The Tampa Bay Lightning overtook the New York Rangers, on their way to being in the Stanley Cup finals for a third year-in-a-row! The Lightning will face the Colorado Avalanche for the NHL’s top prize.
This series against the Rangers was hard-fought, but the Lightning outlasted the Rangers to make it back to the Stanley Cup finals. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos played hero with a pair of goals, including the game-winner late in the third that banked in off his body after a great save by Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin. Beyond that, Andrei Vasilevskiy did what he does in elimination games, which is build a forcefield around his own net. Vasilevskiy didn’t have a massive workload, but he stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced, and he answered the bell when called upon.
The Lightning continued their postseason success by earning their 11th straight postseason victory. The Lightning’s Goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, stopped 20 of just 21 shots by the Rangers, so his night was not that tough. Overall, the two best goalies in the league went head-to-head in this series, and they both delivered with elite performances while saving the best for last.
The Lightning will face the powerhouse, Avalanche, which have destroyed NHL team, all year long. This should be a very eventful Stanley Cup finals, as the two best teams will grind to achieve the NHL’s top prize. With the way the Lightning’s Goalie played against the Rangers, I wouldn’t bet against Tampa.