Rangers on verge of elimination after Game 5 loss to Lightning

The Rangers are back in familiar territory, staring at elimination.

And they’re heading back to daunting territory.

The Blueshirts fell 3-1 to the Lightning Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, putting them in a 3-2 series hole.

Mikhail Sergachev’s late goal — his second of the night — gave the Lightning a one-goal lead before Brandon Hagel made it 3-1 with an empty-netter.

After a scoreless first period, Ryan Lindgren gave the Rangers the lead midway through the second period. That lead held until Sergachev tied the game near the end of the period.

After stifling their potent attack most of the night, the Lightning finally broke past Igor Shesterkin, who saved 23 of 25 shots he faced.

The Lightning celebrate after defenseman Mikhail Sergachev scored a goal to tie the game in the second period.
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Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin moves the puck behind Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy during the first period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden on June 9, 2022.
Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin moves the puck behind Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.
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Game 6 is in Tampa Bay, where the Lightning won both Games 3 and 4.

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