Oilers' Evander Kane suspended for Game 4; Avalanche continues without Nazem Kadri for a possible series win

Oilers left wing Evander Kane and Avalanche center Nazem Kadri will miss Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the teams through suspension and injury, respectively. (Author: Gardener)

Evander KaneEDMONTON, Alberta — Oilers left wing Evander Kane and Avalanche center Nazem Kadri will miss Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the teams due to suspension and injury, respectively. Kane was handed a one-game ban Sunday by the NHL Player Safety Department for checking from behind, which resulted in Kadri hitting the backboards early in Colorado's 4-1 win in Game 3 Saturday night at Rogers Place . Kane was issued a boarding major for the play, and Kadri suffered an alleged broken right thumb, according to sources. Edmonton's Evander Kane has been suspended for one game for Boarding Colorado's Nazem Kadri. The Avs, who go 3-0 in the seven-game series in Game 4 on Monday, are calling it an "upper body" injury. Kadri could miss the rest of the postseason. Colorado coach Jared Bednar on Sunday declined to confirm or deny reports that Kadri has a broken thumb. Vegas center Jack Eichel played the last six weeks of the regular season with a broken thumb, Golden Knights manager George McPhee said last month. "It wasn't dislocated so he didn't need surgery, but it was a bad break and the guy didn't miss a game," McPhee said of Eichel. Before Kane's suspension was announced, Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said he didn't deserve further discipline. For me, we watched that game, that kind of hockey game during the playoffs, and it's unfortunate that someone got hurt," he said. "We took a five-minute penalty and we can kill it." He added, "We've seen those kinds of hockey games here in the playoffs. Unfortunately, he lost his balance and Nazem was injured. But for me we managed that five-minute penalty well.” Avs coach Jared Bednar said of Kadri after Game 3: “The goal – it's the most dangerous game in ice hockey. Bednar didn't have much more to say on Sunday: "I think it's a dangerous goal." Winger Mikko Rantanen is a candidate to replace Kadri as the second-line center in Game 4, leaving J.T. Compher - the immediately post-injury one stood in for Kadri - can remain as a third-line center. Rantanen expected Kane to be suspended during optional practice in Colorado on Sunday. "Those are the things you learn when you're younger that you don't do," Rantanen said. "Just a dangerous game and I hope the league will make the right decision which probably everyone knows what it should be." Avs goalie Pavel Francouz was the next player to witness the goal. "It could have been a much worse result for Naz," he said. And I think it's completely suspendable.” Kane spoke to reporters from Edmonton after the game. I was just trying to get up on him, that's really all I did," he said. "Unfortunately, he went clumsily into the boards and injured his hand." Kane isn't a fan of the NHL's DoPS. "I definitely didn't like the hit," Avs captain Gabe Landeskog said of Kane's game against Kadri. "It doesn't look good and these are the scary ones you never like to see." Kane, 30, who plays with his fourth NHL team, has a colorful past. He was previously serving a 21-game ban for submitting a fake vaccination card in October. In the 2019-20 season, Kane missed three games for abusing an official and another three games for elbowing Winnipeg Jets defenseman Neal Pionk.


Avalanche vs Edmonton Oilers Game 4

On the cusp of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 20 years, the Avalanche can sweep the Western Conference Finals and earn valuable recovery by defeating the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 at Rogers Place Monday night. (Author: Gardener)

the Stanley Cup FinalsEDMONTON, Alberta — On the cusp of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 20 years, the Avalanche can sweep the Western Conference Finals and earn valuable recovery by defeating the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 at Rogers Place Monday night . This power game. The Avalanche's power game has reached an impasse. Colorado failed to capitalize in Game 3 on Saturday night against Edmonton by 11:27 (officially 0:5). The Avs had seven minutes of PP time before the Oilers had a second. Yes, Oilers goalie Mike Smith impressively stopped a handful of quality looks from Colorado on the Game 3 power play, but the Avs may be losing confidence. They were just 1 of 7 man advantage in Game 2 and now 2 of 14 in the series (14.3%). The Avs must again throw everything they can at Oilers goalie Mike Smith and continue to avoid missing the net or blocking shots. Smith faced 42 shots on Saturday and only 15 missed the target (eight) or were blocked (seven). J.T. Compher's game-winning goal snuck through Smith's legs in what became a breakaway and the keeper probably should have stopped it. But Compher gave himself a chance by not missing the net. Avs winger Mikko Rantanen had eight powerful shots, just missing the net once. Winger Gabe Landeskog and defender Cale Makar were the only Avs to miss more than one shot. Play Boring and Gross. The Avs are 6-0 going into the postseason, the only NHL team without an away loss this year. It's the second-longest post-season winning streak in club history after a 7-0 run in 1999. “We're here to hopefully make it boring and gross and just play a good two-way game. There's no show we can put on when we're on the road, and it feels like we're just playing it right.” Another simplified effort on the road could see Colorado in a best-of-seven -Series improved to 7-0 if it wins the first three games.


