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W2W4: Bolts, Rangers fight for final position

Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals will likely come down to whether or not the Lightning can get past Henrik Lundqvist in New York.

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History irrelevant to Tampa Bay

"You're not playing against the same teams. You're not playing the same situations," said Lightning C Tyler Johnson about New York's perfect Game 7 track record. "We've had some success there this series. Hopefully we continue to do so." Faceoff is upcoming.

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New York vs. Chicago titles are rare

If the Rangers and Blackhawks win their Game 7's, it would be the first-ever Stanley Cup final matchup between the two despite the fact that both are Original Six franchises. The cities of New York and Chicago haven't met for a major championship in 52 years, since the Bears beat the Giants for the NFL title in 1963.

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Big Apple teams big in home Game 7's

The Rangers are a perfect 7-0 when hosting Game 7's. Combined with their fellow Madison Square Garden residents, the Knicks, they are a formidable 11-2 in Game 7's played in Manhattan.

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Melrose: Lundqvist a can't miss in Game 7

Barry Melrose is picking the Rangers tonight in Game 7 against the Lightning: "The hot goaltender is the most important position we have in hockey. And Henrik Lundqvist is the hottest goalie going."

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Lundqvist's secret: His teammates

"I just try to go out and do my job. You're definitely nervous, but it comes down to teamwork," said the Rangers G on his Game 7 success. "I feel comfortable when we're in the right place, when we're doing good things out there. I feel like it's easier for me to focus on my game, and that's a big part of winning these games, too."

The unbreakable King

A Lightning Game 7 victory would reverse a fairly daunting trend from Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who's at his best with his back against the wall.