Rangers were eliminated from the playoffs, street fights played a big role

The New York Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday by the Tampa Bay Lightning, losing 2-1 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference best-of-7 finals at the Amalie Arena. (Author: Gardener)

The New York RangersTAMPA -- The New York Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, losing 2-1 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference best-of-7 finals at the Amalie Arena. TAMPA -- The New York Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, losing 2-1 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference best-of-7 finals at the Amalie Arena. The Rangers won Games 1 and 2 against the Lightning, but then lost four straight games for the first time all season. They were second seed in the Metropolitan Division after finishing the regular season with 52 wins and 110 points. New York advanced to the Conference Finals by coming back from a 3-1 deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round and from a 3-2 deficit against the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round. It was the first time since the second round in 2017 that Rangers were in the playoffs with a best-of-7 series as they lost to the Ottawa Senators in six games. The Rangers were defeated 3-0 in a best-of-5 series against the Hurricanes in the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers. Rangers lost all three away games they played in the Conference Finals. They won Games 1 and 2 at home and went 2-0 up in the series. They led 2-0 away in the second period of Game 3 but held it just 66 seconds before Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov scored a power play goal. The Lightning came back and won Game 3 3-2 and then won Game 4 4-1. Rangers were 8-2 away and 8-2 home in the playoffs. They scored nine goals in their first two games, eight of them in 5-on-5 skating; five in Game 1 and three in Game 2. But Rangers managed just one other 5-on-5 goal of the series. Ryan Lindgren scored a 5v5 goal in the second period of Game 5 to give Rangers a 1-0 lead but they couldn't hold it and lost 3-1. Palat scored a 3-2 win for the Lightning with 41.6 seconds left in the third period of Game 3. He deflected Mikhail Sergachev's shot from the spot to deliver a 3-1 win at 1:50 in the third period of Game 5. His pass in Game 4 propelled Nikita Kucherov to a breakaway goal that gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead at 1:07 of the second period. Palat then set up Steven Stamkos' goal at 4:56 of the third and scored 19:51 to make it 4-1. Palat also had assists on both of Tampa Bay's goals in Game 6. He finished the streak with eight points (four goals, four assists). Mika Zibanejad and Adam Fox each had eight-game point streaks in Game 4. Neither got another point in the streak. Chris Kreider had points ahead of Game 5 in six straight games. He had no point in the last two games and no shot on goal in Game 6. Rangers played 20 games in 40 days and caught up. But the lack of insults suggests that the Rangers may have been gassed by the end of the series.


Stamkos, lightning win, secure place in the cup final

Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos scored twice and the Lightning made a comeback from a 2-0 deficit in the Eastern Conference Finals with their fourth straight win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night. (Author: Gardener)

Tampa Bay-- The Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the New York Rangers 2-1 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday night to advance to their third consecutive Stanley Cup Final. Steven Stamkos scored both goals to beat the Lightning against the Rangers, who saw their surprise and dramatic run in the playoffs end in the Conference Finals. The Lightning are attempting to become the first team to win three goals as champions since the New York Islanders in 1983. The Stanley Cup final between the Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche begins Wednesday in Denver. The Avalanche are seeking their first Stanley Cup since 2001. The Eastern Conference Finals was billed as a battle between Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy and Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin, and Game 6 was a fitting highlight. Shesterkin made 28 saves, some spectacular, to keep Rangers in the game. Vasilevskiy (20 saves), meanwhile, continued his championship in potential series win games. He now has 13 wins in 24 career potential playoff series clinchers and has conceded just a goal or fewer in 11 of those games. The first third was goalless thanks to Shesterkin. In the second half he looked even more magical with a great save against a Nikita Kucherov chance. Shesterkin made 16 saves before Lightning captain Steven Stamkos wired a long-range shot off the right wing boards past the keeper's stickside. It was the Lightning captain's 40th career playoff goal and eighth of the postseason. The Lightning finished the second half 1-0 with a 23-13 shot advantage. After 2:26 of the third period, Rangers finally earned a power play opportunity. They went into the playoffs with the best conversion rate (31.5%) but only had 3:15 power play in their last two games. The Blitz wiped out that man advantage — but not New York's second. With Stamkos in the box for a hook, Frank Vatrano fired a shot past Vasilevskiy at 1:07 of the third period for his fifth of the playoffs. But Stamkos would respond with his ninth of the playoffs just 21 seconds later. Kucherov found Stamkos, who rushed into the Rangers' net with a pass. He slammed the puck into Shesterkin's glove, but the puck flew into the air and bounced off Stamkos' leg into the net to make it 2-1. Their offense stuttered to just one goal for the third game in a row. The Lightning lost defender Victor Hedman for the final 10:45 of the second period after being hit in the head by Rangers forward Alexis Lafreniere.


