NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at NY Rangers
(Sunday, December 7th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, NY Rangers 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Cory Sarich's goal with 11:37 remaining in the third period lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning past the New York Rangers, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden.
Dave Andreychuk and Martin St. Louis also found the net for Tampa Bay, which won for only the second time in its last eight games (2-4-2). John Grahame made 29 saves for the Lightning.
Anson Carter and Greg de Vries tallied goals for New York, which fell to 1-3 in its last four games. Mike Dunham stopped 21 shots for the Rangers.
Sarich's first goal of the season at 8:23 of the third period gave the Lightning a 3-2 advantage. Sarich received a pass from St. Louis above the right circle and uncorked a one-timer that sailed over the glove of Dunham.
The Rangers pulled the goaltender for an extra skater in the final minute, but were unable to get a quality scoring chance.
St. Louis had tied the game 2-2 at 1:26 of the third period. He received a perfect pass from Vincent Lecavalier during a Tampa Bay power play and broke in alone on Dunham. St. Louis then beat the netminder through the legs with a wrist shot for his sixth goal of the year.
Carter opened the scoring 5:39 into the contest, as he re-directed Petr Nedved's shot past Grahame for his seventh goal of the season.
The Lightning tied the game with 7:59 left in the first period. Andreychuk attempted a pass and the puck caromed off the stick of New York defenseman Brian Leetch and past Dunham. It was Andreychuk's fourth tally of the campaign.
The Rangers grabbed a 2-1 lead 49 seconds into the second period when de Vries scored his first goal of the season. Eric Lindros circled around the Tampa Bay net and found de Vries at the point. The defenseman then rifled a shot over the blocker of Grahame.
Tampa Bay was 1-for-3 on the power play, while New York went 0-for-2 with the man advantage...Leetch's point streak ended at seven games...The Lightning have won five of the last eight meetings between the two teams.
12/07 19:39:23 ET