The fourth game of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight is critical to both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers. The Lightning lead the series 2-1 taking a dominant control of the series before heading to Madison Square Garden and game 5 would be preferred. The Rangers, on the other hand, are looking to reload and bring the series back to even before heading home.
After the very tight game 1, Tampa Bay has outscored New York 12-7, rattling King Henrik Lundqvist in the process. New York had participated in nine games that hand ended 2-1 in the playoffs before the previous two contests, while also playing 13 consecutive games that ended with a 1-goal differential. They have 14-of-15 with that aspect now, but only twice has the Rangers allowed more than 4 goals in a playoff game in 2015. That was in games 2 and 3.
The Tampa Bay Lightning put forth a good effort, following a game plan that typically pays off for them, but didn't have an answer for Henrik Lundqvist, who rebounded from back-to-back games surrendering six goals.