter just before time expired.
With New York’s lone goal coming on the power play late in the third, Vasilevskiy has now gone two-straight games without allowing an even strength goal.
Game 5 is set for Thursday night back at Madison Square Garden with puck drop scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
TBL 1, NYR 0
2:38 Pat Maroon (3) – Zach Bogosian, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
Driving hard down the right wing, Zach Bogosian made a power move to the front of the net and forced Igor Shesterkin to fight off his backhand attempt. Although the save was made, the rebound popped free in front of the net for Pat Maroon to sweep home and give Tampa Bay the early lead.
TBL 2, NYR 0
13:07 Nikita Kucherov (7) – Ondrej Palat, Jan Rutta
After Jan Rutta collected a New York clearing attempt in the neutral zone, he quickly turned it around to Ondrej Palat, who worked the puck ahead to Nikita Kucherov at the blue line. With the middle of the ice open, Kucherov sped in alone on Shesterkin and slipped a shot through the goaltender’s five-hole.
TBL 3, NYR 0
4:56 Steven Stamkos (7) – Ondrej Palat, Jan Rutta
Steven Stamkos provided some extra breathing room less than five minutes into the third when he cleaned up a rebound at the side of the net. Shesterkin made the initial save on Palat, but the rebound came free for Stamkos at the far post, and he scored from a sharp angle.
TBL 3, NYR 1
16:27 Artemi Panarin (6) – Andrew Copp, Adam Fox – PPG
New York got the sixth skater on the ice late in the third with Alex Killorn in the box for holding and cashed in on the 6-on-4 advantage to break up Andrei Vasilevskiy‘s shutout bid. The puck pinballed its way to Artemi Panarin inside the right circle and he quickly fired it home to get the Rangers back within two.
TBL 4, NYR 1
19:51 Ondrej Palat (7) – Unassisted – ENG
Palat iced the game with an empty net goal in the final 10 seconds of regulation.