Lightning Knot Eastern Conference Finals With 4-1 Domination of Rangers

Tampa Bay Lightning Win Vs Rangers NHL Background

  • Superstars carry Lightning into 2-2 lock with Rangers
  • Tampa Bay once again covers the spread at home
  • Defense, Vasilevskiy’s goalie skills ignite Bolts

Kucherov, Stamkos Ignite 2-2 Ledger with Rangers

It didn’t take the Tampa Bay Lightning long to show the New York Rangers that a skate in Amalie Arena was going to be anything but a walk in a Tampa park.

Pat Maroon provided the first goal as he scored just 2:38 into the first period. Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos provided their seventh goals of the playoffs as the Lightning powered past the New York Rangers, 4-1, in Game 4 on Tuesday evening.

Ondrej Palat, the author of the quick game-winning goal on Sunday afternoon, scored Tampa Bay’s late marker at the 19:51 mark of the third period.

Please Note:

The Lightning made 27 of 30 shots against Shesterkin while Palat posted an empty-netter. Tampa Bay’s early activity was proof that the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions would greet the Rangers with the aggression that opponents have now seen that has been a Lightning characteristic.

The Lightning blocked 17 shots although they were outhit, 35-27.

Lightning Still Trail Avalanche as Stanley Cup Favorite

While Tampa Bay and Colorado both opened the season with (+750) odds to win the Stanley Cup, online sportsbooks continue to administer a (-220) line for Colorado while the Lightning stay around (+320).

The Rangers had a (+2100) setting with the early season odds, but now they sit at (+650).

Thursday night’s Game 5 is back in Madison Square Garden, but Tampa Bay has been given a (-130) advantage while the Rangers sit at (+115). The Lightning (-1.5) are also once again favored.

Tampa Bay is 8-5 overall and 4-4 in road games in the 2022 NHL Playoffs while New York is 8-1 at MSG with those eight wins coming in a row. The only loss was in Game 1 of the opening series when they fell, 4-3, to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Lightning have been posted with a (-165) spot to win the Eastern Conference with the Rangers currently at (+145).

Both goalies are listed in the Conn Smyth odds for NHL MVP as Vasilevskiy is fourth at (+850) while Shesterkin notches a (+800). Kucherov shares (+850) for NHL MVP honors as he is staged with Vasilevskiy as of now.

Colorado’s Cale Maker is currently the favorite at (+170) while his teammate Nathan MacKinnon is sitting close at (+190).

Lightning Showing Peak Efficiency Despite Loss of Brayden Point

In the goalie matchup between Tampa Bay’s Andre Vasilevskiy and New York’s Igor Shisterkin. Vasilevskiy was stellar in the two entries in Amalie Arena as he stopped 34 of 35 shots on Tuesday evening after the 28 out of 30 blocks on Sunday.

The passing between Kucherov and his teammates has been a major entity for the Lightning as well. After Kucherov hit Palat for the game-winner in Game 3, they were at it again on Tuesday as Palat picked up a pair of assists. He fed Kucherov on his break-away score.

Kucherov then found Stamkos off of a face-off in the Tampa Bay zone as the Lightning gathered a 3-0 advantage at 4:56 in the third period. Lightning center Brayden Point is still listed as day-to-day as he has been occupied by a lower-body injury in the Game 7 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Tampa Bay’s first series of the playoffs.

Please Note:

He played in 66 regular-season games and came up with 58 points as 28 of those were on scores and 30 were assists. He also had two goals and two assists on 21 shots in that first-round matchup with the Maple Leafs.

His 28 goals were the second on the team behind Stamkos’ 42.

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