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NHL playoffs: 3 stories from Rangers-Lightning Game 4

05/23/2015 12:11 EDT | Updated 05/22/2016 05:59 EDT
Rich Nash, Martin St. Louis and Henrik Lundqvist all played key roles for the New York Rangers in a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning that evened the Eastern Conference Finals at two games apiece. 

Here are three stories from Game 4:

Rangers get boost from pair of forwards

One of the talking points prior to the game was the lack of production form forwards Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis.

Nash had only managed one goal in the playoffs through two full series and the start of the matchup with Tampa, but he awoke to score to goals and chipped in with an assist on Friday. The three point night for the 30-year-old was a playoff career high.

Maybe Nash just needed a bit of room to work his magic.

He was able to turn on the jets and beat Ben Bishop after taking a pass from Kevin Hayes late in the opening frame to stake the Rangers to a 1-0 lead..

Nash then tapped in a rebound to close out the scoring and put the game well out of reach midway through the the third period. 

Tampa Bay, where St. Louis played 13 seasons, seemed like the perfect setting for him to finally get his first goal of postseason. 

St. Louis will have some catching up to do if he hopes to match the eight goals he scored in the Rangers run to the Stanley Cup Final last year. 

Lundqvist returns to form

There was also a lot of chatter ahead of Game 4 about that Rangers netminder who allowed a total of 12 goals in consecutive losses to the Lightning.

However, those performances must have been a glitch in the system as Henrik Lundqvist appeared back to normal in turning away all but one of the 38 shots he faced. 

Lundqvist also felt that Nash's goal was a huge lift for the Rangers

Quiet night for Bolts

Much has been made about the production from Tampa's top two forward lines, particularly from "the triplets, Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov.

The Rangers ability to contain that trio also played a big role in their series-evening victory.

Only Steven Stamkos was able to find the net and he did so for the thrid game in a row. 

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