Mishkin's extra shift: Lightning 2, Rangers 1

Radio station Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's series-winning Game 6 win over the Rangers (Author: Gardener)

MishkinThe Lightning prevailed in Game 6 (and advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in the process) much like they won the previous three in the series - on defense. The Lightning prevailed in Game 6 (and advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in the process) much like they won the previous three in the series - on defense. As in games three, four, and five, the Lightning played hard and with urgency, showing great attention to detail, taking time and space from the opponent, managing the puck well, blocking shots, winning 50-50 fights, and protecting the game in front of their net, forcing New York to play most of the game without the puck. As in games three, four, and five, the Lightning played hard and with urgency, showing great attention to detail, taking time and space from the opponent, managing the puck well, blocking shots, winning 50-50 fights, and protecting the game in front of their net, forcing New York to play most of the game without the puck. As Alex Killorn later said, this was possibly their best overall game in the series. As Alex Killorn later said, this was possibly their best overall game in the series. The Lightning held the Rangers on just 21 shots on goal and 45 total attempts. In the first two periods, New York managed just 23 total shot attempts. Rangers produced very few scoring chances in game six. Much of this had to do with how decisively Lightning won the possession battle. The Flash had the puck for most of the night. And unlike the Rangers, they were able to collect a lot of scoring chances. Igor Shesterkin put on a great performance and almost wiped out Tampa Bay's eyes. His first goal came at 10:43 of the second period out of haste. He finished a wrist shot from the right circle and wired the puck into the far post. His second tally came just 21 seconds after Rangers leveled the game with Frank Vatrano's power-play goal. Andrew Copp won a faceoff win in the offensive zone directly against Vatrano, who netted the puck from the slot for the third time at 13:07. Ondrej Palat supplied Nikita Kucherov in the neutral zone while Stamkos sped past Jacob Trouba on the left wing. Kucherov delivered the puck to Stamkos, who sliced ​​down the middle and fired a shot into Shesterkin's glove. Shesterkin rocked the puck - the rebound deflected off Stamkos and bounced into the net. Secured by a gate, the Lightning wrapped things up by the final 6:32 of the rule. They repeatedly intercepted pucks in the neutral zone and worked them deep into the Rangers' end. After the second Stamkos goal, New York only managed two more SOGs down the stretch, both after Shesterkin was drawn for the extra attacker. The Lightning blocked three more New York attempts during the six-on-five. He had a few scoring chances, including Copp's rebound opportunity in the third period when the score was still 1-0. But Vasilevskiy didn't have to lift nearly as much heavy weight as Shesterkin in that game. Lightning Radio Three Stars of the Game (as selected by Phil Esposito):


Stamkos scores twice, Lightning beats Rangers 2-1 in Game 6

Steven Stamkos scored twice and the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning is in the Stanley Cup Finals for the third straight season after... (Author: Gardener)

