Lightning dramatically won Game 3 over the Rangers

Tampa Bay Lightning has once again found a way to do it with its back to the wall.  (Getty)

Tampa Bay Lightning has once again found a way to do it with its back to the wall. (Getty)

Ondrej Palat scored the winning goal in 41 seconds by the end when the Tampa Bay Lightning came back in the third period and defeated the New York Rangers in the 3rd game.

Tampa Bay overcame a 2-1 deficit by entering the final frame, but Steven Stamkos scored the equalizer just over a minute before Palat appeared as the hero of Game 3.

Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and recorded two assists, while Igor Shesterkin’s heroism was not enough for New York to take a 3-0 lead.

Here are three excerpts from the 3rd game of the Eastern Conference finals.

Kucerov plays as a man who has the status of a dynasty on the line

For all intents and purposes, if the Rangers took a 3-0 lead, you may have also broken their ticket to the Stanley Cup final and that was certainly not lost to Lightning, who played with a huge sense of urgency. Nikita Kucherov seemed to understand this better than ever, playing like an obsessed man throughout the competition, while showing off his alien skills in a game that must be won for consecutive champions.

It did not always seem that Kucerov would be rewarded for his efforts, because he attacked the offensive zone with a real threat during the entire competition. In the middle of the first third, Kucerov escaped alone, but was robbed by Igor Shesterkin. Maybe a smaller team, the one without a champion pedigree, would be disgusting. New York took a 2-0 lead in the second period, after a particularly undisciplined part of Tampa Bay led to power play goals by incandescent Mike Zibanead (12 points over a series of eight points) and Chris Kreider. You could almost carve Rangers on the Prince of Wales Trophy.

Tampa Bay threw everything they had at Shesterkin and it didn’t seem to matter until Kucherov broke through in the lump sum game, a one-time pass from Viktor Hedman next to a stretched out New York goalkeeper, and that changed the course of the competition. Throughout match 3, Lightning were the superior team, throwing a constant volley of shots at Shesterkin, but Kucherov’s goal encouraged a necessary comeback in the third period.

Kucerov helped set up a goal to equalize Stamkos, rejecting Coria Perry and distracting the nearby Rangers defender. Perry delivered the right to Stamkos’s wheelhouse – when he finally entered the Hall of Fame, you could only start with a reel full of one-off players – and the game changed completely. Tampa Bay beat New York 13-3 in the last frame and is fully credited for the win.

With an unintentional sense of drama, Kucherov saved his best for the end. While three Rangers’ defensive players collapsed into the slot, Kucherov threw an endless pass on Palat’s stick, which he scored right next to Shesterkin for the game’s winner. Palat’s ability to catch pucks and versatility in the whole lineup made him a huge treasure for Lightning, but sometimes it takes one-on-one talent to change the balance.

If Lightning returns to the series, you have to start with Kucherov’s game 3.

Lightning depended too much on their game of power

Palat’s winner of the game may change the equation a bit, but that wasn’t enough to give up the notion that Lightning relies too much on his power. It was Tampa Bay’s first goal to score 5 to 5 of Game 1 – Nick Paul’s third-period marker in Game 2 happened when he pulled the goalkeeper – and despite a series of shots fired at Shesterkin, Tampa’s attack seemed complete. dried to 5-on-5.

Tampa Bay managed to score a great penalty in New York and was much better in the 3rd game, thanks in large part to Victor Hedman who read more calmly on the blue line, which allowed Kucerova and Stamkos to be constantly available on the shooting range. This may be a complicated way of saying that Lightning relies too much on his top six to attack on a wider scale, but despite the math that shows that the Bolts may not be in real danger, they are not getting much out of their bottom six.

Alex Killorn struggled hard during the playoffs, and this was perhaps his best outing since the Maple Leafs series, when he took two penalties, while Lightning earned 68 percent of the shot when he was on the ice at 5-on-5 over A trick with natural statistics. The line of Killorn, Anthony Cirelli and Brandon Hagel outscored their opponents 24-5 in the 3rd game, but that didn’t lead to real goals. This could be a problem below, if you believe that Killorn and Cirelli’s irresistible offensive production isn’t just bad shooter luck.

Can the Bolts go 5 on 5? There is room for optimism in math, but despite their best performance in the series, Lightning could be in trouble by relying solely on Kucher, Stamkos and Hedman to throw the puck into the net.

Shesterkin’s quest for the triple crown

Igor Shesterkin once again excelled for the Rangers, scoring 48 saves in a losing attempt. Had the Rangers pushed this game into overtime and won, the win would have been primarily due to the heroism of the New York world goalkeeper. Sesterkin is the favorite for the Vezina Trophy, nominated for the Hart Trophy and despite the loss, should be lifted to the top of the Conn Smythe Trophy rankings, assuming Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers reserve thee time after Monday night.

Shesterkin gave the Rangers every chance to win on Sunday, limiting Kucher to an escape in the first third, and it seemed almost impossible to beat him low, as the 26-year-old was ready to glide through his fold. He saved just over 1.5 goals above expected through the Natural Stat Trick and without him, you could see Lightning go away with a comfortable win, instead of coming down at the last minute.

This could be the best individual season we’ve seen from a goalkeeper in the last 12 years, and Shesterkin should have plenty of hardware to take home this summer. He will almost certainly go with Vezina and maybe because I am writing this from Toronto, but it looks like he will finish second behind Auston Matthews for Hart, so the search for Triple Crown is perhaps more theoretical than realistic. The fact that Shesterkin is sincerely fighting for a single Triple Crown speaks volumes about his rise to superstar.

Shesterkin did all this in front of the eyes of Andrej Vasilevski, a player who he and many others considered the best goalkeeper in the world, the reputation he has gained with his constant stellar games in the last six years. If the Rangers make it to the Cup, he should be catapulted to the top of the Conn Smythe rankings and it is definitely worth increasing his candidacy now.

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