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Lundqvist stops 36 shots, Brassard gets 3 goals as Rangers beat Lightning 7-3 to force Game 7

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TAMPA, Florida — Derick Brassard had a hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots in another season-saving performance as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 Tuesday night to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals.

PHOTO: New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, stops a shot from Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) as Rangers left wing James Sheppard (45) defends, during the second period of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, stops a shot from Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) as Rangers left wing James Sheppard (45) defends, during the second period of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Brassard also had two assists for the Rangers, who evened the series 3-3 after being shut out in Game 5 at home. Keith Yandle, James Sheppard and J.T. Miller also scored on Ben Bishop, who was pulled with New York leading 5-1 with just under 13 minutes remaining. Rick Nash added a power-play goal against Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Lundqvist was outstanding before giving up a pair of third-period goals to Nikita Kucherov. New York improved to 4-0 in elimination games this postseason, and Lundqvist is 9-1 with his team's season on the line since the start of last year's playoffs.

Game 7 is Friday night in New York.

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PHOTO: New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle, right, celebrates his goal with center Derick Brassard (16) during the first period of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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