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Rangers pushed to Brink after 2-0 shutout by Tampa

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The New York Rangers were held scoreless by Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop who saved 26 shots on goal and a Lightning defense that blocked 24 blocked shots.  And now, the Rangers are faced with a win or go home situation for Game 6 in Tampa.

This will be the fourth such elimination game the Rangers will be playing in this playoffs. The fact that they won the first three, should make Rangers fans fairly confident that there will be a Game 7 at MSG come Friday.

As for Game 5, the Rangers had the better of the play throughout the first period, but could not score on Ben Bishop. Although Bishop was brilliant, it was the Lightning played a great game defensively and kept the Rangers off the board.

The second period was much like the first, except that Tampa was able to get on the board.

Their first goal, came on a shot by Valtteri Filppula, which should have been stopped by Henrik Lundqvist. But in what has become a theme of the series, the King allowed a soft goal and the Blueshirts were down by a goal in a crucial game.

Tampa’s second goal came on the Power play, when a great pass across the crease by Ondrej Palat, was put in by Steven Stamkos.

The Rangers seemed to outplay the Lightning throughout the first and for much of the second, but in the third, as the Blueshirts were desperately trying to score, Tampa went into a defensive shell and the Rangers could not come close to scoring.

So now the Rangers find themselves in very familiar territory as they have their backs firmly against the wall in an elimination game.

Can they win in Tampa, where they just won Game 4, 5-1?

Can the Rangers pull themselves off the mat and regroup for a must win Game 6, or will they not make it back to the Cup Finals as they did last year?

The entire season’s goal was to change the ending, but they meant to change the ending in the Stanley Cup Final.

Well if they want to change the ending and win it all, they must win in Tampa on Tuesday and then again at MSG on Friday.

Scoring:

TBL: Valtteri Filppula (3) Assisted by Steven Stamkos & Anton Stralman

TBL: Steven Stamkos (7) PPG Assisted by Ondrej Palat & Nikita Kucherov

Team Stats                TBL                NYR

Shots on Goal            22                26

Power Play                1 for 3            0 for 4

Hits                                   29                29

Giveaways                       7                6

Takeaways                       7                6

Face Off Wins            24                15

Blocked Shots            24                11

Goalie Stats:

Ben Bishop: 26 Saves on 26 Shots for a SV% of 1.000

Henrik Lundqvist: 20 Saves on 22 Shots for a SV% of .909

3 Stars of the Game:

3rd Star: Valtteri Filppula: 1 Goal and 1 Assist

2nd Star: Ben Bishop: 26 Saves on 26 Shots for a SV% of 1.000

1st Star: Steven Stamkos: 1 Goal and 1 Assist

Broadway Bits:

Derek Stepan after the game: “It’s a race to four. It doesn’t matter how many games the other team wins. We have to beat them to four games. We have to go into their building and find a way to get it done.”

Marc Staal after the game: “We just have to go down there and play confident, play our best game and try to get a win. Everyone believes in here we can do it, so we just have to go down there, step it up, give our best effort, and try and get one.”

The NY Rangers will play their fourth elimination game of this playoff season. So far they a 3-0 in those games.

Game 6 will be on Tuesday May 26th in Tampa. Face off will be at 8:00PM EST

Chris Kreider led all skaters with seven hits, recorded two shots on goal, and registered one takeaway in 18:17 of ice time. He ranks third in the NHL – and leads the Rangers – in hits (70) in the 2015 Playoffs.

−        Dan Girardi tied for the team-high with three blocked shots, was credited with three hits, and registered one shot on goal in 16:29 of ice time in the contest. The Rangers alternate captain leads the NHL in blocked shots (61) and is tied for third among NHL defensemen in hits (42) in the 2015 Playoffs.

−        Marc Staal skated in his 85th career playoff game with the Rangers in tonight’s contest, tying Don Maloney for third place on the franchise’s all-time playoff games played list. He also passed Ron Greschner for sole possession of second place in career playoff games played by a Rangers defenseman.

−        Ryan McDonagh skated in his 79th career playoff game with the Rangers in tonight’s contest, tying Rod Gilbert for seventh place on the franchise’s all-time playoff games played list.

−        Carl Hagelin skated in his 71st career playoff game with the Rangers in tonight’s contest, passing Mark Messier and Jeff Beukeboom for sole possession of 10th place on the franchise’s all-time playoff games played list.

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