TAMPA, Fla. – Nikita Kucherov scored 3:33 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Ondrej Palat had two goals and an assist, and Tyler Johnson, Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning. Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series that continues Friday night at Amalie Arena.
"They've impressed me for a long time, and now they're impressing the world," coach Jon Cooper said of the Lightning. "It's fun to watch."
The winner came about a minute after New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist made a terrific stop on J.T. Brown's breakaway.
"In overtime, everybody's thinking everybody be a scorer," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "Hank had stopped a breakaway right before that, and sometimes things happen."
New York tied it at 5-5 on Dan Boyle's rebound with 1:56 left in regulation. Jesper Fast scored twice, and the Rangers also got power-play goals from Derick Brassard and Ryan McDonagh.
"It was deflating, but at the same time ... we felt like we deserved the game," Johnson said about losing the lead late in regulation.
Johnson, who paced Tampa Bay's 6-2 road victory in Game2 with a hat trick, scored his playoff-leading 12th goal after the Lightning overcame an early 2-0 deficit.
The Rangers also came back after trailing 4-2, with Fast scoring his second goal late in the second period and McDonagh converting a power-play opportunity early in the third.