Steven Stamkos' two goals propel Lightning to Stanley Cup Final: 'We deserved to win the game'

The veteran center stepped up in Saturday night’s Game 6 Eastern Conference final win against the New York Rangers.

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) moves the puck against the New York Rangers during the second period in Game 6 of the NHL's Eastern Conference finals Saturday, 유월 11, 2022, 탬파, Fla.

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) moves the puck against the New York Rangers during the second period in Game 6 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals Saturday, 유월 11, 2022, 탬파, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

먼저, Stamkos broke the game open with his eighth goal of the playoffs in the second period.

But the Rangers tied the game in the third period on Frank Vatrano’s goal on an assist from forward Andrew Copp.

더 많은 스포츠 범위를 보려면 여기를 클릭하십시오. .

약 21 여러 스크럼으로 이어지는, Stamkos struck again.

Stamkos got his second score past New York goaltender Igor Shesterkin on assists from Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat to put Tampa Bay up 2-1 약 6:30 to play in the game, and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy held down the victory.

LIGHTNING BEAT RANGERS 2-1, ADVANCE TO STANLEY CUP FINAL

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, 센터, celebrates a goal against the New York Rangers with Jan Rutta, 권리, and Ondrej Palat during the second period in Game 6 of the NHL's Eastern Conference finals Saturday, 유월 11, 2022, 탬파, Fla.

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, 센터, celebrates a goal against the New York Rangers with Jan Rutta, 권리, and Ondrej Palat during the second period in Game 6 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals Saturday, 유월 11, 2022, 탬파, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

I obviously was a little disappointed in myself for taking the penalty. … It’s easy to say now, 그러나, 몇 가지 이유, I wasn’t as rattled as I usually am in those situations,” Stamkos said. “I was just confident in our group that we would find a way, whether it was in regulation or was in overtime. We deserved to win the game. That was the feeling we had from puck drop.

지금, Tampa Bay is off to its third consecutive Stanley Cup Final.

It’s going to be tough to get out of the moment and look back and realize what a special group we have here because there’s still some games to be played,” Stamkos said. “You’re still not at the end of our goal, 그러나, in saying that, this group is pretty amazing and pretty special.

Stamkos gave Shersterkin credit for keeping the Rangers in the game. Shesterkin had 29 saves in the loss.

Shesterkin was unbelievable. He made some unbelievable saves to keep them in it, but I think I just felt kind of a calming presence because of the group,” Stamkos added.

코리 페리, 왼쪽, and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate after defeating the New York Rangers 2-1 게임 내 6 to win the Eastern Conference at Amalie Arena June 11, 2022, 탬파, Fla.

코리 페리, 왼쪽, and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate after defeating the New York Rangers 2-1 게임 내 6 to win the Eastern Conference at Amalie Arena June 11, 2022, 탬파, Fla. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay will play the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final. 경기 1 is set for Wednesday night at 8 오후. 과.

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