Colorado Avalanche is just one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals

Brayden Point will not play in Game 3 (Author: Gardener)

ColoradoDespite returning to their home ice, the Edmonton Oilers failed to reduce the series deficit, losing their third straight game to the Colorado Avalanche and falling to the brink of elimination. The Oilers coped well with an early game boost when Connor McDavis scored the first goal just 38 seconds into the game after shooting five holes past Pavel Francouz. The Avs responded with a goal from Valeri Nichushkin at the end of the first period, who also put them ahead at the start of the second period after being the first to rebound after Devon Toews' shot. The Oilers leveled the game with a Ryan McLeod goal in the third period, but the Avalanche regained the lead just five minutes later when J.T. Compher scored seconds after Edmonton's power play expired. Mikko Rantanen scored the last goal of the game to make it 4:2 with a shot into the empty goal at 19:30. After scoring a goal on Saturday night, Connor McDavid became the first player to reach 30 points in this year's playoffs, becoming the sixth fastest player in NHL history. With another win for Pavel Francouz yesterday, both Avalanche goalies have 5-plus wins this postseason. Bad news for Nazem Kadri, who will be out at least until the end of the series against Edmonton after an Evander Kane goal. The Lightning are 2-0 down in the series, but they can build on their performance in the second part of the previous game for hockey in the second half of the game. They finished the second period with a 7-0 run on shots and controlled the game in the third period outside of Mika Zibanajad's game-winning goal.


Colorado Avalanche loses center Nazem Kadri for remainder of series after 'most dangerous game in hockey'

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Colorado AvalancheColorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri left Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals with an injury after Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane scored from behind Saturday night. Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Kadri will be out for the series "if not longer". Colorado defeated the Oilers 4-2 to take a 3-0 lead. Kane earned a five-minute boarding major after checking Kadri into the end ties from behind, just 1:04 in the matchup, the Oilers' first home game of the series. Kadri tried to control the puck in the Oilers' zone. Kane put his stick over Kadri's jersey numbers and shoved him into the boards. Puck missed, sort of dribbled into the corner. I know he likes to turn it around," Kane said. Unfortunately, he went clumsily into the boards and injured his hands. Video review confirmed a five-minute major penalty for boarding, which the Oilers successfully killed in the first half. Kadri walked "The shot is the most dangerous game in hockey," Bednar said. Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said it was the kind of hit that "gives shivers down your spine." , when the players see him. Especially at this distance from the gangs," he said. "It's a dangerous game. Kadri's loss is significant. The veteran had 14 points in the team's first 12 postseason games going forward Fourth on Saturday at the powerful Avalanche, that number includes six goals Compher moved into the center line with Mikko Rantanen and Artturi Lehkonen to score in the third period decisive hit. Bednar said replacing Kadri will be "done by the committee" for the remainder of the series. Might be one guy one night, might be another the next," he said. Misconduct penalty if the foul resulted in injury "to an opponent's face or head" of Player Safety, Kane's most recent infraction was a $5,000 fine for kneeling Sean Durzi of the Los Angeles Kings. He was last suspended in February 2020 and received three games for elbowing Winnipeg Jets defenseman Neal Pionk. Kane's 21-game suspension in September for violating the NHL/NHLPA-COVID-19 protocol would not honor a suspension for an on-ice incident. With the away win, Colorado improved to 11-2 this postseason.


