只有五支球队曾连续三届赢得斯坦利杯, 最后一个是纽约岛人队，他们几乎赢得了四场 40 几年前，但如果闪电希望完成这样的壮举, they’ll first have to defeat the Rangers in the conference finals.
Here’s a brief look at each team going into the conference final.
NEW YORK RANGERS
之一 “The Original Six,” the New York Rankers have won four Stanley Cups with the most recent being in 1994 when Mark Messier scored the game-winning goal late in the second period to defeat the Vancouver Canucks.
Despite making 60 playoff appearances, New York has seemingly struggled – missing the playoffs altogether three of the last four seasons and failing to advance past the qualifying round in 2020.
The Rangers last made a Stanley Cup appearance in 2014 but lost in five games to the Los Angeles Kings who earned their second championship in franchise history.
但 2022 feels different.
The Rangers finished second in the Metropolitan Division, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games to advance to the second round where they bested the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.
New York has won six straight at home and will open their series against the Lightning with two games at Madison Square Garden.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Lightning rarely strikes twice, but what about three times?
Tampa Bay is on a quest to win three straight Stanley Cup titles after winning their first in 2020 when the pandemic caused the season to be placed on hold and then just 10 几个月后, winning their second.
在过去 10 季节, the Lightning has made eight playoff appearances including two conference finals and three finals – resulting in two championships.
After posting a 51-23-8 记录, Tampa Bay advanced to the playoffs this season where they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 before going on to sweep the Presidents Trophy winner Flordia Panthers.
The Lightning will take on the Rangers at home but after playing their last game on May 23, a home-ice advantage might mean very little to the well-rested champions.
游戏 1 – June 1: Lightning at Rangers, 8 下午. 和
游戏 2 – June 3: Lightning at Rangers, 8 下午. 和
游戏 3 – June 5: Rangers at Lightning, 3 下午. 和
游戏 4 – June 7: Rangers at Lightning, 8 下午. 和
*游戏 5 – June 9: Lightning at Rangers, 8 下午. 和 (TBD)
*游戏 6 – June 11: Rangers at Lightning, 8 下午. 和 (TBD)
*游戏 7 -六月 14: Lightning at Rangers, 8 下午. 和 (TBD)