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Stanley Cup playoffs: Palat, Lightning rally past Rangers, take 3-2 series lead

Stanley Cup playoffs: Palat, Lightning rally past Rangers, take 3-2 series lead
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev scored a game-tying goal in a win over the New York Rangers on Thursday in New York. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

June 10 (UPI) -- Left wing Ondrej Palat scored the first of two goals in the final 1:50 to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Fellow winger Brandon Hagel and defenseman Mikhail Sergachev also scored in the 3-1 triumph Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Game 6 will be Saturday in Tampa, Fla.

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"It was a huge game obviously to win in their building, but it's not over," Palat told reporters. "Next game will be the toughest. We need to be ready and come out hard."

Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy totaled 24 saves in the win.

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"I thought it was a pretty even game for the most point," Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. "It was a defensive battle. ... Besides that, it was a pretty sound hockey game."

Neither team scored in the first period of Game 5. Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren then broke the deadlock with a score midway through the second.

Sergachev answered with an unassisted score about seven minutes later. That goal would be the first of three-unanswered scores for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions.

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The score remained level for nearly the entire third period. Palat then beat Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin for his go-ahead score with less than two minutes remaining.

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman received a pass near the Rangers blue line at the start of that play. He then fired another feed to his right, which found Sergachev. The defenseman held the puck and flicked a long attempt on net. Palat screened off defenders and deflected the puck off his kneecap and into the net for a 2-1 lead.

Hagel cushioned the Lightning lead with another score 51 seconds later. Fellow winger Nikita Kucherov assisted that goal.

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The Lightning will host the Rangers in Game 6 at 8 p.m. EDT Saturday at Amalie Arena. Game 7, if necessary, will be Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

"We expect their best game of the playoffs, but we expect ourselves to be at that level too," Hedman said. "We've been successful when we've had the opportunity to eliminate teams. Now we have the chance again, but we aren't going to hang our hat.

"We have to execute like we have in previous games."

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