Rangers 2-1With captain Steven Stamkos at the helm, the two-time defending champions defeated the New York Rangers 2-1 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night to secure their third consecutive Stanley Cup Finals berth. "It's going to be difficult to get out of the moment and look back and realize what a special group we have here because there are still a few games to play," Stamkos said. "You're still not at the end of our goal, but when you say this group is pretty amazing and pretty special." Stamkos scored two goals and Andrei Vasilevskiy had 20 saves for the Lightning, who won the series 4-2 - won four straight games after losing the first two away – and will face the Colorado Avalanche in the cup final. "It's probably not the best word, but I'm damn impressed with this group," said coach Jon Cooper. "It's impressive what they've done. I'm just deeply impressed by what they do to win a hockey game," he added. I'm impressed." Stamkos brought down the Lightning in the third period just 21 seconds after New York's Frank Vatrano scored on a power play with the Tampa Bay captain in the box. Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat assisted Sieger with 6 1/2 minutes left , with the puck deflecting off Stamkos' knee and into the net after Rangers goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin stopped the first shot. It's easy to say now, but for some reason I wasn't as upset as I used to be in those situations." said Stamkos. We deserved to win the game. The Lightning are the first team to make three straight Cup finals since Edmonton from 1983-85. They are trying to become the first to win three straight championships since the New York Islanders won four straight championships from 1980-83 Rangers, trailing 3-2 for the third straight round, were 5-0 in Eliminati on games this postseason ahead of Saturday night. The only teams to win more elimination games in a single postseason were the 1975 New York Islanders (eight), the 2014 Los Angeles Kings (seven), and the 2003 Minnesota Wild (six). But we played well, we fought hard, we had a chance to win all those games," said Rangers coach Gerard Gallant. "They found a way to get the big goal in the big time." New York lost three of their first four games before winning three straight elimination games to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening round. It lost the first two on the road in Carolina before rebounding to oust the Hurricanes in seven games and reach the East Finals. It was a different story on Saturday night as the Lightning limited New York's scoring chances while overtaking the Rangers 31-21. He only had seven shots in the opening stages, six in the second and eight in the third. Shesterkin, meanwhile, stopped 29 of 31 shots and made one big save after another to give New York a chance. He gave us a chance to win every night. We didn't stand a chance in a lot of games, but he was outstanding. He's been our best player all year and in this series too," Gallant said. He made some incredible saves to keep them going, but I think I just felt kind of reassuring about the group," Stamkos said. "It was just one of those nights where it just felt like we were going to make it, whether it was the next shift after that, whether I scored or met someone else." NOTES: The Lightning again played without striker Brayden Point, who has missed 10 games since suffering a lower body injury in Tampa Bay's Game 7 win over Toronto in the first round. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman was eliminated in the second half after apparently being elbowed in the head by New York's Alexis Lafreniere.


Lightning on the 3rd last ride in a row

Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos scored twice and the Lightning made a comeback from a 2-0 deficit in the Eastern Conference Finals with their fourth straight win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night. (Author: Gardener)

