5. Finally Getting to their Game
In the first two games of the series, the Lightning were never able to get to play their game the way they wanted to. They never were able to impose their will on the Rangers. And truthfully, they did more to fuel the Rangers game far more than their own. Between being careless with the puck and defensive breakdowns, the Lightning hurt themselves in the first two games and the Rangers made them pay for it.
Game three was much better as the Lightning were able to limit their mistakes and not fuel the attack for New York. The Lightning did not give up a single goal at five-on-five in the game as they were able to spend a lot more time on offense rather than defending in their own zone.
Obviously, the sense of urgency that the Lightning came out with drove the Lightning to be on the attack a bit more, but that was something we did not see in the first two games. They did spend significantly more time in their attacking end in game three and had over 50 shots on goal while only giving up 30 to show for it.