Fast couldn’t get the puck up, and Ben Bishop—all 6-foot-7 of him—closed the backdoor with a left-pad save. “They score there,” Bishop said, “you don’t know how the game turns out.” Instead of a tie game and all the momentum on the Rangers’ side, the Lightning scored two goals on five shots over the next five minutes to pull away.


It’s a five-game series now, and we still haven’t seen both teams at their best at the same time. The Lightning looked oddly enervated in Game 1, while the Rangers were outright slapstick-bad in most of Game 2. This series may end up going to whoever can settle down first—and judging things just from last night, Bishop, Johnson, and the Lightning don’t have very far to go.

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