Colorado Avalanche loses Nazem Kadri to win crucial Game 3 of Western Conference Finals

The Avalanche defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. (Author: Gardener)

Colorado AvalancheT. Compher off the hook for a penalty with a key save from Connor McDavid. A few seconds later, Compher took Rogers Place's life - putting the Colorado Avalanche on the verge of the Stanley Cup Finals. Compher came from the box to give Colorado a 7-18 lead, and the Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Just three minutes after Ryan McLeod leveled it for Edmonton for bringing down Leon Draisaitl, Compher ran from the box, punched defender Evan Bouchard for control down the boards and found between the legs of goalie Mike Smith. Valeri Nichushkin scored twice for Colorado, Mikko Rantanen had an empty net with 30 seconds left and Francouz made 27 saves. Francouz came on in the middle of Colorado's 8-6 Game 1 win when Darcy Kuemper suffered an upper-body injury and made 24 saves in a 4-0 win for his second career playoff shutout on Thursday night. In Game 3 he made the big stop at McDavid to tie it before Compher scored. "Frankie's quick and got over there and made a great stop," said Colorado forward Nathan MacKinnon. McLeod tied it at 2 at 7:34 of the third, going the length of the ice and beating Francouz with a snap from the high slot. McDavid opened the scoring for Edmonton in 38 seconds. "Our goal is the same as today, which is to win a hockey game," said Jay Woodcroft, Edmonton caretaker coach. Game 4 takes place in Edmonton on Monday night, with Colorado just one game away from making the Stanley Cup finals. "Obviously a big win, but the job isn't done yet," said captain Gabriel Landeskog. After McDavid's quick goal, Edmonton killed Evander Kane just 28 seconds after McDavid's goal with a five-minute penalty for boarding Nazem Kadri, stopping the Avalanche power play again mid-period after Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse was asked to throw the puck over the goal scoring glass. Kadri was injured in Kane's hit and did not return. Coach Jared Bednar has Kadri ruled out for at least the rest of the series, if not longer. "He's outside," Bednar said. It's the most dangerous shot in hockey.” Nichushkin scored after two lucky deflections to put Colorado ahead. He connected it at 3:48 in the first period when his center pass was deflected off Nurse. Then, at 4:37 a.m. of the second, Nichushkin controlled a deflection of a shot from where MacKinnon and fired a wrist shot through Bouchard's legs and past the shielded Smith. "Val is a big part of our team and our attacking game and our control game and helps in all areas of the game," Landeskog said. "Obviously tonight he was a force and has two big goals for us and I thought he did a great job in the pre-check and in the neutral zone, staying above his top players and not giving them much space. Colorado killed MacKinnon's trip penalty late in the second, and Edmonton stopped the Avalanche's power play again early in the third when Draisaitl retired for high-sticking. Only four NHL teams have ever come back from a 3-0 deficit and won a seven-game streak. "Every play counts," Smith said. “The desperation has to be at an all-time high to win at this time of year.


How to Watch Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals for Free

The Lightning will attempt to redeem themselves at home against the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the series. (Author: Gardener)

