The Tampa Bay Lightning found a way to get the win against the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals. The Lightning scored the winning goal against the Rangers, ending the match 6-5 in overtime. Lightning player Tyler Johnson said about Game 3:
“We worked hard and were happy with the way we played… Obviously didn’t want to give up as many goals, but things happen. They’re a great team. We knew if we just kept on playing, played our game, we were going to get a bounce. Luckily for us, we got that bounce before them.”
The Lightning now lead the series 2-1 and have the chance to extend their series lead, getting one step closer to a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said about Game 3:
“We’ve got a pretty quick team and they have a quick team… I don’t know how it looks on TV, but when you’re standing there, it’s just, pardon the pun, it’s lightning fast. It’s just amazing how the skill level and the speed and how these guys can play the way they do at that high pace.”
The Rangers were still recovering from their crushing Game 2 loss, which ended in a 6-2 final score, as reported by the Inquisitr. The Rangers’ loss in Game 3, though not crushing, comes as a frustration holding the lead going into the third period. The Rangers however could not hold onto the lead.
New York Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh said about their Game 3 loss,
“It’s another one that stings for sure, given the fact that we had to climb our way back… A couple ties there, a late goal, felt good about ourselves going into overtime, had a couple looks early there, but they found a way to get a win here and they’re up 2-1.”
McDonagh said about the Rangers’ play in Game 3,
“[We played] a lot more like ourselves, playing fast… [We] had a lot of good examples of that in the game, but it’s still pretty tough when you give us six goals against. You can’t expect to win a lot of games when we give u that many.”
The Lightning now have the advantage to take a commanding lead in the series when the return home for Game 4 on Friday in Tampa. Once again, the Rangers will have to regroup and rally to find a way to win on the road, already down two games to one.
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