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LeBrun: Superstar scorer Stamkos is back

Steven Stamkos' scoring touch and confidence have returned, helping push the Lightning to one win away from the Stanley Cup finals.

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Lightning blank Rangers in Game 5

Steven Stamkos set up Valtteri Filppula's go-ahead goal and scored another, and the Lightning are now just a win away from the Stanley Cup finals.


Rangers: H. Lundqvist says after Game 5 loss "no other way for us right now than to really leave everything out there"

Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

When asked how long it took him to catch his breath after being hit "down there" Bishop said: “Good thing there’s some time in between."

Linda Cohn @lindacohn

Ben Bishop got a lot of help tonight. I can think of maybe three high quality stops. Lightning kept Rangers on the outside. #NYR

Rapid reaction: Lightning take series lead

Two second-period goals were all the Lightning needed to steal a win at MSG and take home a 3-2 series lead over the Rangers, but the recent turnaround from Steven Stamkos shouldn't be overlooked. Power play proves critical


ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Steven Stamkos (TB): goal and assist in 2-0 win over Rangers He has 14 points over his last 10 playoff games (7 goals, 7 assists)

Final: Lightning 2, Rangers 0

Game 5 ended with 4-on-4 hockey and Henrik Lundqvist on the bench, but Ben Bishop held off New York for one final flurry to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 series lead. It's Bishop's second career playoff shutout. Box score


Bishop besting the King so far

Henrik Lundqvist and Ben Bishop must have a pact to alternate good games in net. After coming up small in Game 4, Bishop is stonewalling the Rangers late in the 3rd as New York frantically tries to come back from a 2-0 deficit to avoid trailing 3-2 in the series. Follow live

Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Bishop has responded to adversity same way Lundqvist did in Game 5. Hasn't been tested a ton but come through when he has been. #NYR #TBL

Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Nice drop pass by Nash for a one-timer by Stepan but Bishop is able to fend off the rising blast #NYR still down 2-0.