the New York RangersThe Tampa Bay Lightning hope to recover when they return home for Game 3 of the series against the New York Rangers at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5. Game 3 of the series will take place at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Florida and will be broadcast on ESPN. Wireless fans who want to stream the game can watch it online via fuboTV or DirecTV Stream. Fans looking to buy last-minute tickets for Friday's game or tickets to the series can check out StubHub, Vividseats, and TicketNetwork. Rangers won their last two games against the defending Stanley Cup champions and took a 2-0 lead. The Rangers won the last meeting 3-2. Rangers have won 11 of 13 all-time series after going 2-0 up. Tampa Bay will be on home ice for the next two encounters and isn't worried about a comeback. How to Watch Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers (Game 3 | Eastern Conference Finals | NHL Playoffs 2022) What time does the game start? - Sunday's NHL playoff game begins at 3:00 p.m. EST at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Florida. Live Stream Options – WatchESPN | DirecTVStream | fuboTV - If you have cable, you can use your TV provider's credentials to watch via WatchESPN. If you don't have cable, you can watch ESPN coverage on DirecTV and fuboTV, both of which offer a free trial. Don't panic at the Tampa Bay Lightning. The two-time Stanley Cup titlist is trailing 2-0 to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference best-of-seven semifinals but remains confident he has what it takes to return to the best-of-seven rise series. "No one expects us to win a conference final 4-0," said forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on Saturday. Game 3 takes place at the Amalie Arena on Sunday after Rangers dominated the first two home games. Lightning coach Jon Cooper cited poor puck management and a lack of a sense of urgency in his team's game as factors that contributed to Tampa Bay losing straight playoff games for the first time in three years. And while the coach was heartened by the way his team reacted in the second half of a 3-2 loss in Game 2, Cooper stressed that the defending champions were still "better in us." The fact that we haven't done it in how many years is remarkable," Cooper said after Lightning's NHL record of 18 straight game wins came to an abrupt halt after a postseason loss Friday night. But the Lightning believe they have the talent, resilience and leadership to weather a slow start to the series. "We played with a little desperation," Cooper said of the way Tampa Bay nearly closed a two-goal deficit in the closing minutes of Game 2. Rangers have won six of their last seven games, beating their opponents 28-13. They have won 11 of 13 all-time series after holding a 2-0 lead. The Lightning are two games behind in a playoff series for the first time since 2019, when they were defeated by Columbus in the first round. They were also eliminated after falling back by two straight games in 2014 and 2018. The Rangers are two wins away from a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals but don't want to control themselves. "It's really exciting but we were on the other side when we were 2-0 down (against Carolina in the second round) so I think it's a good lesson for us not to take our foot off the gas ' Rangers forward Adam Fuchs said. "I think we've done a better job playing the streets as the playoffs progressed," Fox added. "So I think it's important for us to continue the way we played it (at home) on the street and obviously try to play the same style of hockey." The New York Kid Line by Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil and Kaapo Kakko continue to shine, and goaltender Igor Shesterkin has surpassed Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy in helping the Rangers go undefeated against the Lightning (5-0, including the regular season). He has a series of brilliant saves in every game,” said New York's K'Andre Miller after Shesterkin made 29 saves to Vasilevskiy's 25 in Game 2. "Obviously (the Rangers) have a lot of faith in him, let him do try to limit the chances he sees by blocking shots and doing those little things," Miller added. Despite having the upper hand in the matchup in two games, the Rangers goalkeeper is sticking to his statement from the pre-series that fellow Russian Vasilevskiy is the best at his position in the world. "Right now I don't think it really matters. You have to remember that the series is about four wins," said Shesterkin.


The Army Rangers of World War II are awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

By the time Army Captain John Raaen, Jr. reached the shore of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, chaos was already rife. (Author: Gardener)

