Tampa Bay Lightning Pull Off Game 5 Thriller Against New York Rangers, Lightning Lead Series 3-2

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Game 6: New York at Tampa Bay - Saturday 8 p.m. ET

NEW YORK CITY (Tampa Bay Lightning) – Have a night, Mikhail Sergachev.

The Lightning defenseman collected two points, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal with less than two minutes to play in regulation, to lead the Bolts to a 3-1 victory over the Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

His first goal of the postseason came late in the second period with Tampa Bay down a goal. Sergachev drifted to the middle of the ice and floated a shot into traffic that snuck past Igor Shesterkin.

Nearing the end of a tightly checked third period, Sergachev once again took advantage of traffic in front of Shesterkin, wristing a shot into traffic that was tipped home by Ondrej Palat in the slot. It’s the second time in this series that Palat has delivered a late winner, adding to the dramatic goal he scored in the final minute of regulation back in Game 3.

Brandon Hagel added an empty net goal to round out the scoring.

Andrei Vasilevskiy earned his third-consecutive victory in the series with 24 saves.

The Bolts will now head back to Tampa with a chance to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Final in Game 6 at AMALIE Arena on Saturday.