Stepan, Lundqvist push Rangers past scrappy, hurting Lightning

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Injuries were a dominant consideration heading into tonight’s game between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, and despite some serious efforts, they loomed heavy in the ultimate narrative.

The Bolts managed a scrappy 2-0 lead despite all of their issues, yet maybe you can attribute some of the lost ground to fatigue as the Rangers fought their way to a 3-2 win.

Henrik Lundqvist deserves a ton of credit for keeping the Rangers in the game when the Lightning kept pouring it on, stopping 39 out of 41 shots.

Derek Stepan was a hero, too, scoring two straight goals to tie things up before setting up Chris Kreider‘s game-winning goal.

Injuries were a consideration for the Rangers, too, with bad news about Ryan McDonagh surfacing before this game. They lost another prominent defenseman during the game on Tuesday, as Dan Girardi suffered a scary fall from a hit by former Ranger Brian Boyle.

The good news for the Rangers and Lightning: they’re both in the playoffs. The bad news is that they’re showing some battle scars from these battles of attrition.