3rd-- The Tampa Bay Lightning are four wins away from becoming the first NHL team since 1983 to win three straight Stanley Cup championships. "Going there the first time was a dream come true. Going there a second time next year was a dream too. There's no way we would go back. Going a third time is amazing," said Lightning- Coach Jon said Cooper. I am absolutely amazed by what they do to win a hockey game. But just like in a video game, the final boss is your toughest and most formidable opponent. The Colorado Avalanche won the Western Conference crown 12-2, including a perfect 7-0 away win over Denver. They score an average of 4.64 goals per game. Probably the best team in the league," said Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, who scored both goals in his 2-1 win in Game 6 to eliminate the New York Rangers in Saturday night's Eastern Conference Finals. every round gets tougher and every opponent gets tougher," he said. We'll have our hands full." Stamkos said the Avalanche were a team Lightning expected had already played in the Stanley Cup Finals. They just have an incredible mix of experienced players, star power, grinders and goalies. A huge challenge for us,” said Stamkos. "We know how to play. It's no secret they have some electric players." The Lightning earned their third straight trip to the Stanley Cup Finals - which begins Wednesday night in Denver - with a comeback series win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in which they lost three down to two games, a dominating win over conference regular-season champions Florida Panthers, and a six-game win over the Rangers, of which they won four in a row after falling 2-0 behind. History of the Eastern Conference Finals could be Stanley Cup history Lightning Treble Finals: Team Defense Rangers have scored a goal in each of the last three games of the series Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy won the goalie duel with New Yorker Igor Shesterkin by one Save of .955 (106 saves from 111 shots on target) in the last four games of the series: "It's really a focus of our team. We have enough Skill and talent to score offensively. But we're concentrating on our defensive game," said Lightning forward Alex Killorn. "If we win 2-1, we'll be happy with that. We don't have to win by six goals. We want to defend first.” Stamkos said the Lightning's success on both sides of the puck comes from trusting each other after two previous championships. But trust is the word," he said. "We trust that every player who walks these boards is doing their job. Whether you score or not, it's the little things you do. It's the defense. It's about playing as hard as you can for the man sitting next to you in this dressing room. "That's why this group is so special. We don't know what's going to happen here in the next 10-14 days. But we know we're going to give it our all. It's just a special group and a pleasure to be a part of. Who Hasn't played the Maple Leafs since Game 7 may not play Game 1, but it's "extremely likely" he'll show up in the series." "As the [Conference Finals] progressed, we got better and better," said Killorn, "I think tonight was maybe our best game overall. I think that's important in a Stanley Cup run. Usually, the team that improves the most during the run wins." The Lightning have it all twice in a row won. This is what makes this team so special and tight and unique. It just has to be finished," said Stamkos. "We're going to the final again. We have a chance to do something very special."


Igor Shesterkin did everything he could to save Rangers from Lightning

The Lightning would have routed Rangers in Game 6 without Shesterkin's brilliance, but Rangers couldn't beat Andrei Vasilevskiy at the other end (Author: Gardener)

RangersIgor Shesterkin almost saved the gassed Rangers and his coach Gerard Gallant over a questionable lineup decision. "He was great," said defense attorney Jacob Trouba. Even more so as he remains unbeatable lately whenever the Lightning have a chance to win a streak. The two-time Stanley Cup winner won Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals 2-1 at the Amalie Arena on Saturday night and meets the Avalanche in the Cup Final. Rangers returned to New York for Separation Day after losing for the first time in six elimination games in their rousing playoff run. It was roiling and draining as Rangers played their 20th game in 40 days after hitting a full seven in the first two rounds. "I thought so too," Gallant said after Rangers scored five goals in four straight losses to the Lightning, just one of which was a five-for-five. Vasilevskiy made 20 saves as the Blitz carried the game almost from start to finish. Gallant left himself open to questions - not that he was ready to answer - by giving Kaapo Kakko a healthy scratch for the first time and attracting a clearly compromised Ryan Strome, even after the second-line center missed much of the pre-game warm-up had and left after the second period with a lower body injury. Gallant inserted Dryden Hunt in the fourth line. "I'm not going to talk about it," Gallant said. Not the time now. Gallant's choice certainly didn't seem wise as Steven Stamkos gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 10:43 of the second period. Stamkos easily ran past Strome to get to the top of the right circle and smashed Shesterkin past his blocker with a shot that Shesterkin likely stops most of the time. Stamkos' second goal at 13:28 of the third period, 21 seconds after Frank Vatrano's power play goal, survived a video review to see if Stamkos rebounded. It was odd that Shesterkin allowed that first after goaltender exploits that kept Rangers in the game up to that point. He made 28 saves and was the only reason Lightning didn't route the Rangers. Rangers were weirdly bad at handling the puck in their zone during the first half. Shesterkin used his pads to rob Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Anthony Cirelli in the first period, again robbing Cirelli at the crease to start the second period. Moments later, Shesterkin straddled and held out his gauntlet to deny Nikita Kucherov a two-for-one chance at the crease. Brilliance that just wasn't good enough against Vasilevskiy. Shesterkin was a big reason the Rangers avoided elimination three times against the Penguins and twice against the Hurricanes in the first round. He compiled a 2.48 clean sheet average and a .931 save percentage over the six elimination games. But Vasilevskiy has really defined goaltender greatness in crucial games, as the Lightning have won 11 straight playoff series. He improved to 13-9 in potential series-win games with an NHL-record six shutouts and brought a 1.65 GAA and a .942 save ratio in his first 21 tries into Saturday night. Vasilevskiy has only allowed two goals in his last five potential winning games. Shesterkin did everything he could to save the Rangers and Gallant on Saturday. But Vasilevskiy was in the opponent's net.