The Army Rangers of World War IIBy the time John Raaen Jr. reached the shore of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, chaos was already rife. D-Day was the first day of combat for the 22-year-old from Fort Benning, Georgia, who followed in his father's footsteps in the military. It was also a moment for which Raaen was specially trained as a US Army Ranger. US Army Ranger John Raaen is pictured in uniform during his World War II service in Toul, France, December 1944. -Courtesy of John Raaen/US Army He was one of nearly 7,000 Rangers who served in World War II and took part in daring missions around the world, according to the Descendants of World War II Army Rangers, a group of family members of those Rangers who are committed to honoring their ministry and preserving their legacy. Today, Raaen is one of 13 rangers still alive to tell their story. With the 78th anniversary of the Normandy landings approaching, the Army Rangers of World War II are just a President's signature away from receiving one of the nation's highest honors, the Congressional Gold Medal, after a bipartisan effort in Congress to win to recognize their bravery and sacrifice. "The shots just poured into the area we were coming into," recalled the now-retired Major General Raaen. "I don't think anyone who went through that has forgotten a single moment," said Raaen, who recently turned 100. D-Day marked a new chapter in World War II as thousands of Allied troops from the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada landed on the beaches of Normandy and began confronting Nazi-occupied Europe. U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Ranger Battalion surround German prisoners on June 6, 1944 at the Pointe du Hoc, located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, after the Allies stormed the Normandy beaches during D-Day. - AFP/Getty Images The original plan called for Raaen and the rest of the 5th Ranger Battalion to follow another Ranger Battalion at the Pointe du Hoc and scale 100ft cliffs to find and destroy German artillery used to Attack on American troops could be deployed beach. Instead, time delays meant Raaen and his battalion landed at Omaha Beach, where he said their intense preparation as Army Rangers served them well. We didn't see anything on that landing that we hadn't seen before in practice, so there were no surprises,” said Raaen, who recalls using live ammunition during that practice. The Rangers would be the first to make it off the beach. Exposing themselves to enemy fire, they planted Bangalore torpedoes—long tubes of explosives hooked together—under the barbed wire that surrounded the beach. When the torpedoes exploded, the Rangers made a decisive breakthrough. "We blasted four holes in the wire about 50 meters apart," Raaen said. "Once the wire was blown, the people caught on the beach could follow our troops through the gaps in the wire and climb the cliffs." Raaen recalled hearing Brig that day. General Norman Cota, one of the best officers on the beach, says, “You men are rangers. Cota's rallying cry, "Rangers, lead the way!" would survive the war and become the Army Rangers' official motto. Modeled on the highly trained British commandos, the US Army Rangers were an all-volunteer force tasked with conducting special operations and raids during World War II. Beyond Normandy, Ranger battalions were active around the world. A Ranger battalion on a speed march over hilly terrain during a maneuvering operation on January 20, 1943 in North Africa. - FPG/Stock Photos/Getty Images More than 70 years after the end of the war, Congress has taken action to honor this group of elite soldiers. Both chambers passed legislation awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to World War II Army Rangers. The Senate approved it last October, while the House of Representatives followed suit on May 11 by a vote of 418 to 0. Republican Senator Joni Ernst, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard, introduced the bill in the Senate. Democratic Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth, who lost both legs while serving in Iraq, signed on as the original co-sponsor. "I'm thrilled that the House of Representatives took action and paved the way for the President to sign this important piece of legislation to recognize the bravery and exceptional service of these brave Army Rangers with the Congressional Gold Medal -- a small token of appreciation from a grateful one." Nation,” Ernst said in a statement. The House bill was introduced by Colorado Democratic Rep. Jason Crow, himself a veteran Army Ranger. Michael Waltz of Florida, the first Green Beret to serve in Congress, and Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa, a 24-year Army veteran, appeared as original co-sponsors. Crow joined the Army after 9/11 because he felt a need to serve the country. After graduating from college, he was initially deployed as an infantry officer and eventually became an Army Ranger, serving on three deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Some of the most important battles of the war relied on their Army Ranger skills and sacrifices. As I have served our country, I have been honored to follow in the footsteps of thousands of Army Rangers who have served before me," Crow said in a statement. Ron Hudnell, whose father Pfc. James Hudnell, who served in the 2nd Ranger Battalion, began the first attempt at winning the Congressional Gold Medal eight years ago. Hudnell himself received the Ranger Tab after graduating from Ranger School and serving in Vietnam. After two unsuccessful attempts in earlier sessions of Congress, Hudnell credits the success of the third attempt to the earlier passage of the House and Senate bills; more supporting organizations, museums; and authors; and more families of World War II Rangers calling on their members of Congress to get behind the legislation. WWII Army Ranger James Hudnell and his son Ron Hudnell return to Pointe du Hoc in September 2006. With only 13 World War II Rangers remaining, Hudnell and lawmakers also knew time was running out to honor these heroes. "I deeply regret that we didn't start sooner," Hudnell, who has been involved with the Descendants of World War II Rangers as a member and board member for the past 20 years, told CNN. "I wish I had been more aggressive many years ago when we had a lot more rangers." After years of recruiting lawmakers to sponsor and support this effort, he said the bill-settlement convention was a "very exciting one Moment". "I know that [my father] would be very proud of the work that not only myself but also a number of other descendants of the World War II Rangers have put into this project," said Hudnell. "He would be delighted to see the country recognize what the Rangers did in World War II." Retired Major General John Raaen at Pointe du Hoc on June 5, 2019, one day before the 75th anniversary of D-Day. - Courtesy of John Raaen Major General Raaen continued to serve in Korea and Vietnam before retiring in 1979. "The invasion shaped my career and I'll admit it," said Raaen. But I was a hero to them, so I got the cream jobs. He said he felt great to learn the bill had passed Congress and was now awaiting the President's signature. "It will be a great honor for all of us," said Raaen.


Rangers vs Lightning odds tips and predictions tonight

NHL playoff odds, tips and predictions for the New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning on June 5th. Free NHL Moneyline and Over/Under Betting Tips. (Author: Gardener)

