NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Tampa Bay
(Thursday, November 10th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Tampa Bay 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Dominic Moore scored two third-period goals as the New York Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2, at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Jason Ward and Ville Nieminen both notched goals for New York, which has won two straight and four of its last five. Marcel Hossa added a goal and an assist and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves for the Rangers.
Martin St. Louis and Dan Boyle tallied goals for Tampa Bay, which has lost five straight. John Grahame stopped 15 of 19 shots he faced for the Lightning.
New York broke the tie 4:40 into the third period after Ward gathered a rebound and shot it into a gaping net. Blair Betts blasted a slap shot from the left circle but Grahame made a left-pad save. Ward controlled the rebound on the doorstep for the easy score.
The Rangers increased their lead to 3-1 just under three minutes later after Moore deflected a shot from Tom Poti past Grahame. After Poti wristed a shot on goal from the blue line, Moore, who was covered in the slot, got the shaft of his stick on the puck to help get it past Grahame.
"We take pride in the way our lines have been playing," Moore said. "We're focusing on creating energy and making plays at both ends of the rink and it's one of the things where you contribute wherever you can."
The Lightning got back within one with 8:47 left in the third period while on the power-play when Boyle one-timed a slap shot from the left circle through the five hole of Lundqvist to make it a 3-2 game.
"Tonight you could tell from the onset, through our whole team, we fought as far as passing, back checking," Tampa Bay head coach John Tortorella said. "Big time as far as turnovers. It's something we're trying to concentrate on. I don't think we played as poorly in the other losses."
New York re-established a two-goal lead with less than five minutes left in the game after Moore tallied his second goal of the period. Moore picked up a loose puck at the Tampa Bay blue line and skated in uncovered on Grahame. After faking to his backhand, Moore pulled the puck to his forehand and slipped it between Grahame's legs.
The Rangers made it 5-2 with 35.6 seconds remaining in the game after Hossa scored an empty-netter to cap the scoring.
"I don't know if we skated with them all night long, but we worked with them all night long," New York head coach Tom Renny said. "We kept them to the outside and they didn't get many second chances."
The Rangers got on the scoreboard midway through the first period after Nieminen was sent in on a breakaway and he beat Grahame stick side after a deke for the 1-0 lead. Hossa sent a pass into the high slot from the blue line, and Nieminen snatched the puck and went in on Grahame unfettered for his third goal of the year.
Tampa Bay tied the game 5:13 into the second period after St.Louis deflected a shot from Lecavalier that beat Lundqvist. Lecavalier unleashed a wrist shot from the top of the right circle and St.Louis, who was covered in the slot, deflected it past Lundqvist to make it 1-1.
The five-game losing streak is the defending champions' longest since Dec. 9-16, 2003...The Rangers improved to 5-3-1 on the road, while the Lightning fell to 3-4-1 at home...Tampa Bay went 3-1 against New York during the 2003-04 season...Both teams went 1-for-7 on the power play...Tampa Bay outshot New York 25-20...With an assist, Vaclav Prospal now has an eight-game point streak.
11/10 23:03:58 ET