Derick Brassard scored three goals and set up two others, and J.T. Miller and Rick Nash posted a goal and three assists apiece as the New York Rangers stayed alive with a 7-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena in Florida. The best-of-seven NHL Eastern Conference Final is now tied at three games apiece.
Dan Boyle (Miami), Dominic Moore (Harvard), and Tanner Glass (Dartmouth) all earned assists for the Rangers, who broke open a 2-1 game with five third-period scores. Moore and Glass both assisted on what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
Ben Bishop (Maine) made 21 saves on 26 shots, and also picked up an assist on Tampa Bay’s first goal, before being pulled with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation. The Lightning outshot the Rangers, 39-33, but lost the faceoff (35-31), hits (27-12) and blocked shot (17-12) battles.
The deciding Game 7 will be played Friday night at Madison Square Garden, with the winner advancing to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final against either Chicago or Anaheim.