Chicago White Sox vs Texas Rangers odds, tips and betting trends

The Texas Rangers (27-31) visit the Chicago White Sox (27-30) in the final game of a three-game series Sunday at 2:10 p.m. ET. The Favorite White Sox (-162 moneyline odds). ) play at home… (Author: Gardener)

Chicago White SoxThe Texas Rangers (27-31) visit the Chicago White Sox (27-30) in the last game of a three-game series Sunday at 2:10 p.m. ET. The favorite White Sox (-162 odds) play at home against the Rangers (+140). The matchup on the mound for this contest is set with the Chicago White Sox looking to Michael Kopech (2-2) and Jon Gray (1-3) getting the nod for the Texas Rangers. Matt Moore (2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 5 K) was credited with a win in Rangers' 11-9 win over the White Sox yesterday. Rangers Matchup, here's what you need to get ready for Sunday's MLB action. Major League Baseball odds courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook. For a full list of sports betting odds, visit the USA TODAY Sports Betting Scores Odds Hub. White Sox (-162, stake $162 to win $100) Rangers (+140, stake $100 to win $140) Place your legal CO and NJ sports bets at Tipico Sportsbook. USA TODAY Network Exclusive Offer: Deposit $10 and get $200 in betting credit instantly. The White Sox have started 37 games this season as favorites, winning 20 or 54.1% of those games. Chicago has played seven games this season, favored by -162 or more, and is 4-3 in those competitions. The sports betting moneyline implies a 61.8% chance of a White Sox victory. Games involving Chicago have exceeded the total set by sportsbook on 27 out of 61 odds this season. The White Sox are 27-34-0 against the spread this season. Kopech (2-2) will take the mound for the White Sox, his 11th start of the season. The right-hander's most recent start was Wednesday when he pitched 6 2/3 innings without allowing a run to hit in a matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 26-year-old has a 1.94 ERA, a 2.125 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a .941 WHIP in 10 games this season. He has started 10 games this season and made quality starts (6 or more IP, 3 or less ER) in four of them. In 10 starts this season, Kopech has gone five or more innings seven times, averaging 5.0 innings per appearance. The Rangers are ranked 23rd in MLB this season with a .234 batting average. They have a team slugging percentage that ranks 16th in the league (.389) and 74 home runs. The White Sox have hit 49 homers this season, which ranks 24th in the league. Hitters for the White Sox rank 26th collectively in the majors with a team slugging percentage of .367. Chicago ranks 16th in the MLB with a team batting average of .242. The White Sox are among the lowest-scoring teams in the league, finishing 27th this season with just 221 runs (3.9 per game). Chicago is ranked 23rd on base percentage in the MLB this season (.298). The White Sox rank second in MLB in strikeouts per game, averaging 7.5 puffs per contest. Rangers have won 21, or 48.8%, of the 43 competitions they have called quota underdogs this year. This year Texas has won six out of 15 games when listed on the moneyline at +140 or worse. The moneyline set for this matchup implies that Rangers have a 41.7% chance of walking away with the win. Texas and its opponents have topped in 25 of their 59 games this season with an overall score set by sportsbook. In 59 one-line games this season, Rangers are 34-25-0 against the spread. Gray (1-3 with a 5.28 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 46 innings) makes the start for Rangers, his 10th of the season. In nine games this season, the 30-year-old has a 5.28 ERA and 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings while allowing opposing batters a .238 batting average. The White Sox opposing offense has a .242 collective batting average and is 12th in the league with 472 hits overall and 27th in MLB action with 221 runs scored. They rank 26th in slugging percentage (.367) and are 24th in all of MLB on 49 home runs. The Rangers rank sixth in baseball with a total of 74 home runs. So far this year, the Rangers' slugging percentage ranks 16th in baseball at .389. Texas' batting average of .234 ranks 23rd in the league. The Rangers have the 19th most runs in baseball (249 overall, 4.3 per game). Texas is 28th in baseball with a .293 on-base percentage. Rangers rank 14th in the league with 8.5 strikeouts per game. Place your legal online sports bets in CO and NJ at Tipico Sportsbook now. Gannett may earn revenue from Tipico for viewer recommendations on betting services. General terms and conditions see


