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Rangers coach Alain Vigneault and forward Rick Nash discuss the Blueshirts’ 5-1 win in Game 4 to even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2.


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What Henrik Lundqvist said after the game

Henrik10:53PM:Henrik Lundqvist spoke with Brian Engblom on NBCSN following the Rangers Game 4 win over Tampa Bay:

Hank said, “I want to be aggressive but want to be more relaxed. I made a few adjustments and talked to Benoit and he is great when it comes to guidance and giving me support.”

He added, “The last 48 hours have been tough and when you give up a lot of goals you start questioning if your positioning is right, competing hard enough. So many questions and sometimes you have to let it go. Playing this team, you have to accept that they will score some good goals.”

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May 22, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates with defenseman Dan Girardi (5) after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period in game four of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Nash, St. Louis score in Rangers 5-1 Game 4 win

The Rangers evened up their Eastern Conference Finals series vs. the Lightning to two games apiece thanks to goals from four different players.

Rich Nash scored twice, Chris KreiderKeith Yandle and Martin St. Louis added goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 38 saves, as the Rangers beat Tampa Bay, 5-1, in Game 4 Friday at Amalie Arena.


Nash and Yandle both recorded three points, while Kevin Klein and Kevin Hayes added two assists for the Rangers, who have scored 10 goals in the past two games.

The Rangers had been held to two or fewer goals in six of the previous seven games.

Steven Stamkos scored a goal and Ben Bishop made 19 saves for the Lightning.

Game 5 will be Sunday at 8 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers scored twice in a 1:48 span in the second period to take a 3-1 lead.

Kreider cleaned up a rebound off a Klein shot from the left faceoff circle to make it 2-1 with 4:44 left in the period.

Yandle took a shot from beyond the faceoff circle. The puck, heading wide, deflected off Victor Hedman’s shin and past Bishop to make it 3-1.

St. Louis scored his first goal of the playoffs on the power play 5:08 into the third.

After Nikita Nesterov was called for high-sticking, Derek Brassard sent St. Louis a crossing pass from the left side, where St. Louis slapped the puck past Bishop to make it 4-1.

Nash scored his second goal of the game on the power play. Yandle took a shot from the left side that Bishop initially stopped, but Nash poked the puck and it slowly slid past Bishop with 8:27 left in the third.

He scored his first goal on a breakaway late in the first. Nash skated up ice with the puck, broke past a defender and backhanded a shot that hit the post and deflected off Bishop’s skate into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Lundqvist rebounded in a strong fashion Friday. After allowing 12 goals in the past two games, he stopped all but one of the Lightning’s 39 shots.

Stamkos tied the game at 1 midway through the second on a spinning shot from between the faceoff circles.

The Rangers scored five goals in consecutive games for the first time since mid-February, when they scored 22 goals in a four-game span.


 


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