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Lightning Win Game 5 and Push Rangers to the Brink


Mikhail Sergachev scored his second goal of the sport with 1 minute 50 seconds remaining to interrupt a tie and push the Lightning to a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night that gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead within the N.H.L.’s Eastern Conference finals.

Within the second period, Sergachev beat Igor Shesterkin from the appropriate point through traffic in front of the web to offer the Lightning their first lead of the night.

Brandon Hagel added an empty-net goal with 59 seconds left to seal the Lightning’s third straight win, and the primary victory by a road team on this series. Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 24 shots.

Ryan Lindgren scored for the Rangers, who had won eight straight playoff games at home after losing Game 1 of the primary round to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Shesterkin finished with 24 saves.

Game 6 is Saturday night in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won Games 3 and 4 on home ice to tie the series and may now reach their third straight Stanley Cup finals with one other win at Amalie Arena.

Vasilevskiy made several sprawling saves midway through the third, stopping attempts by Ryan Strome, Adam Fox after which Lindgren in a 32-second span to maintain the rating tied at 1-1. Vasilevskiy also caught a shot by Kevin Rooney with about eight minutes left.

Shesterkin made a pleasant save on a rush by Ondrej Palat two minutes into the second period, and Vasilevskiy made a sliding pad save on Tyler Motte lower than a minute later to maintain the sport scoreless.

Shesterkin then made several nice saves during a Lightning power play, including on a slap shot by Nikita Kucherov 4:14 into the period.

The Rangers got their first power play of the night when the Lightning were called for too many men on the ice about eight minutes into the center period. They managed two shots through the advantage.

Shortly after the penalty expired, the Rangers opened the scoring when Lindgren fired a shot from the left side over Vasilevskiy’s right shoulder with traffic in front of the web with 9:31 left within the period. It was Lindgren’s second goal of the postseason.

After a Lightning turnover, Motte fired an extended shot that was gloved and smothered by Vasilevskiy with just below three minutes left to maintain it a one-goal game.

Just 30 seconds later, Sergachev tied it from the blue line with a shot through traffic for his first goal this postseason with 2:26 to go.

The Rangers had forwards Ryan Strome and Filip Chytil within the starting lineup. Strome missed Game 4 with a lower-body injury he sustained within the previous game. Chytil left Tuesday night’s game just past the midpoint of the second period after a success by Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman.

The Lightning were without forward Brayden Point, who has a lower-body injury, for a ninth straight game. He has not played since he was injured in Game 7 of the primary round against Toronto.

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