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WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Rangers, Eastern Conference Final Game 7


It’s Game 7 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden tonight (8 p.m. ET), with the winner advancing to the Stanley Cup Final. Do the Rangers have more Game 7 magic in them, or can the Lightning overcome a loss in Game 6 to clinch a spot in the championship series for the first time in 11 years?

You can watch the game on NBCSN or online via the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.


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Coyotes reinstate color analyst Boynton after guilty plea in casino incident

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The Arizona Coyotes have reinstated radio color analyst Nick Boynton, who earlier this month plead guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from an incident at a Buffalo casino in March.

“I’ve met with Nick several times and he knows he made a terrible mistake,” Coyotes co-owner, president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said in a statement on Friday.

“Nick is a good person and everyone deserves a second chance. He recently completed his alcohol counseling program and will now be reinstated as our radio color analyst.”

Boynton was placed on a leave of absence from the Coyotes following the incident, which was described as a “drunken rampage.”

He also entered into a treatment facility shortly after his suspension from the club.

Video: Lundqvist helps lead Rangers back to New York for Game 7

Henrik Lundqvist

An ideal start is what the New York Rangers got off to on Tuesday, in a game they needed to win, on the shoulders of Henrik Lundqvist.

Sure, the Rangers converted a pair of goals, including one of Derick Brassard’s three on the night, to take the lead. Those two goals came on seven shots, while the Tampa Bay Lightning, with a chance to earn a berth in the Stanley Cup Final, fired 16 toward Lundqvist.

He made 28 saves through two periods, including this left-pad stop on Steven Stamkos.

Former Ranger Ryan Callahan was the only Tampa Bay player to get a puck by Lundqvist until the third period.

Tampa bay was in chase mode by the time they solved Lundqvist. The Rangers have, once again, forced a Game 7.

“It’s really the best feeling,” Lundqvist told the Toronto Sun.

“It’s a lot of adrenalin and pressure and you’re nervous going into these games. You have to enjoy it. Everything on the line again, playing in front of our fans, there is not a better feeling than to have a big game at home.”


Lightning get taken to ‘school of hard knocks’ in third-period collapse


The New York Rangers have been here before. The Tampa Bay Lightning have not.

The Lightning had a chance to earn a berth in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final with a win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday, but experienced a third-period collapse in a 7-3 loss.

Bring on Game 7 at Madison Square Garden on Friday.

The Rangers went into the third period in a familiar spot, up 2-1. They quickly lit up the Lightning, scoring five times in the final 20 minutes, chasing goalie Ben Bishop from the net.

“I think for five straight periods, we played really, really well. We played defense. We created chances. We just didn’t turn pucks over. We thought we were playing a 2-1 game. Unfortunately, we weren’t winning 2-1,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

“And I think in a matter of seven or eight minutes there in that third period, we gave up more scoring chances and turned over more pucks, more than we did in all of Game 5 combined, the 60-minute game. For our team, as a group, we’ve never been this far before, and so it’s just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn’t.

“We’ve got a young group. They’ve played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we’re not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that’s what they did. It’s a lesson learned.”

Cooper was asked afterward about how his team will respond after such a loss. His answer was one of resolve. Now, will it translate onto the ice in the biggest game of the year for the Lightning, and the Rangers?

“We’re going to respond the same way we have every time our backs are against the wall,” said Cooper.

Video: Miller starts Rangers scoring spree seconds after spectacular Bishop save


J.T. Miller got it all started.

The 22-year-old Miller scored his first goal of the post-season — and first career Stanley Cup playoff goal — to give the New York Rangers a 3-1 lead early in the third period, seconds after Ben Bishop made an absolutely spectacular save. But Bishop couldn’t get back into position, and Miller buried the quick pass out front from Derick Brassard.

That was the first of five New York goals in the third period. The Rangers forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final with a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.