tonightTampa Bay is in a position it hasn't seen in many years, and is 2-0 down in the series. Tampa Bay is in a position it hasn't seen in many years, and is 2-0 down in the series. Will New York put its foot on the Bolts' neck or will it make Tampa interesting? Will New York put its foot on the Bolts' neck or will it make Tampa interesting? Find out in our NHL betting tips and predictions for Rangers vs. Find out in our NHL betting tips and predictions for Rangers vs. as this series heads to Florida. The Bolts hope that being on the home ice can help them put the momentum back in their favor in the series. See Who in our NHL Betting Tips and Predictions for Rangers vs The Lightning opened as the home favorite of -175 but the line has shifted to -190. Use the live odds widget above to follow all future line movement until the puck drops, and be sure to check the full NHL odds before betting to ensure you're getting the best number. When you sign up for the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a new sportsbook, here are two of the best bonuses available*: A) New users to FanDuel can wager $5 and receive $200 in free bets - regardless of whether your bet wins or loses! B) New users can get two risk free bets up to $2,000 at PointsBet! Rangers: 2-0, nine goals for. Blitz: 0:2, four goals for it. Find more NHL betting trends for Rangers vs. Our page and overall predictions are based on our analysis of the line and totals in this game. Our best bet is our favorite pick across all markets. The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost back-to-back playoff games for the first time in nearly three years, and it will be a tall order for the New York Rangers to finish third in a row. Tampa returns home to where it has been strong so far in the postseason, going 4-1 at the Amalie Arena. The Lightning haven't played their best hockey this series, but all we've seen of them over the past two postseasons is just how resilient this group is. Kucherov has only managed one goal and one assist in the first two games and I don't know if Rangers can knock him out permanently. Andrei Vasilevskiy performed much better in Game 2 than in Game 1 and I have a feeling he'll look even better on home ice. Vasilevskiy and Igor Shesterkin are essentially neck and neck in terms of stats, so neither team really has a goalkeeping advantage. Tampa will come out of the gate with a lot of fighting today, and it's hard to bet against the two-time defending champion on your home ice with your back against the wall. We saw a much better goalkeeping performance from Andrei Vasilevskiy in Game 2 and Igor Shesterkin remains consistent in the blue color for the New York Rangers. We know both of these teams are talented up front and more than capable of scoring goals, but if you ask me goalkeeping outweighs offensive ability. Game 7 aside, Rangers struggled to score away from home in Round 2 and we could see them getting a little upset as they sometimes did against the Hurricanes. Game 2 broke their powerplay streak and it will be interesting to see how the Man Advantage unit reacts to being kept scoreless. Getting back to goalies, Vasilevskiy plays with 0.921 SV% and 2.58 GAA while Shesterkin plays with 0.929 SV% and 2.60 GAA. I expect Vasilevskiy to deliver his best game of the series and Shesterkin to put in another strong performance. There's no denying that Rangers have looked terrific in the first two games, but playing on the road is another matter entirely, especially against a team like the Lightning, who have a lot of experience at that position. Kucherov and Stamkos were able to produce, but we haven't seen them appear very dominant. Tampa will come out buzzing in the first twenty minutes and the Rangers will have to weather the storm, but that will be an energy this Rangers team hasn't seen. I think Tampa is delivering its biggest fight of the playoffs and making this series interesting and it will do the work in regulation.


How to Watch NY Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Game 3

Rangers lead the series 2-0. (Author: Gardener)

