NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Tampa Bay
(Tuesday, November 25th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 2, Tampa Bay 0
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Jussi Markkanen made 36 saves to post his second shutout of the season and seventh of his career, leading the New York Rangers to a 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Jed Ortmyer and Mark Messier scored 95 seconds apart during a dominating first period for the Rangers, who were coming off what was perhaps their best effort of the season during a 6-2 pounding of Ottawa on Sunday.
Markkanen, who has started three of New York's last four games in place of injured starter Mike Dunham, made the two first-period goals stand up, denying 14 shots in each of the final two periods as New York killed off five penalties during that span.
Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 24 shots in the losing effort for Tampa Bay, which lost for just the third time in regulation this season (11-3-3-1).
The Rangers completely dominated the first period, finally taking the lead late in the stanza with two goals in a 1:35 span. Staked with a man advantage due to a bench minor by the Lightning, Messier tipped in a point shot from Alexei Kovalev with just over three minutes to play in the opening period.
Ortmyer scored his first career goal moments later when Eric Lindros' pass from behind the net found the youngster wide open in front. Ortmyer's first shot was denied by Khabibulin, but his second attempt found its way past the netminder for a two-goal lead.
New York held the 2-0 lead after the first stanza, outshooting Tampa Bay by an astounding 20-8 margin.
The Lightning turned the tide in the middle period but still couldn't reduce the deficit. Markkanen's 14 saves, including a stop on Martin St. Louis' breakaway attempt, helped keep the Rangers lead at 2-0 after two periods of play.
New York called upon Markkanen to keep the Lightning off the scoreboard in the third period as well. Tampa Bay failed to beat the goaltender despite two early power-play opportunities. Late in the third period, the Lightning went on the power play and pulled the goaltender, playing with a two-skater advantage for two minutes. The Rangers and Markkanen still kept them from finding the back of the net to preserve the shutout.
Lindros was playing in his second game since returning from an eye injury...Messier missed New York's win over Ottawa after playing in the outdoor alumni game in Edmonton on Saturday...Kovalev has 13 assists this season...Tampa Bay finished 0-for-6 with the man advantage, while the Rangers scored on 1-of-3 opportunities...The Lightning fell to 8-2-1-1 at home this season...Tampa Bay has not scored in 148 minutes and 32 seconds of action.
11/25 21:47:08 ET