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Rangers go for 2-0 series lead vs. Lighting in Eastern Conference Finals

The Garden was shaking throughout Game 1 when the Blueshirts dominated the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions 6-2. The Rangers have received a franchise-record seven straight playoff video games at MSG. 

“The fans have been incredible and every game it’s even louder and noisier. Our fans have been outstanding for us. Our guys are real comfortable playing in this building. We played real good hockey in this building all season long, and we just keep striving. The bigger the game gets, the bigger the team gets,” Rangers Head Coach Gerard Gallant mentioned. 

Don’t be fooled. Despite the lopsided rating, the Rangers want to pay attention to this skilled Lightning squad. Tampa Bay has received their final 17 playoff video games following a loss. They’re consultants at preventing again. 

“It’s an impressive stat. That’s what you need to do to have good runs in the playoffs, is not multiple losses. And they’ve done that for a long time now. But knowing that stat, knowing that they’re gonna come out ready to go, we have to bring our A-game,” Justin Braun mentioned. 

“Doesn’t matter to me. It really doesn’t. They didn’t beat us 17 times, they beat other teams. So we just gotta get ready to play out game and go play,” Gallant mentioned. 

This can also be a position the Rangers aren’t used to throughout this playoff run. They’re really main a series for the primary time after they trailed 3-1 in Round 1 and 2-0 and 3-2 in Round 2. 

“It’s different playing with the lead but, it’s our first lead. It’s good to have it. I try to keep playing the same way, and keep playing like we played in Game 1,” Alexis Lafrenière mentioned. 

“You gotta have the same mindset. Backs against the wall, up, down. Every game is important. You gotta come out with same mindset that this is the night you need to get it done,” Braun mentioned. 

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