Madison Square Garden will be the sight of Game 5 tonight, where the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning will look to take a 3-2 series lead. The Rangers took Game 1 before Tampa Bay took the next two, before New York took Game 4. Goals have been plentiful in this series as the two team have combined to score 28 goals.
Game 1 was the game that featured the least amount of combined goals with 3 as the Rangers won 2-1. Derek Stepan scored the first goal of the series in the second period. The Lightning were able to tie the game in the third when Ondrej Palat found the back of the net. Dominic Moore was the hero for the Rangers as he was able to score with 2:25 left, which was essentially the game-winning goal.
Game 2 saw the Lightning rout the Rangers 6-2. Tyler Johnson scored the first goal of the game and that was the first of three he would score. Chris Kreider knotted the game up before Johnson scored at the end of the first and the start of the second to take a 3-1 lead. Stepan scored a power play goal in the second to make the score 3-2, but that would end the scoring for the Rangers. Tampa Bay got two goals in the third from Alex Killorn and a goal from Steven Stamkos.
Game 3 was a thriller where the Lightning would win 6-5 in overtime. New York jumped out to a 2-0 lead after goals from Derick Brassard scored a little over a minute into the game. Jesper Fast followed suit before Stamkos scored the first of four unanswered Tampa Bay goals. Palat scored on a power play followed by Johnson and Killorn. Fast scored his second goal of the game late in the second to make the score 4-3. Ryan McDonagh tied the game two and a half minutes into the third. Palat gave his team a 5-4 lead before Dan Boyle forced overtime with a goal with under two minutes left in regulation. Nikita Kucherov scored 3:33 into overtime to give his team a 6-5 win and a 2-1 series lead.
The Rangers answered two straight losses by routing the Lightning in Game 4, 5-1. Rick Nash got things started before Stamkos tied the game up. New York got four straight goals from Kreider, Keith Yandle, Martin St. Louis ad Nash.
This series can go either way and is now a best-of-three. The top two teams in the Eastern Conference are showing why they are the top two teams in the East. Buckle up, because this series is far from over.
Game 6 will be in Tampa Bay on Tuesday. If a Game 7 is necessary, it will be played in Madison Square Garden on Friday.