Mikhail Sergachev scored his second purpose of the recreation with 1 minute 50 seconds remaining to break a tie and push the Lightning to a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night time that gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead in the N.H.L.’s Eastern Conference finals.
In the second interval, Sergachev beat Igor Shesterkin from the proper level by site visitors in entrance of the web to give the Lightning their first lead of the night time.
Brandon Hagel added an empty-net purpose with 59 seconds left to seal the Lightning’s third straight win, and the first victory by a highway crew on this collection. Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 24 pictures.
Ryan Lindgren scored for the Rangers, who had gained eight straight playoff video games at residence after shedding Game 1 of the first spherical to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Shesterkin completed with 24 saves.
Game 6 is Saturday night time in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning gained Games 3 and 4 on residence ice to tie the collection and can now attain their third straight Stanley Cup finals with one other win at Amalie Arena.
Vasilevskiy made a number of sprawling saves halfway by the third, stopping makes an attempt by Ryan Strome, Adam Fox and then Lindgren in a 32-second span to hold the rating tied at 1-1. Vasilevskiy additionally caught a shot by Kevin Rooney with about eight minutes left.
Shesterkin made a pleasant save on a rush by Ondrej Palat two minutes into the second interval, and Vasilevskiy made a sliding pad save on Tyler Motte lower than a minute later to hold the recreation scoreless.
Shesterkin then made a number of good saves throughout a Lightning energy play, together with on a slap shot by Nikita Kucherov 4:14 into the interval.
The Rangers bought their first energy play of the night time when the Lightning had been referred to as for too many males on the ice about eight minutes into the center interval. They managed two pictures throughout the benefit.
Shortly after the penalty expired, the Rangers opened the scoring when Lindgren fired a shot from the left facet over Vasilevskiy’s proper shoulder with site visitors in entrance of the web with 9:31 left in the interval. It was Lindgren’s second purpose of the postseason.
After a Lightning turnover, Motte fired a protracted shot that was gloved and smothered by Vasilevskiy with slightly below three minutes left to hold it a one-goal recreation.
Just 30 seconds later, Sergachev tied it from the blue line with a shot by site visitors for his first purpose this postseason with 2:26 to go.
The Rangers had forwards Ryan Strome and Filip Chytil in the beginning lineup. Strome missed Game 4 with a lower-body harm he sustained in the earlier recreation. Chytil left Tuesday night time’s recreation simply previous the midpoint of the second interval after successful by Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman.
The Lightning had been with out ahead Brayden Point, who has a lower-body harm, for a ninth straight recreation. He has not performed since he was injured in Game 7 of the first spherical towards Toronto.