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Tampa Bay Lightning
New York
Rangers
42-30-10
Tampa Bay
Lightning
44-33-5

26 SOG
41 SOG
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game recap

Lightning 3, Rangers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 3, Rangers 2
New York Rangers 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 3

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Vincent Lecavalier came up big, again.

Lecavalier scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 8:07 left in the third period to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday night.

"He's one of the best players on the ice consistently this year," Lightning coach John Tortorella said.

Lecavalier has 33 goals this season, including a team-high six game-winners.

"We came out with a lot of intensity and we never give up," Lecavalier said. "It's great for our confidence."

Lecavalier's goal from the top of the right circle came after the Rangers were penalized for having too many men on the ice. Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr argued with officials to no avail after the penalty was called.

"It was the right call," New York coach Tom Renney said. "We played the puck. It was unfortunate."

Tampa Bay, which has won 10 of 12, also got goals from Paul Ranger and Brad Richards. Johan Holmqvist made 24 saves.

"That's a team with some serious firepower," Renney said.

Jason Krog and Michael Nylander scored for the Rangers, who have lost six of nine. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots.

It was the Rangers' first game since left winger Brendan Shanahan's comments after a loss to Toronto on Wednesday night in which he called for an end to unfair officiating he feels Jagr endures.

Jagr didn't draw any penalties, which appeared to be correct. He did have an assist.

Tampa Bay, however, got the first four power plays, converting the fourth chance when Richards scored from left circle to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead with 5:54 left in the second. The next two minor penalties were called against Tampa Bay, which resulted in Nylander's tying goal at 18:23 during a 4-on-3 power play.

"It's really tough when you take too many penalties," Lundqvist said. "They're a good power-play team. We beat ourselves. We took too many penalties."

Referees Don Koharski and Craig Spada ended the second by calling two minors against the Rangers.

The Lightning were 2-of-8 with the man advantage. The Rangers converted one of three power-play opportunities, with the final chance coming with 1:41 left.

"It looked like it helped us a lot, the last comment we made," Jagr said.

Krog scored on the rebound after a tough angle shot by Shanahan to put the Rangers ahead 1-0 at 7:31 of the first. Ranger tied it at 1 on a rebound backhander from the high slot at 6:51 of the second.

The Lightning improved to .500 at home with the victory (13-13-0). Tampa Bay's road mark is 16-10-2.

"It's a huge win," Lecavalier said. "We're just playing more simple now and it definitely paid off tonight."

Notes: Lecavalier has scored a goal in three straight games. ... Rangers D Michal Rozsival (knee) missed his second straight game. ... Tampa Bay captain Tim Taylor (flu) didn't play for the third consecutive game.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:31
NYR
Jason Krog (3) ASST: Brendan Shanahan (24), Marcel Hossa (4)
1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
06:51
TBL
Paul Ranger (3) ASST: Dan Boyle (31), Eric Perrin (13)
1 - 1 Tie
14:06
TBL
PPG - Brad Richards (19) ASST: Dan Boyle (32), Martin St. Louis (39)
2 - 1 TBL
18:23
NYR
PPG - Michael Nylander (17) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (44), Karel Rachunek (15)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
11:53
TBL
PPG - Vincent Lecavalier (33) ASST: Martin St. Louis (40), Ryan Craig (12)
3 - 2 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:09
NYR
Jason Krog  Holding
08:55
NYR
Jason Krog  Slashing
13:30
NYR
Aaron Ward  Delay of game
2nd Period
13:43
NYR
Aaron Ward  Hooking
16:24
TBL
Nikita Alexeev  Hooking
18:07
TBL
Paul Ranger  Hooking
18:09
NYR
Brendan Shanahan  Hooking
19:04
NYR
Matt Cullen  Interference
3rd Period
04:29
NYR
Jason Ward  Roughing
04:29
TBL
Nolan Pratt  Slashing
10:46
NYR
Ryan Hollweg  Too many men/ice - bench
13:25
NYR
Matt Cullen  Diving
13:25
TBL
Vinny Prospal  Interference
15:22
NYR
Aaron Ward  Hooking
18:19
TBL
Vinny Prospal  Roughing
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 41TOI: 59:03
Saves: 38EV: 30 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .927SH: 0 - 0
Johan Holmqvist
SA: 26TOI: 59:49
Saves: 24EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .923SH: 5 - 5