TAMPA, Fla. — Nikita Kucherov scored on a breakaway and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves Tuesday evening to assist the Lightning shut down the Rangers, 4-1, and even the Eastern Conference finals at two video games apiece.
Kucherov took a move from Ondrej Palat in the center of the ice, skated towards Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin and put the puck by him to give Tampa Bay a two-goal lead simply over 13 minutes into the second interval.
Pat Maroon and Steven Stamkos additionally beat Shesterkin, whereas Palat added an empty-net objective for the Lightning, who’ve rebounded from shedding the first two video games of the sequence at Madison Square Garden to preserve their bid to change into the first crew in practically 40 years to win three consecutive Stanley Cup titles alive.
Game 5 is Thursday evening in New York, the place the Rangers received Games 1 and a couple of and are 8-1 this postseason.
Vasilevskiy stopped 28 of 30 photographs to win Game 3 and was even higher Tuesday, when he prolonged a shutout streak to practically 67 minutes earlier than Artemi Panarin scored on the energy play 16 minutes 27 seconds into the third interval.
Until Vasilevskiy’s bid for a shutout ended, the Rangers hadn’t scored since Chris Kreider’s power-play objective put them forward 2-0 at 9:44 of the second interval in Game 3.
It has been all Tampa Bay since then, with Kucherov and Stamkos scoring to wipe out the Game 3 deficit earlier than Palat’s game-winner in the last minute.
The Lightning began sooner Tuesday evening, scoring on Maroon’s rebound simply 2:38 into the sport.
It was the third objective of the playoffs for Maroon, 34, a fourth-line ahead who’s chasing a fourth consecutive Stanley Cup title after successful with St. Louis in 2019 after which Tampa Bay in 2020 and 2021.
Stamkos’s objective constructed the lead to 3-0 early in the third interval. Palat’s objective with 8.7 seconds remaining gave him a three-point evening.
Shesterkin, who confronted 51 photographs in Game 3, stopped 27 of 30 photographs Tuesday.
The Rangers performed with out ahead Ryan Strome, who has a lower-body harm and was scratched after skating in pregame warmups. He was injured Sunday, when he exited in the second interval after enjoying solely slightly over seven minutes. Rangers ahead Filip Chytil left simply previous the midpoint of the second interval on Tuesday after a success by Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman. He missed the remainder of the sport with an upper-body harm.
The Lightning performed for the seventh straight sport with out ahead Brayden Point, who has been out of the lineup since struggling a lower-body harm throughout Game 7 of Tampa Bay’s first-round victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.