Tampa Bay Lightning advances to third straight Stanley Cup Finals with a Game 6 win over the New York Rangers

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scored twice as the two-time defending champion faced Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Finals. (Author: Gardener)

Bay LightningThe Tampa Bay Lightning are heading to the Stanley Cup Finals for the third straight season, and the rewards begin again on the road against the Western Conference regular-season best team. The way the two-time defending champions beat the New York Rangers 2-1 in Game 6 will help them when they take on the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 on Wednesday (8:00 p.m. ET, ABC). Captain Steven Stamkos scored twice, the second just 21 seconds after Rangers leveled the game in the third period. From NFL games to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. "We don't care how it's done, it just has to be done," he told reporters after the game. Stamkos opened the scoring in Saturday's goalie battle when his wrist shot eluded a partially shielded Igor Shesterkin at 10:43 of the second period. Stamkos was in the box when New York's Frank Vatrano equalized the game on the power play at 13:07 of the third period. But Stamkos scored on a 2-on-1 break in the next shift when his shot ricocheted off his leg. Dave Mishkin names Stamkos' game-winning goal to earn the Lightning a third straight Stanley Cup Finals appearance #GoBolts #NYRvsTBL #StanleyCup - Bucs Rays Bolts (@BucsRaysBoltsYT) June 12, 2022 Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos celebrates his goal in the third period in Game 6. He scored 21 seconds after Rangers leveled the game. "You see them scoring and you're in the box. I was just confident in our group that we would find a way, be it in the rule or in extra time. "It's not the individuals," Stamkos said. "It's great to score a few goals in a game this big, but if I don't score and we win, I'd be just as happy. We know everyone in our space plays a big part in our success." Finalist for the Vezina and Hart Trophies, Shesterkin made 28 saves as he failed in his attempt to go 6-0 in eliminations this postseason. " I thought Igor was outstanding," said Rangers coach Gerard Gallant. "He gave us chances to win every night and we had better chances in many games, but he was outstanding. He was our best player all year and has done it again in this series." The Lightning's ability to hold Rangers to a goal in each of their last three games bodes well as they prepare for the high-flying Avalanche. "It's no secret they have some electric players," Stamkos said. "To be honest, they're probably a team that we thought we'd play for the past few years. The Lightning are trying to be the first team to win." three consecutive Stanley Cups since the New York Islanders won four in a row from 1980 to 1983. Despite not having home field advantage in the playoffs, the Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games, winning over the 1-seeded Florida Panthers and defeating the Rangers in the six.” We got better and better as the series went on and I think tonight might have been our best game overall,” said forward Alex Killorn. Victor Hedman was knocked out in second time when Alexis Lafreniere caught him in the head with a check. The defender, who is a Norris Trophy finalist for the fifth consecutive season, grabbed his head and broke his stick as he returned to the bench. Victor Hedman is slashed in the face by Alexis Lafreniere and then bangs his racquet against the boards. Hedman rubbed his jaw as he sat on the bench and had to go to the dressing room, presumably because of a concussion. But he returned in the third period and played a regular shift. Gallant had restricted the use of the Kid Line during the team's Game 5 loss. In Game 6, he sat out Kaapo Kakko and moved the other two members of the Kid Line to other lines. Kakko, ranked No. 2 overall in 2019, has five points in 19 playoff games. Forward Brayden Hunt made his third appearance in his postseason and his first since the first round. New Yorker Ryan Strome, who has been playing through an injury, briefly left warm-up but was dressed for the game. He didn't play in the third period. Lightning center Brayden Point, who was injured in the first round, sat out again despite skating. "I don't know how likely Game 1 is, but it's very likely he'll play in the series," said coach Jon Cooper. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tampa Bay Lightning advances to third straight Stanley Cup Finals with Game 6 win over New York Rangers


