TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning were able to shake off two straight losses at Madison Square Garden.
The Lightning are down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals after rallying in the third period of a 3-2 win over the Rangers. The game appeared to be heading for overtime until Ondrej Palat scored with just 42 seconds left in the third period. The game-winner came on a pass from Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv), who had a goal and two assists.
The Rangers took a 2-0 lead on power-play goals by Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider 2:07 apart in the second period. Kucherov sparked the Lightning comeback with a power-play goal 66 seconds after Kreider’s tally.
Steven Stamkos tied the game by scoring with the man advantage 1:22 into the final period.
Igor Shesterkin stopped 48 shots for the Blueshirts.
Game 4 is Tuesday in Tampa.
Photo: New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) stops a shot by Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Nicholas Paul (20) during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals Sunday, June 5, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)