In hockey, you don’t always get to see many star vs. star moments, but that’s often what makes them so special.
As their conference final series has gone along, we’ve seen a number of moments where Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos challenged New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist’s glove has come through a few times, but his stop in the second period of Game 5 was a true masterpiece:
How many goalies could stare down Stamkos in such a one-on-one situation and come out on top? Goodness.
He’s available, so he’s in: the Tampa Bay Lightning are getting Matt Carle back in the lineup against the New York Rangers for Game 5.
In other pregame news, Ben Bishop skated off the ice after taking a puck to his nether regions before warm-ups. Here’s video of that unfortunate break:
Bishop’s playing, so it sounds like this will just be an unpleasant way to head into Game 5.
Heading into Game 4, people were wondering if New York Rangers star Henrik Lundqvist would burst out of his slump. Now the focus shifts to the other net, as Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop hopes for a better Game 5.
The series shifts back to Madison Square Garden after two action-packed games in Tampa, and the winner will take a crucial 3-2 series lead. You can watch the action on NBCSN and stream it via NBC Sports Live Extra:
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Ryan Callahan hasn’t registered a point in nine games dating back to Game 7 of the Bolts first round series with the Detroit Red Wings.
Despite the drought, Tampa head coach Jon Cooper feels tonight is the night the 30-year-old finally bumps the slump.
“Probably tonight’s the night he’s going to score, because he does that on big stages and he’s probably going to do it in the building that he grew up as a hockey player,” Cooper said.
Callahan has three assists in 16 playoff games while averaging 17:27 in ice time. He’s also battled back from an emergency appendectomy.
“I don’t judge him on, well, he hasn’t scored a goal in the series. Ryan Callahan brings so much to our team in the locker room, on the ice, his physical play,” Cooper said. “He’s a pain in the butt in front of the net, and he just wears his heart on his sleeve.
“Everybody’s not going to score at the pace of (Steven) Stamkos or (Tyler) Johnson or Kuch (Nikita Kucherov) or those guys that are scoring, but you need other guys to help carry the load. And Callahan’s one of those guys.”
As for his coach’s guarantee, Callahan didn’t seem too bothered.
After saying there’s a chance defenseman Matt Carle could play Game 5 at MSG prior to boarding a flight for New York on Saturday, Lightning coach Jon Cooper was a little more optimistic Sunday morning.
“I think he’s going to be available,” said Cooper.
Carle missed Game 4 with an undisclosed injury.
The 30-year-old, who has two assists in 16 playoff games this spring, left Game 3 following a collision with Derek Stepan.
Mark Barberio took Carle’s spot in the lineup in Game 4. The 25-year-old was a minus-1 in 8:44 of ice time.
Puck drop tonight is at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.