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Rangers eliminated from playoffs in Game 6 loss against Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning know what kind of effort it is going to take to complete off the New York Rangers.

The two-time defending champions are one win away from a 3rd straight journey to the Stanley Cup Final, the place they might proceed their bid to develop into the primary workforce in 40 years to win three consecutive NHL titles.

The Rangers, down 3-2 to the Lightning in the Eastern Conference closing, have been particularly resilient this postseason.

In addition to overcoming a 3-2 playoff sequence deficit to get rid of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening spherical, New York rebounded from dropping the primary two video games to Carolina in the second spherical to oust the Hurricanes in seven video games.

Game 6 of the East closing is Saturday night time at Amalie Arena. The Lightning gained Games 3 and 4 on residence after dropping the primary two on the highway.

“We’ve been down 3-2 every series so far, so we’re going to have to have a level of desperation,” Rangers ahead Andrew Copp mentioned.

“The confidence of doing it before is bigger and better, having to do it again there’s belief in the room. … We’re playing pretty good, and it’s a really, really tight series,” Copp added. “We just got to make that extra play at the end of the game to be the difference.”

Since being outscored 9-4 in the primary two video games at Madison Square Garden, Tampa Bay has gained three straight to maneuver to the brink of getting a shot on the NHL’s first three-peat for the reason that New York Islanders gained 4 straight championships from 1980-83.

Game 7, if essential, will likely be Tuesday night time in New York.

The Lightning, who’ve gained 10 consecutive sequence courting to the beginning of the 2020 postseason, aren’t taking something without any consideration.

“We obviously know the fourth one in the hardest one to win. Our mindset has got to be the same as the last three games,” veteran Lightning ahead Pat Maroon mentioned.

“We know what’s at stake. We don’t take games off,” Tampa Bay’s Nick Paul added. “(New York) is a really good team. You take a night off, they’re going to take it over. … There’s no letting off the gas.”

The Rangers are 5-0 this postseason when dealing with elimination.

They’re 2-7 on the highway in the playoffs, however did win Game 6 at Pittsburgh to even that sequence earlier than prevailing in Game 7 at Carolina to succeed in the East closing.

“We don’t care when we win it, we just want to win it,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper mentioned.

“We have a great opportunity (Saturday night) to do that. … But just because it’s an elimination game, it doesn’t mean we are going to knock them out,” Cooper added. (*6*)

Rangers coach Gerard Gallant is counting it.

“It’ll be a battle. They’re a good hockey team, that’s why they’re the Stanley Cup champs,” Gallant mentioned. “We have to go in there, play our best game … win a game and give us a chance for a Game 7 back home.”

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