- Derick Brassard hat trick powers Rangers in crushing Lightning
- Blues sign coach Ken Hitchcock to one-year pact
- Ducks inch closer to Finals with Game 5 OT win over Blackhawks
- Maple Leafs ink forward Sam Carrick to one-year extension
- Devils hoping to interview ex-Pens mentor Dan Bylsma for coach post
- Blackhawks' Antoine Vermette nets 2OT goal to beat Ducks
- Rangers' Martin St. Louis hopes first playoff goal against Lightning snaps slump
- Henrik Lundqvist's 38 saves power Rangers in crushing Lightning
- Ex-coach Mike Babcock says he left Red Wings to seek new challenges
- Frederik Andersen's 27 saves propel Ducks over Blackhawks
- Senators owner Eugene Melynk recovering after liver transplant
- Nikita Kucherov's overtime goal lifts Lightning over Rangers
- Senators give netminder Andrew Hammond three-year extension
- Maple Leafs sign coach Mike Babcock to eight-year, $50M deal
- Kruger tips in winning goal as Blackhawks edge Ducks in 3 OT
- Oilers to hire Todd McLellan as new head coach
- Tyler Johnson's hat trick powers Lightning past Rangers to tie series
- Flyers hire North Dakota's Dave Hakstol as head coach
- Ducks right wing Corey Perry ready for Game 1 against Blackhawks
- Dominic Moore gives Rangers leg up over Lightning in Game 1
Derick Brassard hat trick powers Rangers in crushing Lightning
Wed, 27 May 2015 17:53:28 +0000
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.