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Derick Brassard hat trick powers Rangers in crushing Lightning

Wed, 27 May 2015 17:53:28 +0000

Cesar Tordesillas - 4E Sports Contributor

Tampa, FL, United States (4E Sports) - Derick Brassard's hat trick and two assists lifted the New York Rangers over the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-3 Tuesday at Amalie Arena to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots for the Rangers.

The Rangers scored five times in the third to turn a tight game into a rout.

J.T. Miller scored coming off a pass from Brassard to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead. James Sheppard and Brassard also scored to give the Rangers a 5-1 with just under 13 minutes remaining.

Rick Nash added a power-play goal against Andrei Vasilevskiy and Brassard had an empty-netter with 1:41 to go to complete his hat trick.

Lundqvist gave up up a pair of third-period goals to Nikita Kucherov .

Brassard scored on New York's first shot of this game at 3:36 and Yandle's second goal of the playoffs made it 2-0 at 15:30. Ryan Callahan trimmed Lightning's deficit to 2-1 at 17:20 of the first.

Ben Bishop finished with 26 saves for the Lighting before being yanked.

Game 7 is Friday in New York.

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