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LeBrun: Brassard rises to the challenge

With their season on the line, the Rangers needed more, and Derrick Brassard delivered a hat trick to force a Game 7 against the Lightning.

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Rangers Video: Barry Melrose says Henrik Lundqvist is the reason NY will win Game 7; "Rangers got the best [goalie]"

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7 goals for #NYR to make game 7 necessary! (Brassard, Yandle, Miller, Sheppard, Brassard, Nash, Brassard)

Rangers avoid elimination to force Game 7

Derek Brassard's hat trick and two assists guided the Rangers to a 7-3 victory over the Lightning in Game 6 as New York improved to 4-0 in elimination games this postseason.

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Who wins Rangers-Lightning Game 7?

Barry Melrose makes his prediction for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals: "The two teams are very evenly matched ... but the goaltender makes the difference. It's the most important position of any position in sports."

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Tampa coach Jon Cooper: "We're gonna come out the same way we've done when our backs are against the wall."

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Derick Brassard with a hat trick for Rangers, who force Game 7 with win Last Rangers hat trick in Conference Finals: Wayne Gretzky-- 1997

Final: Rangers 7, Lightning 3

J.T. Miller (1 goal, 3 assists) and Derick Brassard (3 goals, 2 assists) were two of the Blueshirts who continuously lit the lamp, Rick Nash also had a goal and three assists, to force a Game 7 in Madison Square Garden. Box score

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