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With their season on the line, the Rangers needed more, and Derrick Brassard delivered a hat trick to force a Game 7 against the Lightning.

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7 goals for #NYR to make game 7 necessary! (Brassard, Yandle, Miller, Sheppard, Brassard, Nash, Brassard)

Rangers avoid elimination to force Game 7

Derek Brassard's hat trick and two assists guided the Rangers to a 7-3 victory over the Lightning in Game 6 as New York improved to 4-0 in elimination games this postseason.


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Who wins Rangers-Lightning Game 7?

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Derick Brassard with a hat trick for Rangers, who force Game 7 with win Last Rangers hat trick in Conference Finals: Wayne Gretzky-- 1997

Final: Rangers 7, Lightning 3

J.T. Miller (1 goal, 3 assists) and Derick Brassard (3 goals, 2 assists) were two of the Blueshirts who continuously lit the lamp, Rick Nash also had a goal and three assists, to force a Game 7 in Madison Square Garden. Box score


Nash gets in on the action

Rick Nash already had three assists on the day but got his first goal of the game midway through the third period. It's his third of the series and fifth of the postseason. Rangers are up 6-2 and Lightning have a 3-2 lead in the series. Follow live

Lightning put one past Lundqvist

Nikita Kucherov scored against Henrik Lundqvist to cut the Rangers' lead to 5-2 in the third period. New York would force a Game 7 with a win. Follow live