Game 3 Trends
* Teams with a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven hold an all-time series record of 340-53 (.865), including a 3-1 (.750) mark in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* Teams with a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven when starting at home hold an all-time series record of 255-33 (.885), including a 2-1 (.667) mark in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* Teams that take a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven hold an all-time series record of 198-4 (.980), including a 2-0 (1.000) mark in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* Teams that take a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven when starting at home hold an all-time series record of 144-3 (.980), including a 1-0 (1.000) mark in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Game 3 record in a best-of-seven: 34-42 (.447) overall, 12-14 (.462) on the road
Leading 2-0 in best-of-seven: 11-2 (.846) overall, 6-1 (.857) when starting at home
Leading 3-0 in best-of-seven: 5-0 (1.000) overall, 3-0 (1.000) when starting at home
Leading 2-1 in best-of-seven: 18-6 (.750) overall, 9-4 (.692) when starting at home
Game 3 record in a best-of-seven: 20-14 (.588) overall, 7-7 (.500) at home
Trailing 2-0 in best-of-seven: 1-4 (.200) overall, 0-1 (.000) when starting on the road
Trailing 3-0 in best-of-seven: 0-2 (.000) overall, 0-0 (.000) when starting on the road
Trailing 2-1 in best-of-seven: 5-5 (.500) overall, 2-4 (.333) when starting on the road
* The Eastern Conference Final between the Rangers and Lightning moves to AMALIE Arena for Game 3 on Sunday, with New York looking to claim a 3-0 series lead and climb within one win of its 12th Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history.
* The Rangers can become the sixth team in NHL history to take a 3-0 series lead in a best-of-seven against a defending champion, following the Canucks in the 2011 Conference Quarterfinals, Mighty Ducks in the 2003 Conference Quarterfinals, Flyers in the 1995 Conference Semifinals, Canadiens in the 1976 Stanley Cup Final and Red Wings in the 1952 Semifinals.
* The only instance of the Lightning winning a Stanley Cup Playoffs series after facing a 2-0 deficit was in the 2003 Conference Quarterfinals, where Tampa Bay earned four straight victories to stun Washington. The Lightning’s rally opened with Vincent Lecavalier beating Olie Kolzig at 2:29 of extra time in Game 3 followed by Martin St. Louis scoring three straight winning goals, capped by the triple-overtime series clincher in Game 6.
* Mika Zibanejad (9-13—22 in 16 GP) shares the team lead with nine goals this postseason, which includes scoring six during his active seven-game point streak. Zibanejad and co-leader Chris Kreider (9-5—14 in 16 GP) can become the fifth and sixth players in franchise history with a double-digit goal total in a playoff year and first since Wayne Gretzky in 1997 (10-10—20 in 15 GP).
* Chris Kreider (33-20—53 in 96 GP) has scored 33 career playoff goals and needs one to tie Rod Gilbert (34-33—67 in 79 GP) for the most in franchise history.
* Nikita Kucherov (5-12—17 in 13 GP), who leads the Lightning in scoring during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, is three points shy of reaching 20 for a third straight postseason. He can become the ninth different player in NHL history with 20 points in three or more consecutive playoff years and first since Sergei Fedorov, whose run of four straight postseasons ended in 1998.
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