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NHL - US Sports: Rangers keep believing

Defenceman Ryan Lindgren says the New York Rangers will draw on past experiences as they travel to Amalie Arena on Saturday to face the two-time defending Champions Tampa Bay Lightning in a must win game in the Eastern Conference Final.


 
The Rangers had won a team-record eight straight playoff games at home before a 3-1 loss in Game 5 on Thursday put them 3-2 down in the best-of-seven series to the Lightning.

Rangers won't go away easily

Gerard Gallant's men are 17/4 to turn the series around and 17/1 to go on to beat the Colorado Avalanche who lie in wait in the Stanley Cup Final.

History of the playoffs so far proves the Rangers won't be easy for the Lightning to put away, as they have gone 5-0 in elimination games during a run which has seen them eliminate the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes, both in a Game 7.

It's that experience which Lindgren says will help the Rangers, and give them belief that they can bring another Game 7 back to their home comforts in New York.

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The Rangers hold home ice advantage for the Eastern Conference Final after recording one more regulation win than the Lightning in the regular season.

Past experience a help

The 24-year-old Lindgren has scored five points (two goals, three assists) in the 16 playoff games so far and holds a team leading plus-9 rating.

Lindgren reflected to the media: "We've been in this situation before and it seems like we play our best hockey when our backs are against the wall. We've just got to go to Tampa and win a game. Take it one game at a time. Draw from those past experiences and go play our best hockey."

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