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Lightning vs. Rangers 2015 results: Tampa Bay ties series with 6-2 win

The Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers are now tied 1-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have tied things up in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers, winning Game 2 of the series, 6-2. The first game in the series between the Lightning and Rangers was a tense goalie duel which the latter team wound up winning, 2-1. You could more accurately describe the second game as an ugly brawl.

Of course, it was a whole lot uglier for the Rangers. They couldn't keep themselves out of the penalty box and despite out-shooting the Lightning, they ultimately allowed multiple power play goals and did little to help Henrik Lundqvist. It was a close game into the second period, but the Rangers were ultimately punished for sloppy play as the Lightning took a big lead and didn't look back.

It was a rough beginning for Tampa Bay, with both Brian Boyle and Jason Garrison going off for penalties within the first five minutes of play. Despite this, Tyler Johnson managed to get a shot off and past Lundqvist to give them a shorthanded goal and an early 1-0 lead. Shortly after the goal, Brenden Morrow went off for high sticking and that's where the Rangers finally got on the board.

On their third power play attempt, Chris Kreider managed to get one past Ben Bishop to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period. The game didn't get any cleaner from there -- seven penalties were called in the opening frame alone. After another three players went off -- Kreider and Derek Stephan from New York and Ryan Callahan of Tampa Bay -- the Lightning were on a 4-on-3 power play and Johnson found the back of the net again, giving the Lightning a 2-1 lead.

Derick Brassard also went off for a penalty prior to the end of the first half, though that one didn't result in another score.

The second frame saw Johnson score his third goal of the night to give Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead eight minutes into said frame. From there it was looking like the Lightning might run away with it, but when Cedric Paquette went off for an interference penalty at 13:42 in the period, New York took advantage and got back within a goal on the back of a Derek Stepan score.

With a tight 3-2 game heading into the third period, New York needed to play a clean frame to come out on top. That didn't happen, as Alex Killorn managed a goal for Tampa Bay three minutes into the period. Four minutes in, Derick Brassard went off for high sticking and the Lightning notched another power play goal, with Steven Stamkos putting it in the net to make it a 5-2 game. Yet another power play for Tampa Bay with under three minutes remaining led to yet another goal, making it a 6-2 game.