NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at NY Rangers
(Tuesday, January 19th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 8, Tampa Bay 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Marian Gaborik had four assists, as the New York Rangers continued their recent scoring assault in an 8-2 rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers beat Montreal by a 6-2 margin on Sunday, and followed that with a season-high goal total Tuesday. Eight different New York players scored, including Brandon Dubinsky, Marc Staal, Vinny Prospal and Christopher Higgins, all of whom had a goal and assist apiece.
Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves for the Rangers.
Antero Niittymaki allowed five goals on 20 shots through nearly two periods for the Lightning, while Dustin Tokarski surrendered three goals on 11 shots the rest of the way.
Vincent Lecavalier and Alex Tanguay had the goals for Tampa Bay, which has dropped three of four.
"Their leaders outdid our leaders, their grinders outdid our grinders. Their coaches outcoached us," Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said. "The only thing we did was the bus was on time to get to this game. The bus driver was the best thing we had."
The Rangers used a strong first period to get the jump on the Lightning, as Dubinsky netted a power-play goal only 1:26 into the game. He was standing near the crease and got a feed from Prospal behind the goal line, then stuffed in a rebound chance to get New York started.
"That's how you score goals. It's in front of the net, in the blue, you just have to battle," Lundqvist said. "It's not often when you beat a goalie one- on-one, you have a clear shot. A lot of times, it's deflections in front, it's rebounds."
Prospal's backhander at 7:05 made it a 2-0 game, though Lecavalier got that goal back with 2:39 left in the period. But Chris Drury scored a little more than a minute later to put the Rangers up 3-1 moving to the second period.
Dan Girardi's point shot got through traffic at the 5:23 mark of the middle frame, and when Enver Lisin tallied 10 minutes later, Niittymaki was pulled. Tanguay got a power-play score with a little under three minutes left to pull the Lightning within 5-2 after two periods.
But Staal beat Tokarski stick-side 6:04 into the third, while Aaron Voros' power-play score and Higgins' goal later in the period closed the door on Tampa Bay.
Voros' goal was his first of the year...While the Rangers' eight goals were a season-high, they also allowed eight goals in an 8-3 loss at Pittsburgh on November 28...Matt Gilroy had two helpers for New York.
01/19 23:45:54 ET