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After Henrik Lundqvist stole the show in Game 4, the New York Rangers need to keep the physical, nasty, structured play going in Game 5.

By Robby Sabo After two-games of such pure, unadulterated skill from the Tampa Bay Lightning, Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers came up with another one of their signature statement games.

In fact, it was the lone game of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs that allowed Blueshirts faithful to actually enjoy a Rangers win. No one-goal affair in Game 4, it was New York early and often, finishing the Lightning 5-1 on their own home ice.

From the get-go, it was apparent what the Rangers strategy was. They decided they couldn’t get in the run and gun nature of play head coach Jon Cooper preaches. That type of game yielded 12-goals in two games against Lundqvist and company.

Instead, a nasty, physical and structured defensive format was decided as the ticket for success in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Perhaps nothing represented what the Rangers were after more than Kevin Hayes' game.

Early on, he and Tyler Johnson got into it, and then he provided a little love top to Johnson's wrist as a reminder.

This is the one aspect of New York's game that can ruin the transitional speed and sniping game of Tampa.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]