- Stamkos on the move in posting Lightning’s fourth series victory
- Tampa Bay covers numbers in third rerun of an Eastern Conference win
- Defensive Encounter destroyed Rangers offensively
Stamkos Strikes as TB Readies for Third Cup Appearance
Steven Stamkos scored a pair of goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning finished off the New York Rangers, 2-1, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday evening at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning went through the fourth game in a row with a vaunted defense and the ability to score when needed on New Yorks goalie Igor Shesterkin.
Stamkos answered New York’s Frank Vatrano just 21 seconds after Vatrano had tied the game at 1-1 in the third period. Tampa Bay’s superstar at center buried the game-winning goal on a pass from Nikita Kucherov at 13:28 in the third period. This followed the Rangers’ brief 1-1 tie on Vatrano’s score at 13:07.
The Lightning outshot the Rangers, 31-21, on the evening as Tampa Bay won four consecutive games after falling behind New York, 4-2, in the series. Stamkos’ 15 points in the playoffs have been started by his team-high nine goals while Ondrej Palat had eight goals and eight assists. Kucherov has led Tampa Bay with 23 points as he has registered seven goals and 16 assists.
Lightning Cover Rangers but Have Underdog Status in Game 1
Tampa Bay covered (-210) with the point spread on Saturday evening as the Lightning were favored to win all six games in the series. The (-210) was the biggest point spread on the line that the Lightning had received against the Rangers.
The Lightning go into Wednesday night’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals vs. Colorado as an underdog for the first time since Toronto held a (-135) spread in Game 7 of the opening series.
In addition, Tampa Bay was an underdog in three of the four games when the Lightning swept the Florida Panthers in Round 2. As the Stanley Cup Finals start in Denver’s Ball Arena on Wednesday night, the Avalanche (-160) will open as the favorite with an OVER/UNDER slated at 6 goals.
Colorado has not been slated as a playoffs underdog since the second season began as the Avalanche has picked up a pair of series sweeps vs. Nashville in the first round and Edmonton in the Western Conference Finals.
Vasilevskiy, Lightning Defense Finish off Rangers on Saturday
The Tampa Bay Lightning got better as the Eastern Conference Finals commenced. The Bolts’ defense and the few Rangers goals against Andrei Vasilevskiy were at the point of the four-game winning streak.
Vasilevskiy stopped 20 of 21 shots in Game 6, but the story was that the Tampa Bay defense allowed the Rangers to only find 20 shots on goal on Saturday evening. The Lightning net-minder only allowed five New York goals out of 109 shots in the last four games. The Tampa Bay defense rendered only 24 and 20 shots to the Rangers in Games 5 and 6, respectively.
Colorado will throw a much more consistent offense at Vasilevskiy and the Lightning as they have been led by 22 points from Cale Makar and 11 goals from Nathan MacKinnon.
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