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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