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NY Rangers vs Lightning Game 7 final score, results and recap: Lightning book into Stanley Cup Finals

The Tampa Bay Lightning booked themselves into the Stanley Cup Finals after beating the New York Rangers, 2-0, on Friday night in the do-or-die seventh games at Madison Square Garden.

Ben Bishop bounced back from being overwhelmed by the Rangers in Game 6, allowing five goals. Bishop shut down the offense of the Rangers with his 22 saves, handing his counterpart Henrik Lundqvist his first ever Game 7 loss. After scoreless two periods, the Lightning drew the first blood through Alex Killorn’s goal and Ondrej Palt secured the victory with another goal.

The Lightning will meet either Chicago or Anaheim in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Ducks will play the Blackhawks on Saturday night in the Western Conference Finals Game 7.

This is the end of the road for the Rangers. Though Lundqvist displayed his best with 23 saves and 92.0 saving percentage, he needed help. Lundqvist had no help at all from the offense of the Rangers.

Preview:

The Tampa Bay Lightning face the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals Stanley Cup playoffs at 8:00 PM ET at the Madison Square Garden, New York. The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, hockey’s biggest stage. Lightning vs Rangers Game 7 is set on Friday.

As a whole, the Lighting possess numbers of star players like Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov. Moreover, the presence of goaltender Ben Bishop absolutely enhances the Lightning’s victory route in Game 7.

Kucherov scored two goals in the third quarter of Game 6 while Ryan Callahan drilled in the first goal in the first quarter. Tampa Bay scored three goals but the game was still a blowout in favor of the Rangers. The Lightning had the opportunity in closing out the series but the Rangers responded it correctly.

On the postseason, Johnson leads in points and goals with 20 and 12 respectively. Kucherov has accumulated 19 points (nine goals and 10 assists) while Stamkos added 17 points (seven goals and 10 assists). Alex Killorn has contributed 15 points (six goals and nine assists). Furthermore, Palat has amassed 14 points (six goals and eight assists).

The NY Rangers envisioned themselves to be in this position, playing Game 7 at home. The Rangers have Rick Nash, a 42-goal scorer that set NHL record, and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who is at his best in Game 7s.

It’s shocking to note that Lundqvist has won his last six Game 7s, posting a 0.81 goals against average, a .973 save percentage and one shutout. The six consecutive Game 7 wins are an NHL record and his Game 7 wins are tied with Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy for the most in NHL history.

”I don’t know if I’m comfortable,” Lundqvist said . ” I just try to go out and do my job. You’re definitely nervous, but it comes down to teamwork. I feel comfortable when we’re in the right place, when we’re doing good things out there. I feel like it’s easier for me to focus on my game, and that’s a big part of winning these games, too. You focus on the team concept and the things that brought you to this moment.”

Lundqvist was responsible in denying 36 shots of the Lightning in Game 6. He is the key for the Rangers to be back in the Stanley Cup Finals.

On the post season, Derick Brassard leads in points and goals with 16 and nine respectively for the NY Rangers. Nash leads in assists with six while he also has five goals. Derek Stapan has contributed 12 points (five points and seven assists).

Lightning vs NY Rangers free stream radio coverage is on NHL Radio Network. Satellite radio subscribers can find the game on XM channels 218 and 219, Sirius channels 211 and 220 or SiriusXM internet stations 920 and 927.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2015 NY Rangers Lightning live stream Game 4 is on NBC Live Extra. Watch NHL Playoffs 2015 Lightning (Bolts) vs NY Rangers tv channel coverage schedule is on NBCSN. The winner will advance to face the winner of the Anaheim Ducks vs Chicago Blackhawks Game 7.

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