The Tampa Bay Lightning have officially clawed their way back into the Eastern Conference Final.
The Lightning took control of the game in the opening minutes courtesy of a Pat Maroon goal and never trailed in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 4.
Star forwards Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos registered one goal apiece, while winger Ondrej Palat was also a force with a goal and two assists.
It marked the third consecutive game in which Kucherov scored a goal and it was also his sixth point during that stretch.
In addition, goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy proved to be a brick wall in net, as he stopped 33 of the 34 shots that he faced.
Vasilevskiy didn't surrender a goal until Artemi Panarin scored on a rebound with just 3:33 remaining in the final period.Slow starts have plagued the Lightning throughout the series, but that wasn't the case in Game 4.
Just 2:38 into the contest, Maroon opened the scoring as he flipped home the rebound on an initial shot from defenseman Zach Bogosian.
Bogosian drove to the net, completely undressed Rangers defenseman Justin Braun with a beautiful move, and put the puck on goaltender Igor Shesterkin to set up Maroon's tally.
It has proved to be a tale of two cities during the Eastern Conference Final as this win gives the Lightning an 8-1 record at home during the 2022 postseason.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 2-7 away from Madison Square Garden during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.The Eastern Conference Final is now tied 2-2 as the series shifts back to New York for Thursday's pivotal Game 5.