The Lightning took control of the game in the opening minutes courtesy of a Pat Maroon goal and never fell behind in a 4–1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 4.
Star forwards Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos scored a goal each, while winger Ondrej Palt was also a force to be reckoned with, with one goal and two assists.
This marked the third game in a row in which Kucherov scored a goal and it was also his sixth during that stretch.
Furthermore, goaltender Andrei Vasilevsky proved to be a brick wall in the net as he faced 33 of 34 shots.
Vasilevsky did not miss a goal until Artemi Panarin scored on the rebound in the final period with only 3:33 remaining.
The slow start has affected Lightning throughout the series, but this was not the case in Game 4.
At just 2:38 into the competition, Maroon began the scoring as he drove home a rebound on defenseman Zack Bogosian's opening shot.
Bogosian went over the net with a graceful move, fully bare Rangers defenseman Justin Braun, and put the puck on goaltender Igor Shesterkin to set up Maroon's tally.
Courtesy of Kucherov Lightning will add a goal in the second period. The Tampa Bay winger faced Shesterkin single-handedly and ripped a low shot into the back of the net.
Palat was the star of the play, as he hit a brilliant pass to set up a breakaway over a rope off Kucherov from center-ice.
At the beginning of the third period, the Palat would once again execute its will. During a scuffle on the boards, Palt overtook Rangers forward
Micah Zibnejad and skated the puck into the face-off circle, where he got a big shot. Shesterkin blocked the shot, but Stamkos netted a juicy rebound.
It proved to be a tale of two cities during the Eastern Conference Finals as this victory gives the Lightning an 8–1 record at home during the post-2022 season.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 2-7 away at Madison Square Garden during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
he Eastern Conference Finals are now 2-2 as the series returns to New York for Thursday's deciding Game 5.