Following the Lightning victory in game six of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena, the Tampa Bay Lightning greeted the New York Rangers warmly.

The Tampa Bay Lightning's tragedy for the Rangers occurred during their 20th season finisher challenge in 40 days.

Basically, it was just too much hockey played in a short period of time for a young team like the Blueshirts.

Gallant answered immediately with a "absolutely" when asked whether exhaustion played a role in the lack of offense. They have a strong defense. They actually box you out and make it difficult for you.

Gallant went on. "Our forwards were fighting to get there, and weariness is to blame. I have no doubts about that.

A Rangers leader echoed the thoughts of his coach. "Guys got worn out. There is a lot of hockey played in a short period of time.

Jacob Trouba gave a statement. Also, hockey is physically demanding. Many brave players played through injuries while putting their careers on the line. I'd say the guys were feeling it.

"The playoffs can occasionally be a battle of wits, and I believe the break ultimately served us well. Early on, it didn't, but the lengthy series suffered from no layoffs. These contests, which are 2-1 and 3-2, are all quite close. They sacrificed everything for us.Lightning coach Jon Cooper