Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said that Braydon Coburn was sick during Sunday's 2-0 win over New York.
Coburn was stuck on the bench for most of the game and now we know why. The 30-year-old played just 5:43 throughout the contest. His absence didn't hurt his team too much, as Tampa Bay was able to pull out a 2-0 win at Madison Square Garden. The Lightning now hold a 3-2 series lead.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 of 22 shots in Sunday's 2-0 Game 5 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Lundqvist was perfect in the first and third frame, but he was beaten by Lightning forwards Valtteri Filppula and Steve Stamkos in the second period. The 33-year-old has been much better since the beginning of the series, but he will have to bring his game up another notch, as the Rangers are now on the brink of elimination. Lundqvist has a 10-7 record with a 2.06 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage this postseason.
Ben Bishop stopped all 26 shots he faced in Tampa Bay's 2-0 win in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final.
This was an impressive bounce-back performance by Bishop, after being shelled in back-to-back games. A member of the media even went as far as to ask Lightning coach Jon Cooper if he'd think about making a goaltending change. Bishop was named the game's second star. The 28-year-old has 11-7 record with a 2.08 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage this postseason. The Lightning are now just one win away from going to the Stanley Cup Final.
The New York Rangers were shut out by a score of 2-0 in Sunday's Game 5 tilt against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
After lighting up the scoreboard in back-to-back games, the Rangers offense was shut down by Ben Bishop and his teammates. New York is now on the brink of elimination with the series heading back to Tampa Bay for Game 6. Rick Nash led all Rangers skaters with five shots on goal.
Steve Stamkos scored a goal and an assist during Tampa Bay's 2-0 win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Stamkos picked up the primary assist on Valtteri Filppula's opening goal, and the sniper scored a goal of his own later on in the second frame. After a very slow start to his postseason, Stamkos has suddenly caught fire. The 25-year-old now has seven points in his last four games and he has seven goals and 17 points in 18 playoff games in 2015. The Lightning are just one win away from going back to the Stanley Cup Final.
After leaving with an injury to his right hand earlier in the period, Cedric Paquette has returned Tampa Bay's bench.
Paquette missed only about 10 game minutes during his absence. He's played a total of 1:44 with 22 seconds of penalty kill time and the blocked shot thus far.
In case you were wondering if Trevor van Riemsdyk might see some action in Game 5 on Monday, he's not even traveling with Chicago to Anaheim.
Van Riemsdyk only just returned to practice, and is likely still not in game-shape. Still, the Coach Quenneville played his third defensive unit of Kimmo Timonen and Kyle Cumiskey for a total of 23:42 during Saturday's Game 4's 85 minute overtime victory.
Cedric Paquette went to the dressing room after blocking a shot early in the first period of Sunday's Game 5 versus New York.
Paquette played just 1:44 with the one block to his credit, while on the penalty kill for all of 22 seconds no less. He was seen holding his right hand as he went down the hallway. The Lightning will be down to just 10 forwards while Paquette is out.