NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Tampa Bay
(Friday, November 27th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, NY Rangers 1
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Mike Smith stopped 26 shots to help the Tampa Bay Lightning rout the New York Rangers, 5-1, at St. Pete Times Forum.
Kurtis Foster scored twice while Martin St. Louis added three assists for the Lightning, who had dropped three of four coming into the game.
"It was a really solid effort from everyone tonight," said Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet. "We had a lot of energy and you could tell there was a lot of bounce in their steps. We had some guys step up tonight and it was a good effort.
Henrik Lundqvist started in net but was pulled after giving up four goals on 22 shots. Steve Valiquette finished the contest between the pipes and was charged with one goal on nine shots for the Rangers, who had won their previous two. Ryan Callahan scored the lone goal for New York.
It was the first game for Rangers head coach John Tortorella against Tampa Bay since being fired by the Lightning following the conclusion of the 2007-08 campaign. He spent seven seasons behind the bench for Tampa Bay and guided the team to four playoff appearances, including a Stanley Cup title in 2003-04.
"It was a group failure," said Tortorella. "Coming off a game against Florida where we played one of our better games, this was probably our worst game we played all year long."
Tampa got on the board just 6:54 in as St. Louis flung a pass from the deep right boards to the right circle where Steven Stamkos' wrister beat Lundqvist to the far side.
Skating on the power play late in the first, the Lightning took a 2-0 lead as Foster's one-timer from the top of the right circle sailed past the glove of Lundqvist with just 35.2 seconds left in the frame.
Tampa extended its lead to 3-0 at the 8:05 mark of the second period. Stamkos skated the puck to the left circle and flung it down low to St. Louis, who passed it out front to set up a wrister by Steve Downie that found the back of the net.
Paul Szczecuhra's chip shot from the right circle went off a Ranger in front of the net and got past Lundqvist with 7:35 left in the second to give the Lightning a 4-0 lead and chase Lundqvist from the net.
Foster's second goal of the game off a right circle faceoff win at the 8:24 mark of the third put Tampa ahead 5-0.
Callahan's backhander from the low left side with 2:07 left in the game spoiled Smith's shutout bid.
Play was delayed for several minutes early in the first period when a panel of glass along the boards was cracked by a shot...The Rangers play in Pittsburgh for the start of a home-and-home set on Saturday...Tampa plays in Dallas on Saturday...The Rangers took all four meetings last season...Tampa went 2-for-2 on the power play while New York failed to score on either of its two chances.
11/27 23:30:37 ET