The Rangers went 3-0 towards the Lightning within the common season, outscoring the two-time defending champions a mixed 10-4. they’ve met simply as soon as within the postseason although, a seven-game convention closing win by Tampa Bay within the 2014-15 season:
Dec. 31 at Amalie Arena
Rangers 4, Lightning 3 (SO)
The Rangers ended the 2021 portion of their season at 20-8-4 with a New Year’s Eve victory in Tampa. Barclay Goodrow scored twice towards his former crew however Corey Perry tied it at 3 with 1:57 to go. Igor Shesterkin stopped all three Tampa Bay makes an attempt within the shootout earlier than Mika Zibanejad received it with a objective towards Brian Elliott.
Jan. 2 at MSG
Rangers 4, Lightning 0
The groups met once more two days later, and this time it was all Rangers. Zibanejad scored a hat trick towards star Lightning goalie Andre Vasilevskiy. It was over early as Zibanejad scored two power-play targets, and Ryan Strome added a objective all inside 7 minutes and 9 seconds halfway by means of the primary interval. Shesterkin made 38 saves for the shutout.
March 19 at Amalie Arena
Rangers 2, Lightning 1
Zibanejad scored a power-play objective with 16 seconds to go, one-timing a cross-ice go from Artemi Panarin, to provide the Rangers the season sweep.
Playoff historical past
A year after the Rangers made it to the Stanley Cup Final, they received the Presidents’ Trophy and acquired again to the third spherical by beating the Penguins in 5 and Capitals in seven.
The Rangers took Game 1 on the Garden, 2-1, on Dominic Moore’s objective with 2:25 to go, however Game 2 was a catastrophe for the Blueshirts as Tyler Johnson scored a hat trick and Alex Killorn put in two.
Down in Tampa, Dan Boyle tied a back-and-forth Game 3 with a objective with 1:56 to go in regulation, however Nikita Kucherov received it for the Bolts in OT. Two nights later, the Rangers acquired at the same time as Rick Nash scored the primary and final targets in a 5-1 rout.
The Rangers’ home-ice benefit would betray them as they have been shut out by Lightning goalie Ben Bishop by the identical 2-0 rating in each Games 5 and seven, an oddity contemplating how they crammed the nets in a 7-3 victory in Tampa in between.