Rangers offense sparks RISP battles to spark a comeback against White Sox in a rarely poor start from Martin Perez

CHICAGO -- After the final out and comeback, Rangers designated hitter Kole Calhoun walked up to starting pitcher Martín Pérez, put his arms on his pitcher's shoulders and then patted him on the back. Hey, even the best player on a team can use a little relief from time to time. Considering where the Rangers went in Saturday's game against the White Sox, the result was... (Author: Gardener)

RISPEzequiel Duran of the Texas Rangers celebrates in the dugout with teammates after scoring in the 10th inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Chicago. CHICAGO -- After the final out and comeback, Rangers designated hitter Kole Calhoun walked up to starting pitcher Martín Pérez, put his arms on his pitcher's shoulders and then patted him on the back. Considering where the Rangers went in Saturday's game against the White Sox, the result was pretty surprising. A team that struggled to find an offensive spark in June found plenty. And a pitcher who was one of the best in the league had his worst start to the season — and yet Rangers found a way to emerge victorious. Finals: Rangers 11, White Sox 9 in 10 innings - a result not necessarily expected when Rangers were eliminated five times in the fifth inning. "It's kind of like how much fight do you have?" said Rangers replacement Matt Moore, who had five strikeouts in two innings and improved to 3-0 in the season. That's the easiest thing: just go home and take your beating, but these guys kept fighting.” Nathaniel Lowe recorded his fourth straight multi-hit game, including a go-ahead double in the top of the 10th inning . Brad Miller reached base four times in his second game outside of the IL. Adolis García started it all with a triple home run in the fifth for his 12th of the season and his second in as many games. Saturday's game marked the seventh time Rangers have won in Pérez's last eight starts. Pérez - the AL's ERA leader heading into Saturday - gave up 12 hits against the White Sox, tying a career high and allowing a season-high six earned runs over five innings. He threw 101 pitches, meaning he threw as many pitches as the Rangers were hoping for, especially after a full bullpen day in the game before. "I know they weren't his best numbers, but of course we appreciated what he showed our team - the heart he had out there to just give everything to the end," said Rangers manager Chris woodward . Easier said than done for a team that went 2-7 into Saturday's game in June and rallied in a 0-for-25 series with runners in goal position. They had eight strikeouts against White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito in four innings, trailing 5-0. Shortstop Corey Seager almost hit a grand slam, but his ball was caught in the warning lane in left midfield. Then García sent a triple home run 109 miles from his bat and over the left field fence. He looked jubilantly at the dugout, almost goading the rest of his teammates to jump on the big bandwagon. "Our team needed that energy and that spark," García said through a translator. And while the Rangers offense faltered, the bullpen kept the White Sox at bay. They didn't allow the White Sox to score from the sixth through the ninth innings. Jesus Tinoco hit the side in his one inning, meaning he's hit all four hitters he faces with Rangers since his call-up on Friday. The White Sox scored two runs in 10th place, but Joe Barlow was eventually able to save. "That set the tone and gave our offense a lot of confidence to say, 'Hey, if we get some runs and get back in that thing, they're going to hold them,'" Woodward said. Earlier in this series, Woodward categorized recent struggles as the ups and downs of the season. They needed a bounce back game, especially on offense, and on a day when their ace was struggling, they still found it. "In the end it helps to do what we're used to," Moore said of the team's offensive performance. I think that's part of the growth that happens when you become a good club. — Smith on the mend: Woodward said rookie infielder Josh Smith is doing better after spraining his shoulder and ending up on the IL a week ago. - Long story short, Rangers ended their 0-for-25 streak with runners in goal position in the first inning of Saturday's game. It didn't result in a run scored, however... García is now linked with Seager for the team lead on home runs with 12... White Sox fans chanted "Fire Tony" over White Sox manager Tony La Russa in the 10th as the Rangers hit four runs for leadership.


