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Ben Bishop allowed five goals on 24 shots in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Rangers.

The best-of-seven series is now tied 2-2. Despite looking shaky at times this postseason, Bishop has still posted some solid numbers. It all seems to have caught up to him though, as he has allowed 10 goals in his last two starts. The 28-year-old has a 10-7 record with a 2.21 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage this postseason. The series will now shift back to New York for Game 5 on Sunday night.
May 22 - 11:22 PM

Steve Stamkos scored a goal in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Lightning were a dominant offensive side in the last two games of the series, but the Rangers came out with a complete team effort in Game 4. Stamkos' goal at 11:30 mark of the second period tied the game at 1-1, but it was all downhill from there, as they allowed four more goals in the game. Alex Killorn and Valtteri Filppula picked up the assists on the goal. The series is now tied at 2-2, and the two teams will now head back to New York for Game 5 on Sunday night.
May 22 - 10:57 PM

Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks, and Glen Sather of the New York Rangers have each been named as finalists for NHL GM of the Year, as voted on by their fellow GM's, a panel of NHL executives, and members of the media.

It should be noted that the voting was done after the second round of the playoffs finished. Yzerman's Lightning finished second in the Atlantic, but he didn't make any major moves leading into nor during the season. Murray's Ducks won the Pacific, and he acquired Ryan Kesler prior to the season and Simon Despres at the trade deadline. Sather's Rangers meanwhile won the Presidents Trophy for best record in the NHL, he signed Kevin Hayes before the season started and acquired Keith Yandle at the trade deadline.
May 22 - 8:03 PM

Jonathan Drouin, Jonathan Marchessault, and Vladislav Namestnikov will be scratched from Friday's Game 4 against the New York Rangers.

With the Lightning leading the series 2-1, and after having scored a dozen goals the past two games, Coach Cooper doesn't seem compelled to make any unnecessary changes to the lineup. Of note, the one change that he is making is defenseman Mark Barberio will play in place of the injured Matt Carle.

Mark Barberio might end up playing in Game 4 on Friday.

Matt Carle (undisclosed) is out and it remains to be seen if the Tampa Bay will still go with seven defensemen. If the Lightning do, then Barberio will be the one assuming the vacant roster spot. We probably won't know for sure until right before the start of the game though as the Lightning intend to include 21 players in their pregame warmups.
May 22 - 11:23 AM

Matt Carle (undisclosed) didn't take part in Friday's morning skate.

Carle wasn't able to finish Game 3 due to the ailment. If he's not available for Friday's contest, then Tampa Bay might have Nikita Nesterov serve on the third defensive pairing.
May 22 - 10:48 AM

Ryan Callahan wants to contribute more offensively.

He hasn't earned a points in eight straight games. "There's no question I have to contribute," said Callahan. "I have to put goals in the net. I have to put points on the board. That's a department I need to improve on." He added that he will try to go hard to the net more and play in the gritty areas, which is how he's had success in the past. Callahan has no goals and three assists in 15 postseason matches.
May 21 - 6:47 PM

Alex Killorn has been red hot for the Lightning during the postseason.

He has notched four goals and six assists in his past eight games. Killorn has been held off the scoresheet in just two contests over that span. He has been clicking with Steve Stamkos and Valtteri Filppula, which has given Tampa Bay another potent scoring line after the "Triplets" (Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat). Killorn has six goals and 14 points in 11 playoff matches.
May 21 - 6:27 PM

Nikita Nesterov played 14:14 of ice time in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday night.

Nesterov, who has been serving as an extra defender when the Lightning dress seven blueliners, got some additional minutes because of an injury to Matt Carle. He contributed two assists in Tampa Bay's 6-5 overtime win and will likely fill in for Carle if he can't play Friday.
May 21 - 4:36 PM

Coach Jon Cooper said there's "no update" on Matt Carle after he was injured Wednesday night.

He exited Game 3 early in the match with an undisclosed injury. All Cooper would say is that Carle is listed as day-to-day, so it's unclear if he will be available for Friday in Game 4.
May 21 - 4:32 PM

Tyler Johnson tied a franchise record for a playoff goals in a year Wednesday night.

He netted his 12th goal in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers, which leads the postseason. The marker also tied the club's high that Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards set in 2004.
May 21 - 10:39 AM

Ben Bishop's puck handling skills have been evident throughout the playoffs.

He moves the puck very well to his defensemen and coach Jon Cooper appreciates that aspect of his goaltender's game. "There's not an ounce of worry for me when he goes back there," Cooper said. "Ninety-nine percent of the time he does the right thing. Sometimes a play might go a little haywire. That's why guys like (Victor) Hedman can make a save like he did the other night (in Game 2). But in all seriousness ... it's great to have a guy back there that can do that. Not too many goalies can play the puck like he can. I mean, he's not just a guy who can rip it off the glass. He's can throw one right up the middle and on someone's tape." Bishop is one of four goalies this playoffs to contribute an assist.
May 21 - 10:24 AM

Steve Stamkos was all over the ice Wednesday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final.

He notched a goal and an assist in a 6-5 overtime win over the New York Rangers. Stamkos had a sluggish start to the postseason, but he's been firing on all cylinders again and it started to happen when he shifted from playing center to the wing. "I thought he was spending too much time in the (defensive) zone and was spending way too much energy down there," coach Jon Cooper said. "So to free him up a little bit, get him out of (our) zone faster and (keep him from having to) play the whole 200 feet. I thought it would help save his legs and give him a little more time and space." He has amassed 11 points, including five goals, in his past eight games.
May 21 - 10:16 AM

Brian Boyle's wife, Lauren, gave birth to the couple's first child on Tuesday night.

The couple welcomed a baby boy into the world. Boyle sat out Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, but he has suited up in the past two games. He has one goal and one assist in 15 playoff appearances.
May 21 - 10:06 AM

Tyler Johnson has registered four goals and two assists in the first three games of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Rangers haven't been able to slow down the top line of the Lightning, but the Triplets have been doing this to teams all season long. Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov have combined to score eight goals and eight assists against New York thus far.
May 21 - 10:00 AM

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