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Lightning 2, Rangers 8

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning 2, Rangers 8
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, New York Rangers 8

Vincent Lecavalier is in the zone.

The Lightning captain extended his consecutive-games points streak to five on Tuesday, tallying his 13th goal of the season against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

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With three goals and four assists in that span, his teammates appeared to have taken notice.

Alex Tanguay scored for the second time in three games and Steve Downie recorded an assist, despite a tireless effort in an 8-2 loss to New York.

Tanguay’s goal was his fifth point in as many games, while Downie earned his third point in his last four.

New York, winners of two straight, got three goals in the first period from Brandon Dubinsky, Vaclav Prospal and Chris Drury.

Marian Gaborik matched a career-high four assists and Matt Gilroy added a pair of helpers for the Rangers, who scored a minimum of six goals for the second straight game at home.

Both clubs each hit the post twice in the first period, but after scoring the game’s first goal just two times in their last 13 games at home, Dubinsky opened scoring for the Rangers just 1:26 into the first period with his third goal in two games and his first of the season on the power play.

“We just tried to disrupt their puck handling. They’ve got some good players when they get set up in their zone so we just tried to take that away from them,” Dubinsky said. “We knew we had to get going, we’ve got a lot of veterans on our team, but I think we just stepped it up tonight.”

Prospal extended the lead at 7:05, finishing off a 2-on-1 break by slipping a backhand past Lightning net minder Antero Niittymaki. The goal marked New York’s eighth unanswered tally dating back to its last game on Jan. 17 in a 6-2 win over Montreal.

“Lundqvist made a heck of some saves and they got a power play goal and scored on a 2-on-1. That’s something we’ve got to correct,” Tampa Bay head coach Rick Tocchet said.

Lecavalier cut the deficit in half at 17:21 as he backhanded a rebound off a Rangers defender and into the back of the net. He has 10 points in his last nine, including four goals.

New York, however, responded just over a minute later as Chris Drury regained the Rangers’ two-goal lead heading into the second period.

“I think they played a pretty solid game,” Lecavalier said. “When you come off a win like last night you want to back it up, and playing against a team you’re chasing, this was an important game for us. You’ve got to push until the end.”

Tanguay scored with the man advantage in the final minutes of the middle frame, but not before New York got two additional goals from Dan Girardi and Enver Lisin, forcing Niittymaki out of net in favor of Dustin Tokarski who made his second NHL appearance.

Niittymaki made 15 saves on 20 shots against and Tokarski stopped 8 of 11, while their counterpart Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves and earned the Rangers at least a point for the eighth time in his last nine starts.

Marc Staal, Aaron Voros and Christopher Higgins added additional scores in third, as the Rangers won for the fourth time in their last six at home.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:26
NYR
PPG - Brandon Dubinsky (11) ASST: Vinny Prospal (27), Marian Gaborik (29)
1 - 0 NYR
07:05
NYR
Vinny Prospal (9) ASST: Marian Gaborik (30), Marc Staal (13)
2 - 0 NYR
17:21
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (13) ASST: Steve Downie (13)
2 - 1 NYR
18:33
NYR
Chris Drury (8) ASST: Ryan Callahan (15), Erik Christensen (5)
3 - 1 NYR
2nd Period
05:23
NYR
Dan Girardi (5) ASST: Marian Gaborik (31), Michael Del Zotto (18)
4 - 1 NYR
15:39
NYR
Enver Lisin (6) ASST: Matt Gilroy (4), Chris Higgins (7)
5 - 1 NYR
17:09
TBL
PPG - Alex Tanguay (8) ASST: Steven Stamkos (23), Martin St. Louis (42)
5 - 2 NYR
3rd Period
06:04
NYR
Marc Staal (5) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (17), Marian Gaborik (32)
6 - 2 NYR
11:11
NYR
PPG - Aaron Voros (1) ASST: Brian Boyle (2), Sean Avery (14)
7 - 2 NYR
16:32
NYR
Chris Higgins (6) ASST: Wade Redden (7), Matt Gilroy (5)
8 - 2 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
00:10
NYR
Aaron Voros  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
00:10
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Voros
01:18
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Interference against  Ryan Callahan
01:42
NYR
Enver Lisin  Interference against  Brandon Bochenski
2nd Period
01:00
NYR
Michal Rozsival  Slashing against  Vincent Lecavalier
05:52
NYR
Chris Drury  Hooking against  Steven Stamkos
07:30
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Wade Redden
16:50
NYR
Vinny Prospal  Cross checking against  Paul Szczechura
16:50
NYR
Erik Christensen  Hooking against  Brandon Bochenski
3rd Period
10:46
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Holding against  Aaron Voros
10:46
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Misconduct (10 min)
14:28
TBL
Ryan Malone  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Voros
14:28
NYR
Aaron Voros  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Malone
18:15
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Fighting (maj) against  Jeff Halpern
18:15
TBL
Jeff Halpern  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Dubinsky
18:15
TBL
Jeff Halpern  Roughing against  Brandon Dubinsky
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 20TOI: 35:39
Saves: 15EV: 9 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .750SH: 4 - 4
Dustin Tokarski
SA: 11TOI: 24:21
Saves: 8EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .727SH: 0 - 0
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
22-15-6
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .913SH: 0 - 0