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NHL - US Sports: Stamkos pushes Lightning

08 June 2022 06:19:00 EST
Skipper Steven Stamkos is urging the Lightning to kick on

The Tampa Bay Lightning have evened up the Eastern Conference against the New York Rangers Steven Stamkos has warned that they can't be content as they seek to win a third Stanley Cup in a row.

The Lightning, 2.90 to three-peat as Stanley Cup Champions lost the first two games of the best-of-seven series in New York before responding with two victories of their own on home ice, most recently a 4-1 win on Tuesday.

What: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers, Western Conference Finals Game 5

Where:  Madison Square Garden, New York

When: 01:00, Friday 10th June, 2022

How to watch: TNT or bet365 Live Stream

Odds: TB Lightning 1.80 NY Rangers 2.05

Tampa Bay will now look to go on and win the series and meet the Colorado Avalanche, who await their opponent for the Stanley Cup Final after sweeping the Edmonton Oilers.

With the series shifting to New York for Game 5 on Thursday, skipper Stamkos has urged his teammates to maintain their raised urgency level, and find a way in a building notoriously difficult to win in.

The Rangers have won their past eight games at home, with their only defeat in the playoffs coming in triple overtime of Game 1 of the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Ready to kick on

Tampa Bay have beaten the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers to reach the conference final. They are 4-4-0 on the road and 6-1-0 at home. 

Stamkos' seven goals joint-leads the Lightning in the post-season and his 13 points is joint-second.

He said to the media: "Absolutely we've been desperate the last couple games.

"We knew how important they were to get back in the series and we've done it, but we can't sit on our hands now and be happy with that. We've got to keep moving forward."

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