The mentally tough team won the game last night as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 to push the series back to Madison Square Garden according to the New York Post.
The Rangers were on the blink of elimination and they needed a great performance from the offense. Goaltender Henry Lundqvist can’t keep saving them from lack of offense even if he’s not playing well in the postseason. But hockey player J.T. Miller who did not played in the Stanley Cup Finals last year gave the team a spark. The 22 year old scored multiple times in the game and suddenly he is becoming a star for the Rangers.
“It’s a great feeling, but at the same time we’re just happy to step up at a big time in the series when we needed a win and that’s all that really counts,” Miller said.
Miller is clicking well with the team. His chemistry with Derick Brassard and Rick Nash is making the team dangerous and has helped his development as a solid player.
“Playing with these two, they’re so offensively talented, they’re well-rounded hockey players, play really well at both ends, but obviously what they do with the puck stands out. I’m just trying to make some room for them and I think we’re all doing a good job getting in on the fore-check and spreading the puck out and doing a good job making plays when we need to.”
The Rangers this year are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Performances like this and Lundqvist playing at a high level can elevate this team to a game seven win.