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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.
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.
|PPG - Brandon Dubinsky (11) ASST: Vinny Prospal (27), Marian Gaborik (29)|
1 - 0 NYR
|Vinny Prospal (9) ASST: Marian Gaborik (30), Marc Staal (13)|
2 - 0 NYR
|Vincent Lecavalier (13) ASST: Steve Downie (13)|
2 - 1 NYR
|Chris Drury (8) ASST: Ryan Callahan (15), Erik Christensen (5)|
3 - 1 NYR
|Dan Girardi (5) ASST: Marian Gaborik (31), Michael Del Zotto (18)|
4 - 1 NYR
|Enver Lisin (6) ASST: Matt Gilroy (4), Chris Higgins (7)|
5 - 1 NYR
|PPG - Alex Tanguay (8) ASST: Steven Stamkos (23), Martin St. Louis (42)|
5 - 2 NYR
|Marc Staal (5) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (17), Marian Gaborik (32)|
6 - 2 NYR
|PPG - Aaron Voros (1) ASST: Brian Boyle (2), Sean Avery (14)|
7 - 2 NYR
|Chris Higgins (6) ASST: Wade Redden (7), Matt Gilroy (5)|
8 - 2 NYR
|Aaron Voros Fighting against Zenon Konopka|
|Zenon Konopka Fighting against Aaron Voros|
|Vincent Lecavalier Interference against Ryan Callahan|
|Enver Lisin Interference against Brandon Bochenski|
|Michal Rozsival Slashing against Vincent Lecavalier|
|Chris Drury Hooking against Steven Stamkos|
|Steve Downie Roughing against Wade Redden|
|Vinny Prospal Cross checking against Paul Szczechura|
|Erik Christensen Hooking against Brandon Bochenski|
|Zenon Konopka Holding against Aaron Voros|
|Zenon Konopka Misconduct|
|Ryan Malone Fighting against Aaron Voros|
|Aaron Voros Fighting against Ryan Malone|
|Brandon Dubinsky Fighting against Jeff Halpern|
|Jeff Halpern Fighting against Brandon Dubinsky|
|Jeff Halpern Roughing against Brandon Dubinsky|
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