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NHL playoffs: 3 stories from Rangers, Lightning Game 3

05/21/2015 12:20 EDT | Updated 05/20/2016 05:59 EDT
In one of the more entertaining games of the playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Rangers 6-5 in overtime Wednesday night to grab a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference final.

Here are three stories from Game 3

Answer found it overtime

Well the Rangers were involved in another one goal game, but unfortunately for them, they were on the wrong side of the decision. 

New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist looked out of sorts and Tampa's backstop Ben Bishop also struggled in what amounted to an offensive battle between the two teams.

After an exciting seesaw affair, Nikita Kucherov scored the game winner 3:33 into the extra frame, much to the delight of the home crowd.

Not for the defensive minded

If you like tight-checking, grind it out, defensive hockey, then this game wasn't for you. However, if you are a fan of goals, goals, and more goals, then this was the ideal game.

There was also more than enough back and forth to cause dizziness and it went like this:

- Rangers jump out in front 2-0

- Lightning score 4 times to take 4-2 lead

- Rangers battle back to tie the game at 4-4

- Lightning regain lead

- Rangers tie to force overtime

- Lightning end the madness at the 3:33 mark of OT to win 6-5.

All of the goals were beauties, too. No awkward deflections, kicking motions, or anything like that. 

This give-and-go play between Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat is a perfect example.

King out of sorts

For the second game in a row, Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist allowed six goals. Lundqvist has not surrendered that many goals in back-to-back contests since letting in six against the Leafs and six against the Islanders on Oct. 12 and 14 of this season.

The Lightning have a history of recent success against the goalie known as the "King." On two occasions during the regular season, they solved Lundqvist five times.

Compared to the 12 total goals that Lundqvist has given up in the past two games, he only allowed eight to the Penguins in five games, and 12 to the Capitals in seven games in the first and second rounds, respectively.

Although Lundqvist does deserve credit for making a nice pad save with his team in front 1-0 early in the first period.

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