Why the NY Rangers are hopeful of heading into a pivotal 5 game against Lightning

Rangers coach Gerard Gallant is skeptical when it comes to qualifying momentum.

The Lightning team must have pressured Rangers again by the evening after their back-to-back win at the Amalie Arena. And yes, Rangers do have a few concerns in the middle as pole position Philip Chettle and Ryan Strom were both listed as time-decisions for game five.

But the Blueshirts could hit the reset button as the series returns to New York. Never mind the fact that Gallant has already watched his team turn the tide as the series returns against the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Carolina Hurricanes.

“How many times have I said it? There is no momentum,” Gallant said Wednesday, before returning from Florida.

“When we finish two games to nothing, I don’t think we have any momentum. I just think it’s about preparing for the next match. The momentum doesn’t transfer. I really believe in that. That’s what we are,” she demonstrated.

New York Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant shouts at his players during period two in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Stanley Hockey League playoff against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in Tampa, Florida (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) )

Now, the Rangers will have to prove it against the Stanley Cup holders, who have shaken off any doubt about the rust or mileage that comes with three playoffs in 22 months. And they’ll need to start attacking after the 4-1 loss in Tampa.

The good news for the Rangers is back at Madison Square Garden Thursday night (ESPN, 8 p.m.). Rangers turned him into a house of terror with an 8-1 playoff record at home while both teams were on top of goals 38-20.

Andrew Cobb described the feature as part rivalry, part mental.

“Anytime things are going well, they’re behind you and that momentum builds up and it builds up a little bit,” Cobb said. “When things don’t go well – as soon as you get any sign of life – they can push you in the right direction.”

Gallant reasoned that it comes down to a combination of factors, including the right crowd and the opportunity to sleep in your own bed. Tactically, the Rangers coach believes the latest change has been “a little bit bigger” in this series than some others.

Hope is to help open the offense went two games without equal strength goal. Striker Tyler Mott commented the drought on the Rangers’ front and the constant pressure – or lack thereof.

“We haven’t been able to get to that as much as we’d like,” Mott said. “I think this will be a game changer for us.”

Tampa Bay Lightning goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevsky (88) blocks a shot from New York Rangers center Andrew Cobb (18) during the third period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Hockey League NHL Finals Eastern Conference playoff Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in Tampa, Florida (AP Photo / Chris O'Meara)

Tampa Bay Lightning goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevsky (88) blocks a shot from New York Rangers center Andrew Cobb (18) during the third period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Hockey League NHL Finals Eastern Conference playoff Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in Tampa, Florida (AP Photo / Chris O’Meara)

The question now is what the roster will look like when the Rangers return to the ice.

Galant had no update on Chytil or Strome on Wednesday morning, but revealed that the latter striker was “very close” to playing in Game 4. Strome had a late scratch due to a lower body injury, while Chytil (upper body) was gone. He was knocked out in the second period after an injury from Tampa’s Victor Hedman.

In their absence, Galant took out the line mixer with 10 different fixtures up front. Galant tried to find a spark by moving Artemi Panarin to the top line, but the trio of Panarin, Mika Zibanejad and Frank Vatrano came out of shell (12-7 on shot attempts) at 6:40 together at full power.

Rangers’ only 6 vs 4 goal came with less than four minutes left.

“We couldn’t find a way to break through that neutral zone and get a consistent timing for the zone,” Cobb said. “So I think we’re all pretty confident where we are now, but there has to be an increased level of desperation for sure.”

Cope took comfort in the fact that Rangers are still in a better position than they have been in a lot of qualifying. For example, a win would put them one step closer to reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2014.

This time, the Rangers do not face a multiplayer deficit or the threat of a hostile atmosphere for Game 7.

“He’s better than three in the Eastern Conference Finals,” defender Jacob Tropa said Tuesday night. “It’s something we have to get excited about as a group. We’re in a good place here. We’ll go home and do what we can to win the match.”

Sean Farrell is a high school sports reporter for NorthJersey.com. For complete access to live scores, breaking news and analysis from the Varsity Aces team, sign up today. To get the breaking news straight to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter and download our app.

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