Tempers are high as the Eastern Conference Finals head back to Tampa.
Toward the finish of the Lightning’s 3-1 win over the Rangers on Thursday night in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden, the clench hands started flying.
Bolts skipper Steven Stamkos and Rangers forward Alexis Lafreniere jawed at each other behind Igor Shesterkin’s net prior to dropping the gloves.
Stamkos and Lafreniere weren’t the only pair to engage in some post-buzzer shenanigans.
Tampa Bay’s Erik Cernak and Rangers defenseman Adam Fox received two minutes apiece for slashing one another, while Blueshirts center Ryan Strome also earned a pair for slashing Cernak.
Losers of three straight, frustrations are boiling over for the Rangers, who must win Saturday’s Game 6 in Tampa to keep their season alive.