Lightning not entirely set in stone to bounce back against Rangers

Lightning not entirely set in stone to bounce back against Rangers

Tampa, Florida 05th June, 2022: The double cross protecting Stanley Cup champions are down 2-0 to the New York Rangers in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference elimination round however stay certain they have the stuff to move once again into the best-of-seven series.

"No one's anticipating that we should win a meeting last 4-0," forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare said Saturday. Game 3 is Sunday at Amalie Arena after the Rangers overwhelmed the initial two games at home. Lightning mentor Jon Cooper refered to unfortunate puck the board, as well as the absence of a need to get a move on in his group's play, as variables adding to Tampa Bay losing sequential season finisher games without precedent for three years. And keeping in mind that the mentor was empowered by the manner in which his group answered during the last part of a 3-2 misfortune in Game 2, Cooper focused on the reigning champions actually have "better in us."

"Eventually you could lose two in succession in the end of the season games. The way that we haven't for how long is striking," Cooper said after the Lightning's NHL record of 18 successive dominates in matches following a postseason misfortune came to a sudden stop Friday night. "Did it take us out of end of the season games? It didn't," Cooper added. "Do we have a slope to climb? Doubtlessly." In any case, the Lightning feel they have the ability, as well as the versatility and initiative, to beat a slow beginning to the series.

 

( New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) makes a save in the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning )

"We played with a smidgen of urgency," Cooper said of the manner in which Tampa Bay almost cleared out a two-objective deficiency in the end minutes of Game 2. "For us to get once again into the series, we'll require significantly more of that." The Rangers have won six of their last seven games while outscoring rivals 28-13. They've proceeded to win 11 of 13 series all-time in the wake of holding a 2-0 lead. The Lightning face a two-game deficiency in a season finisher series interestingly starting around 2019, when they were cleared by Columbus in the main round. They likewise ended up dispensed with in the wake of falling behind by two games in series in 2014 and 2018.

The Rangers are two wins from an excursion to the Stanley Cup Final, yet don't have any desire to get head of themselves.

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