NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, March 25th (All times eastern)
New York Rangers (39-20-11) at Tampa Bay Lightning (37-28-5), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers try and put the brakes on a two-game losing streak this evening when they wrap up a brief two-game road trip against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum.
On Friday, the Rangers lost to the Florida Panthers, 3-2, in a shootout at BankAtlantic Center.
The two teams were tied 1-1 after two shooters each when Jaromir Jagr's backhander sailed wide of the net, giving Olli Jokinen a chance to win the game. The Florida captain took advantage of the opportunity as he skated in on Rangers goaltender Kevin Weekes, faked to his right, and waited for the five- hole to open up before firing the puck through it, ending the game.
Jagr scored his 50th goal of the season, and Petr Sykora also netted for the Rangers, who picked up a point and now lead the idle Philadelphia Flyers by one point for the Atlantic Division lead.
Weekes kept the Rangers in the contest by making a handful of big saves in the third period, stopping 40- of-42 shots in all.
New York, which will host Buffalo on Tuesday, is 17-12-5 away from home this season.
The Lightning, meanwhile, have won three of their last four games. On Thursday, Pavel Kubina scored the game-winner just 37 seconds into overtime, as Tampa Bay defeated Washington, 4-3, at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Ruslan Fedotenko had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who are tied with New Jersey for the sixth playoff spot in the conference standings.
Vincent Lecavalier scored his 33rd goal of the season, tying the game in the third period, while Brad Richards added three assists. John Grahame recorded 27 saves.
The Lightning went 3-for-5 on the power play Thursday and have tallied with the man advantage in five consecutive games.
Tampa will visit Carolina on Monday.
The Rangers have won two of three from the Lightning this season, but have dropped four of six and five of the last eight matchups. New York has also lost three of five and four of seven in Tampa.
03/25 10:21:42 ET