New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals Sunday, June 5, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.

Surprise changes may be in the works

TAMPA BAY — Inside the coach’s office where Gerard Gallant and his staff toil over how best to guide the New York Rangers through yet another elimination game, there’s been an ongoing debate.

Should they keep things the same to show their team there’s no panic? Or make changes to give them a much-needed jolt?

“That’s the fine line,” Gallant said following Saturday’s morning skate at Amalie Arena. “Obviously, we’ve talked about maybe a few lineup changes and see where it goes from there. But we’ve done that all season long, so it’s not a big deal.”

No big deal – except when you consider these decisions could be the difference between the memorable run coming to an end or pushing this Eastern Conference Final to Game 7.

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But regardless of which direction Gallant goes for Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which will begin shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday, his team isn’t sensing any change in his demeanor.

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