The Tampa Bay Lightning will play for the Stanley Cup after defeating the New York Rangers 2-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference. This was their third straight win at Madison Square Garden.
Ben Bishop was on a mission to make up for Game 6 when he allowed five goals. Henrik Lundqvist, while outstanding this season simply couldn't match Bishop tonight.
Killorn scored at 1:53 into the third on a backhander from the slot. There was so much activity in front of Lundqvist, he didn't appear to notice the puck slip into the crease and into the net.
In the fourth, Bishop fought to secure a lose puck amidst four Rangers and he succeeded. Ondrej Palat sealed it for the Lightning off a feed from Tyler Johnson.
The crowd had expected the Rangers to win – after all, they'd won every Game 7 at the Garden before now, and Lundqvist had won six Game 7s, tied for most of any goalie. They had the best record of the year and was 15-3 in its last 18 elimination games. The win was surely theirs. But not this season, no matter how many times the fans chanted Lundqvist’s name.
The Lightning have only been to the finals once in 2004, and they won the Cup then. They'll play either the Anaheim Ducks or Chicago Blackhawks. Who will ultimately win the Stanley Cup?