From Jacob Tropa’s attempt to fly by the forearm, to the post-whistle brawl, to the alleged spitting incident, the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers have given the League and Player Safety Department a few things to consider in Game Five. However, as of this morning, no supplemental discipline is warranted in the way of fines or suspensions, so expect everyone to be on the ice today.
Most notable was a search attempt by Rangers defender Jacob Troba on Ondrej Palat. From the angle on TV, he sure looks like he’s driving his arm/elbow before shoving Bales out of the way:
If there was a connection, he’d probably meet up with the league’s desk, but there’s not much history of DoPS doing anything about trying to elbow (since they don’t do much with attached elbows, either). Trouba has had some questionable hits in the playoffs so far this season and one more could have been added to the ledger.
The final whistle for the fifth game was highlighted by two wrestling matches and fights between the two teams that resulted in tough penalty kicks for Eric Cernak and Ryan Strom, one for Adam Fox, and two big tag team fights for Stephen Stamkus and Alexis. Lavrenier. Sometimes the league will hand out penalties for post-game cheats like this one, especially in hot series, but it looks like the players involved will skip the fines.
Speaking of Stamkos and Lafreniere, towards the end of their feud, some Rangers fans seem to think the Captain may have hit Lafreniere.
I can understand why they thought it was based on head shaking by Stamkos, but the lack of an angry reaction from Laf or any supplement system with several people in the area leads me to believe the movement was by Rangers pulling forward in a Stamkos jersey. But, congratulations on making a little fuss on social media!
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A look at Balat’s award-winning goal [Raw Charge]
It wasn’t a pretty goal, but it was one Taylor made. Screenshot of Ondrej Palat’s Game Five goal.
After the fifth match, there was an altercation between a Rangers fan and a Lightning fan. The Rangers fan in question has now been banned from MSG events for life.
If you’ve ever wondered what Steven Stampus’ career fighting card would look like, this is it:
From Tweet embedSteven Stamkos . NHL Fight Card, includes
– Nikolai Zardev (2008)
– Brad Marchand (2015)
– Karl Elzner (2018)
– Pavel Bukhnevich (2018)
– Yevgeny Malkin (2019)
Alexis Lavrinier (2022 aka Tonight)
The last time Stamkos fought at Tampa McDowell was not drafted.
– Steve “Dangle” Glenn (@Steve_Dangle) 10 June 2022
Crunch signs Gabriel Dumont to a two-year contract with AHL [Syracuse Crunch]
Syracuse Crunch held their captain for another two years, providing some stability to an AHL team that will likely have an influx of young talent this season. Dumont breaks out of a career with 62 points [30 goals, 32 assists] In 75 games. Crunch has also signed defender Tyson Fest on a one-year deal. Fest, 21, played in 65 games for the Kelowna Rockets last season, scoring 15 goals and 24 assists.
Lightning knows the cut-off point is the “hardest” beat [Tampa Bay Times]
We get to that later in the preview, but Lightning knows the fourth win is the toughest in a streak. They will work hard to lock down Rangers tonight at home and secure their third consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
Balat always finds himself in the middle of the action [Tampa Bay Times]
He has quietly moved to the top of the Lightning team’s post-season goal-scoring charts. That’s exactly what he does when lightning needs some humiliation.
Putting the Lightning Rangers on the brink of elimination [The Athletic]
Speaking of Palat, he is the only player in NHL history to score two game-winning goals in the same series. Maybe go for three tonight?
The NHL releases two versions of the Stanley Cup Final schedule. We’ll know which one they go with after Game Six tonight.
Ben Bishop’s necklace bound for Buffalo [Die by the Blade]
The Dallas Stars are cutting some salary and the Buffalo Sabers getting some help hitting the minimum salary. Bishop is unlikely to wear the suit due to a lower body injury. The move helps both teams as Dallas now has a little more room to lock up some of their younger players.
The stories behind the target songs for Rangers and Lightning [ESPN]
The use of “Goons” has coincided with a historical string of successes for Lightning, including back-to-back Stanley Cups. [Nick Brown, lead singer of the band Nova] We can’t help but notice.
“You made me a fan. Before they started using my song, they didn’t have the records in their possession. I attribute it all to the song,” he said with a laugh. “And since hockey teams and fans are superstitious, they probably won’t change that anytime soon. .”