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Stanley Cup Playoffs open thread: June 7

The two teams now know who awaits them in the Stanley Cup Final.

New York Rangers v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Three Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 4: New York Rangers @
Tampa Bay Lightning

NYR leads 2-1

How to watch

Start time: 8:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English) TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: ESPN
Streaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

The Western Conference Final is complete, and the result has the Colorado Avalanche advancing to the Stanley Cup Final, but the Eastern Conference representative won’t be determined for at least another two games. Tampa Bay is hoping it will take more time than that, as it’s the team trailing in the series, finally getting a win on the board in Game 3. In front of their home crowd, the Lightning got a great game from Nikita Kucherov, who assisted on all three goals his side scored, including another last-minute winner, this time from Ondrej Palat.

The Lightning recognized the desperation of the situation and tested Igor Shesterkin all afternoon, getting that third goal on their 51st shot of the contest. It may take a similar effort to best the young goalie once again. The last two games have been decided by one goal, and any let-up from the two-time defending champs could see their grasp on the title belt begin to slip.