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Comeback fit for a King: Lundqvist, Rangers even series in Game 4

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The New York Rangers were put in a tough position after goaltender Henrik Lundqvist surrendered six goals in back-to-back games. He responded with a great showing in Game 4 and his teammates were able to reward his efforts with plenty of support in a 5-1 victory Friday night.

Although the final score is unquestionably one-sided, the game arguably wasn’t. After a fairly even first period, the Lightning took off in terms of five-on-five shot attempts and scoring chances compared to the Rangers, as you can see in this chart courtesy of War on Ice:

















A big part of the reason why the Rangers won anyways was Lundqvist. He turned aside 38 of 39 shots to keep the Rangers in this game during some of their leaner stretches. Given his recent struggles, the fact that he was able to respond tonight is huge. His ability to step up when his team needs him the most is likely part of the reason head coach Alain Vigneault didn’t even consider swapping goaltenders for Friday’s contest.

The Rangers were also able to take advantage of their power-play opportunities. Markers from Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash with the man advantage in the third period provided them with plenty of breathing room. The fact that those two found the back of the net is noteworthy in itself given that both have been snakebitten for the most part in the playoffs.

Nash also scored in the first period, making this the first multi-goal postseason game of his career.

The Rangers evened the series at 2-2 and have reclaimed the home ice advantage in the process. The onus is now on Tampa Bay to win on the road, although that hasn’t been much of a problem for either team so far in this series.

Rangers, Lightning prospects combine to help Quebec win Memorial Cup opener

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While the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning fought in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final, players representing the rival organizations worked together in the Quebec Remparts’ 4-3 victory over the Kelowna Rockets in the first game of the 2015 Memorial Cup.

Rangers defensive prospect Ryan Graves found the back of the net while his team was shorthanded early in the third period to give Quebec a 3-1 lead. Anthony Duclair, who was drafted by New York but dealt to Arizona in the Keith Yandle trade, assisted on the marker. Kelowna’s Gage Quinney brought the Rockets within one, but Lightning prospect Adam Erne gave the Remparts some breathing room with an empty netter.

Erne’s marker proved to be vital as Leon Draisaitl, who was taken by the Edmonton Oilers with the third overall pick in the 2014 draft, scored for Kelowna with just 36 seconds remaining in regulation time. Draisaitl’s efforts ultimately proved to be too little, too late though.

Zachary Fucale was the winning goaltender with 25 saves. He’s a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization after being selected with the 36th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

The Memorial Cup will continue on Saturday when Rimouski takes on Oshawa.

Video: Stamkos nets big one-timer, Rangers answer with two goals in under two minutes

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Stamkos had a quiet start to the 2015 playoffs, but he’s heated up tremendously as we’ve gotten deeper into the postseason. With the Lightning down 1-0 in the second period, Stamkos extended his goal scoring streak to three games by launching a one-timer past Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist:

Stamkos now has six markers in his last nine games. Lightning coach Jon Cooper deserves some credit for that turnaround as his decision to move Stamkos to the wing has paid dividends.

It might not be enough to save Tampa Bay tonight though. While the Lightning largely controlled the play in the second period up until Stamkos’ goal, the Rangers bounced right back after they lost their lead. Chris Kreider scored at 15:16 of the second frame and Keith Yandle provided some insurance just 1:48 minutes later with his first marker of the 2015 playoffs: