5 Takeaways from Lightning vs. Rangers Game 5

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5. This is What Championship Teams Do

This game was pretty even for the most part. The shots on goal were nearly even and there was plenty of back-and-forth action. The difference in these games can come down to a single play and the Lightning were able to make those plays in three straight games.

Two of the three wins now for Tampa Bay seemed destined for overtime. In game three, that one play was Ondrej Palat’s game winner in the last minute. That goal brought the Lightning back in the series and kept them from going down 3-0. The Lightning made that one play once again in game five and it was Palat again who was on the receiving end of it. These games are so close, but the Lightning have flexed their championship DNA in this series.