Rangers 2022 Free Agents, Draft Targets, Offseason Guide After NHL Playoff Loss

The New York Rangers enjoyed a stellar season that broke a four-year non-playoff streak, but their season is now over after the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated them 2-1 in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference final playoff series on Saturday had ... (Author: Gardener)

Offseason GuideThe New York Rangers had a stellar season that broke a four-year non-playoff streak, but their season is now over after the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated them 2-1 in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals playoff series on Saturday to have. Chris Kreider led offense with 52 goals, Artemi Panarin led Rangers with 96 points, and Mika Zibanejad was second in goals (29) and third in assists (52). The team's undisputed MVP, however, was goaltender Igor Shesterkin, who scored 36-13-4 with a .935 save and 2.07 GAA. All in all, Rangers compiled a 52-24-6 (110 points) record during the regular season. an excellent campaign. It's been a great year for the Blueshirts but now they have a lot of tough decisions to make. Many key players are free for this offseason, and New York won't keep them all. They may have two second-round picks among their six selections. General manager Chris Drury and head coach Gerard Gallant have a lot of work to do. Here's a look at the team's free agents, potential draft targets, and a look ahead to next year. Four players on this list stand out from the rest. Andrew Copp may have played his way out of Rangers' price range. After being traded from the Winnipeg Jets on March 21, the 27-year-old had eight goals and ten assists in 16 regular-season games. He had 10 goals and nine assists in 49 games for the Panthers, but he turned it up for the Blueshirts with eight goals and five assists in 22 regular-season games. Vatrano is a mainstay in the front row alongside Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. Ryan Strome would leave a few gaps if he took off in the free hand. The second-line center and member of the first power-play unit hit a career-high 21 goals that year. Strome finished fifth on the team in points. Kaapo Kakko, who was selected second overall by the Rangers in the 2019 NHL draft, is a restricted free agent. Still, his lack of performance (seven goals, 11 assists, 18 points in 43 games in 2021-22) could see Rangers decide to let another team take him on. Rangers finished only 16th in goals per game (3.05). Their goalkeeping and defense are exceptional, but their goal depth sometimes leaves a lot to be desired. Rangers solved that issue somewhat with the addition of Andrew Copp and Frank Vatrano before the trade deadline, but both could go elsewhere on a free transfer agency. Given Ryan Strome could also leave, the focus of the Rangers draft could be to add forwards to the mix, with an army of forwards who can help the club after some work in the smaller leagues. Some possible options are listed below. Rangers could be in danger of losing several forwards that have led to plenty of postseason success, but keep in mind they still have a fair amount of talent making a comeback. Nine of Rangers' top 10 scorers will be back, including their No. 1 top scorer (Chris Kreider), their No. 1 points leader (Artemi Panarin) and their No. 2 top scorer and assist leader (Mika Zibanejad). Their top two defenders (Adam Fox and Jacob Trouba) will be returning, and so will a potential blue-line superstar up and coming in K'Andre Miller. Igor Shesterkin, who is easily the best goaltender in the NHL, is also back. The same goes for general manager Chris Drury and head coach Gerard Gallant, so the core is there for Rangers to compete again. Returning to the playoffs won't be easy, especially with the Eastern Conference having eight more teams with 100 points this year.