NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Tampa Bay|
(Saturday, January 1st)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 2, NY Rangers 1 (OT)
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Nate Thompson scored 19 seconds into overtime as
the Tampa Bay Lightning took a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at St. Pete
In the extra session, Dana Tyrell caught up to the puck in the deep left
corner and threw it out front. The disc was slowed down by a sliding New York
defender, but it had enough on it to get to the right side where Thompson
slammed it home for the win.
"It was an exciting feeling," said Tyrell on the goal. "He's set up my goals
this year and I was lucky enough to set him up for once. It kind of squeaked
through the defenseman and he was able to get it in."
Tyrell scored in the first period off an assist from Thompson for the
Lightning, winners in four of their last five games.
Cedrick Desjardins, who made 27 saves in a 4-1 win over Montreal on Thursday
in his NHL debut, stopped 34 shots to earn the victory.
"I was in the zone and once we start the game I just go with it," said
Desjardins. "The team did a real good job in letting me see the puck and
getting any rebounds out of the way."
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31-of-33 shots to take the tough-luck loss for the
Rangers, who had won their previous two coming into the contest.
New York pulled Lundqvist late in the game for the extra attacker and was able
to tie it as Dan Girardi sent a pass from the right boards to the front where
a wide open Marian Gaborik wristed it between the pads of Desjardins with 46
seconds left in regulation.
"It was a big point to get," said New York head coach John Tortorella. "We
stayed with it and were able to stay patient and tie it up. But this is going
to get tougher and tougher as the season moves on."
Tyrell scored with 6:57 left in the first to give Tampa the lead. He skated
with the puck down the right wing and tried to stickhandle across the
goalmouth, but lost control of the puck. However, it still fooled Lundqvist
and slid into the net for a 1-0 lead.
Desjardins stopped seven shots in the first period then turned aside 13 in the
middle stanza. Lundqvist kept pace in the second by stopping all 15 shots he
faced to keep it a one-goal game.
The Rangers play in Florida on Sunday...Tampa plays in Washington on
Tuesday...The Lightning have taken all three matchups with the Rangers this
season...Lightning forward Steven Stamkos had a four-game goal scoring streak
snapped...After the game, the Lightning acquired goaltender Dwayne Roloson
from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Ty Wishart.
01/01 23:28:54 ET