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NHL - US Sports: 'Find-a-ways' on the cusp of Final

10 June 2022 07:00:45 EST
Steven Stamkos leads Lightning to victory

After dubbing themselves the "Tampa Bay Find-a-ways" earlier in the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have remained true to the nickname in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and find themselves one win away from the Final.

The Lightning, 2.90 to be crowned the Stanley Cup Champions for a third time in a row, beat the New York Rangers 3-1 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Final.

What: New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Western Conference Finals Game 6

Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa

When: 01:00, Sunday 12th June, 2022

How to watch: Premier Sport 1 or bet365's Sports Live Streaming

Rangers run comes to an end

It was the first defeat on home ice in nine games for the Rangers with the Lightning scoring the game-winning goal with just 1.50 remaining.

The goal came from Ondrej Palat who just days before in Game 3 became the franchise leader for most game-winning-goals in the playoffs for the Lightning, now at 11.

Add in Ross Colton's winning goal with 3.8 seconds left in a 2-1 victory in Game 2 of the second round against the Florida Panthers, and the Lightning have scored the game-winner three times in the final two minutes of regulation on their playoff run.

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The Lightning will have the opportunity to wrap up the series and set a date with the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday when the Rangers head into Amalie Arena.

Stamkos hails Tampa mentality

If they do so, it will be a remarkable 11th series win in a row and give them the opportunity to become the first team to win the Stanley Cup in three consecutive seasons since the New York Islanders won four straight championships from 1980-83.

Captain Steven Stamkos said about the late game-winners to the media: "That's three huge moments in the playoffs, where we found a way at the end of the game.

"So, it's just for the most part, especially when you come into an atmosphere like this on the road, the mentality is just do whatever it takes to win."

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