The New York Rangers remain erratic during the Eastern Conference Final They seemingly had momentum coming off a 5-1 win to tie the series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but a 2-0 loss Sunday night put the Lightning back in control of the series, giving them a 3-2 series lead.
The Lightning's defense stymied the Rangers. Goaltender Ben Bishop had an easy time securing the shutout, thanks to his teammates. He faced 26 shots, but would have faced more if Lightning players hadn't blocked 24 shots on the night.
Valtteri Filppula and Steven Stamkos provided the scoring in the second period. Stamkos assisted Filppula's surgical wrister with 6:31 left in the period, before scoring on a power play tip-in five minutes later. Henrik Lundqvist faced just 22 shots, saving 20.
Bishop staved off several quality Rangers scoring chances late in the game to preserve his second career playoff shutout. The Lightning are on the verge of competing for the Stanley Cup as a result. A win in Game 6 in Tampa Bay will send the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2004, when they won the title.