Nikita Kucherov's power-play goal at 10:50 of the second period put the Rangers overmatched.

The Lightning outshot the Blueshirts 52 to 30 and won Game 3 3-2.

Despite being outplayed, the Rangers were 41.6 seconds from overtime. Ondrej Palat scored off a Kucherov backhand to tie the series.

Gerard Gallant commented, "They were better tonight." We had a chance to win the hockey game late. We'll move on and prepare for the next one."

What happened to the Rangers? The Lightning intended to hit Igor Shesterkin early and repeatedly to throw him off.

Worked? Not with 49 saves on 52 shots. Tampa took two Shesterkin-related penalties that the Rangers converted. Not a long-term strategy.

Gerard Gallant disapproved of what the Lightning continually did.

He said, "He's unfazed." "I'm more upset than him. It's bad. When we talk to the supervisor tomorrow, perhaps they'll fix it.

This isn't a reason for the defeat. Jacob Trouba's three penalties are blamed for the Rangers' Game 3 loss.

Maybe some could look at how each period's shots grew worse. 15-12TB 18-12 PD2 19-6 PD3 Trouba has three minors. First, interference resulted to Kucherov's second-period goal.

Next, Trouba held Anthony Cirelli 37 seconds into the third quarter. Steven Stamkos then tied the game.

Trouba's third-period trip prevented a Rangers breakaway, so it was a good call.

"Troubs has helped us all year. Adam Fox said, "He's innocent." "Calls come. I don't know about the third one. No one here is blaming Troubs. He still does excellent stuff and had a good, challenging game. True. Next game, he'll be the same.'

Given Trouba's series-changing hits in the playoffs, we can put this one to rest.