2The New York Rangers visit the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in the 2022 NHL Conference Finals and aim to extend the series on Sunday, June 5 (5/6/2022) at 3:00 p.m. at the Amalie Arena. ET. Game 3 will be broadcast on ESPN and can be streamed live on fuboTV, ESPN+ and other live TV services. The entire Eastern Conference Finals can be streamed live on ESPN+. After fighting tooth and nail for their comeback in the early rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Rangers finally have a commanding lead in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Lightning. The Rangers won 3-2 at Madison Square Garden on Friday and handed Tampa Bay their first straight playoff loss since 2019. Mika Zibanejad gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead with a crucial goal in the 3rd period, which Tampa prevented equalization later in the phase when they scored their 2nd goal of the night. Cable subscribers can log into or ESPN Apps with their cable credentials to enjoy a FREE live stream of the game. Do you need tickets for one of the games? Can I bet on the games? DraftKings has the Rangers as the +155 underdogs. Mobile sports betting is now legal in New York, which means you can now bet on NHL games from your mobile phone. New York Rangers (52-24-6, in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (51-23-8, in the Atlantic Division) BOTTOM: The New York Rangers visit the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third round of the NHL Playoffs leading 2-0 in the series. The Rangers won the last meeting 3-2. Tampa Bay is 24-8-6 at home and 51-23-8 overall. The Lightning have a goal difference of +57, with a total of 285 goals scored and 228 goals conceded. New York is 52-24-6 overall and 24-13-2 in road games. Rangers are 42-5-2 in games where they score three or more goals. POWERFUL: Steven Stamkos has 42 goals and 64 assists for the Lightning. Nikita Kucherov has recorded four goals and 10 assists in the last 10 games. Artemi Panarin has 22 goals with 74 assists for Rangers. Mika Zibanejad has recorded seven goals and seven assists in the last 10 games. LAST 10 GAMES: Lightning: 7-3-0, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.1 assists, 4.3 penalties and 9.4 penalty minutes at 2.3 goals per game. Rangers: 7-2-1, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.6 assists, four penalties and 8.5 penalty minutes at 1.9 goals per game. What is ESPN Plus? ESPN Plus is a streaming service from ESPN featuring a huge selection of live professional and collegiate sports games, including UFC, college football and basketball, international and major league soccer, MLB and more. It also has its own original TV series, and your subscription gets you access to exclusive ESPN Insider content on Cable packages like Spectrum, Verizon, and DirecTV don't include ESPN Plus. So if you want the exclusive coverage of the service, you'll have to pay or find a bar where the event is happening. (Conversely, ESPN Plus does not include ESPN, ESPN2, and other ESPN channels). ESPN+ is accessible through the ESPN app on most devices including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PlayStation, Roku, Xbox One and more. How much does ESPN Plus cost? Subscription does not include access to certain pay-per-view events such as UFC 275: Texeira vs. These events cost extra but are still exclusive to the ESPN+ service. If you're looking to save on lots of streaming content, the Disney Plus Bundle includes subscriptions to Hulu ($5.99), ESPN Plus ($6.99), and Disney Plus ($7.99) for just $13.99/month . You get one of the services for free if you subscribe to all three.


3 Takeaways from Avalanches Game 3 victory over Oilers

Valeri Nichushkin scored twice and Colorado beat Edmonton 4-2 to lead the series 3-0. (Author: Gardener)

Avalanches Game 3The Colorado Avalanche has had lofty goals like the Stanley Cup or Bust for the past few seasons. The Avs drew 6-0 away in the postseason and defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday. Valeri Nichushkin had gone four games without a point in those playoffs. He more than made up for his slump on Saturday, scoring two goals to lead the Avalanche to victory. After Edmonton scored in the first minute, Nichushkin got lucky. He made a shot from the left circle that was deflected by Darnell Nurse's bat and went past Oilers goalie Mike Smith. Nichushkin's second goal put Colorado ahead early in the second goal when he smashed in a shot from the slot. As this postseason begins, Nichushkin has had just one multi-point playoff game in his career. That came back on August 30, 2020 when he scored two goals in the second round against the Dallas Stars, his former team. Nichushkin had a two-assist game in Game 4 against the St. Louis Blues in that playoff but hadn't scored a point since. Nichushkin comes off a career year in which he had career-high goals (25), assists (27) and points (52). That was the only season he had a total of 30 points prior to 2021-22. He had three two-goal games during the regular season, including one against Edmonton on April 22. After scoring just two points in Colorado's first nine playoff games, Compher now has five goals in his last four competitions. His fifth goal of the run was arguably the biggest of them all, which is saying a lot as he scored the game-winning goal in Game 6 that won the second-round series against the St. Louis Blues. A compher rushing out of the penalty area grabbed the puck and shot on goal. The shot rolled into the net for the eventual game winner. The goal wasn't just important because it gave Colorado the lead. The Avalanche needed some depth scoring to improve after Nazem Kadri was knocked out after a nasty check from Edmonton's Evander Kane early in the first game. Kadri had one goal and three assists in the first two games of the series against the Oilers. All the attention is on Colorado stars Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar, but Devon Toews continues to have a very strong postseason. He had two more assists on Saturday, giving him 10 assists in the playoffs. It was his second multi-assist game of the series, as he also had two assists in Game 1. In the last six games he has one goal and six assists. Toews got lucky on both assists on Saturday. The first was on Nichushkin's first goal, which was deflected off Nurse's bat. Toews then had the primary assist for Colorado's second goal, which deflected a defender straight to Nichushkin, who whipped it into the net. In addition to scoring, Toews was also very sharp defensively. In the first half alone, he cut through what appeared to be a golden scoring chance between Connor McDavid and Evander Kane and had a crucial blocked shot in a two-on-one late in the half. Toews and the Avalanche will look to end the Oilers in Game 4 on Monday in Edmonton.