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Rick Nash scored two goals and an assist in New York's 5-1 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final over Tampa Bay.

Nash came into tonight's game with just seven points in two and a half rounds of playoff action, but he really came through tonight. Nash scored the game's opening goal at the 17:18 mark of the first period. He also picked up an assist on Keith Yandle's second period goal, while adding his second of the game midway through the final frame. The three points are a new career-high in the playoffs for Nash. The Eastern Conference final is now tied at 2-2, with New York hosting Game 5 and a potential Game 7.
May 22 - 10:52 PM

Rick Nash may have just seven points in 15 games for the Rangers this postseason, but he scored a big point with his teammates on Thursday night.

Nash set up a private screening on the Entourage movie, which seems to have provided a needed jolt of positivity to the Rangers. "We had some good times as a team yesterday," Derick Brassard said. "We had a team dinner, a good meeting. We would feel pretty good about ourselves winning this game tonight and going back in our building." They'll feel even better if they can put together a victory in Game 4 on Friday night.
May 22 - 5:47 PM

The New York Rangers will continue to roll out the same lineup on Friday night in Tampa Bay for Game 4.

Down in the series 2-1 and having given up a dozen goals over the last two games, it wouldn't have been surprising to see Coach Vigneault make a lineup change. But it appears that Matt Hunwick, Chris Summers, and Ryan Bourque will continue to watch from the press box instead.
Source: Corey Long
May 22 - 5:26 PM

Henrik Lundqvist is feeling confident despite two rocky starts.

"Well, 12 goals in two games, of course you're going to question somethings," Lundqvist said. "But I have a lot of confidence in myself and the way I play and the way we play as a team. I think we all feel we can beat this team. Just small corrections that need to be made here and then we're right there. Obviously special teams have been a big part of the series so far. It's something we focus on. It's a new day a new opportunity to feel good about your game and try to get a win." Rangers coach Alain Vigneault has already made it clear that Lundqvist will start on Friday. Despite surrendering 12 goals in his last two contests, he still has a 2.12 GAA and .926 save percentage in 15 playoff contests.
May 22 - 5:10 PM

In case there was any doubt, Henrik Lundqvist is starting on Friday.

When asked to name his starting goaltender, there was laughter and then Rangers coach Alain Vigneault responded with, "Is that a real question?" After being told that it was, Vigneault formally named Lundqvist as the starting goaltender. Lundqvist was one of the best goaltenders in the first two rounds of the playoffs, but he's allowed six goals in back-to-back games. Even with that in mind though, it would have been surprising to see Lundqvist get benched. This team is built around him and it will be very difficult for the Rangers to succeed if he's not at his best.
May 22 - 11:02 AM

Henrik Lundqvist is disappointed with the way he's played in the last two games.

He has surrendered 12 goals to the Tampa Bay Lightning on 66 shots in back-to-back losses. "It's really challenging for me the way they move the puck," Lundqvist said after Wednesday night's 6-5 overtime defeat in Game 3. "The way they find open ice in the slot, and scoring chances right in front. I just need to dig deep here to try to be more consistent with my game plan. Try to challenge the shooter then they pass and sometimes you stay back. As a team, if we can be a little bit better, but also I have to be better. Honestly, you're not going to win if I give up six goals." The Rangers will look to get their defense back on track and even the best-of-seven series in Game 4 on Friday.
May 21 - 4:45 PM

Mats Zuccarello (concussion) skated Thursday with the extras, but he still isn't ready to join the team for practice.

Obviously, he won't be able to return until he does so. Zuccarello hasn't taken part in a full practice or played since Apr. 24.
May 21 - 2:54 PM

Ryan McDonagh was frustrated after the Rangers lost Game 2 by a score of 6-2.

"It's embarrassing," he said. "Our guys better figure it out quickly here and realize that stupid, selfish penalties are going to cost us." Tampa Bay went 3-for-6 on the power play that night. The Rangers were shorthanded just two times in Game 3, but the Lightning were able to score on one of their opportunities. New York battled back in the match, but the captain may not have liked his performance. McDonagh was on the ice for four of Tampa Bay's goals in Wednesday's 6-5 overtime loss, but he did manage to produce a goal and an assist in the match.
May 21 - 10:55 AM

Derek Stepan increased his team lead in points to 12 when he picked up two more assists in Wednesday's Game 3 overtime 6-5 loss.

Though he did pick up the two assists, it was a mixed game for Stepan who won just 35% of his faceoffs and didn't have a shot on goal in 18:51 of work. Despite the his ancillary totals, Stepan leads the team in assists with seven as well.
May 21 - 1:03 AM

Kevin Hayes picked up his fifth point of playoffs, and his third point in four games, during Wednesday's 6-5 overtime loss in Game 3.

Hayes saw his ice time dip for the second straight game, now down to 13:21. But he actually played one more shift, indicating that Coach Vigneault has the rookie on a tight leash. Hayes' assist came on the power play early in the third when he set up Ryan McDonagh with a no-look cross-ice pass, tying the game at four. Hayes now has three assists and five points in 15 postseason games. He also has 19 goals and 50 points in 94 total games during his rookie campaign.
May 21 - 1:00 AM

Kevin Klein picked up his second point of playoffs, an assist, during Wednesday's 6-5 Game 3 overtime loss.

It was off of Jesper Fast's second goal of the game, which ended Tampa's four-goal surge and made it 4-3 with 2:17 left in the second period. The playoffs have not quite been kind to Klein through his first 10 games, but he did collect a shot, two blocks and hits during his 19:17 of work in Game 3.
May 21 - 12:53 AM

JT Miller had another quality game for the Rangers, picking up an assist during their 6-5 overtime loss in Game 3.

Miller had five hits, two shots, and won 67% of his draws during his 18:09 of work. His most ice time since Game 5 versus Pittsburgh. His assist, by the way, helped tie the game at five with just 1:56 to go in the third. Miller now has four points, all assists, in 15 games this postseason.
May 21 - 12:44 AM

With his assist on Wednesday night, Chris Kreider now has points in four of the Rangers' last five games, with a point in each of the last three.

However, the Rangers would go on to lose Wednesday's Game 3 in overtime 6-5. Aside from his deft pass to set up Jesper Fast's first goal, Kreider was mostly unnoticeable. He posted just two hits and a block with no shots on goal over 17:50 of work, including 2:28 on the power play.
May 21 - 12:37 AM

Keith Yandle picked up two more assists in Wednesday's Game 3 6-5 overtime loss to Tampa Bay.

The assists were huge, both coming in the third period as the Rangers mounted their late comeback to force overtime. His first helper came on the power play as well, while he contributed two shots, hits, and a block and a takeaway in 16:15 of work. Yandle now sits tied with Ryan McDonagh for the team lead among blue liners in assists, and just one behind overall leader Derek Stepan.
May 21 - 12:34 AM

Ryan McDonagh picked up a power play goal and an assist in Wednesday's Game 3 loss to Tampa Bay.

McDonagh was a beast on the ice on Wednesday. He tied the game at four just 2:28 into the third, helping to complete a two-goal comeback after Tampa had scored four straight. He also registered three shots and hits, and two blocks over 27:07 of work. He skated just over four minutes on special teams, by the way. McDonagh also leads Rangers defenders with nine points through 15 games.
May 21 - 12:26 AM

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