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game recap

Lightning 5, Rangers 3

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:36 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning 5, Rangers 3
New York Rangers 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 5

The heroes have been changing every night for the Tampa Bay Lightning, but one thing has remained constant. The team keeps on winning.

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Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists, Ryan Malone added a pair of power-play goals and Mike Smith made 15 saves to tie a career-high four-game winning streak as the Lightning beat the overmatched New York Rangers 5-3 Wednesday night.

Tampa Bay improved to 6-2-1 at home and has won a season-high five consecutive games, marking the team’s first such streak since Nov. 7 to Nov. 16, 2007.  The victory moved the Lightning into a tie for fourth in the Eastern Conference and just four points behind division-leading Washington. Tampa Bay travels to the nation’s capital for a matchup with the Capitals on Friday.

“It’s a win, and it’s five in a row,” Stamkos said. “We take pride in that.”

Victor Hedman added his first of the season and Brett Clark also scored for the Lightning, who won for just the second time in the last nine against the Rangers. The win helped Tampa Bay move out to 5-1-1 against Atlantic Division opponents this season.

Henrik Lundqvist spotted Tampa Bay a commanding five-goal lead through two periods, including three that came with the man advantage, while the Lightning limited New York to just seven shots in the first 40 minutes.

“For the first two periods, we played great,” Stamkos added. “We came out strong.”

Despite the victory, Tampa Bay was not pleased with its third period effort, allowing three goals in a span of 15 minutes to Steve Eminger, Brian Boyle and Derek Stepan.

“We weren’t happy with the way that third period went,” Smith said. “We sat back and let them come at us. They’re a good hockey team, so they’re going to capitalize on some chances.”

Hedman’s slap shot from just inside the blue line at 16:56 added the Bolts’ fifth of the night, and Eminger got the Rangers’ first on the board with a rebound to open the third period.

Boyle cut the deficit to three with seven minutes remaining, adding a shorthanded goal after Sean Avery received an instigator penalty following a scuffle with Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund.

Stepan scored with the man advantage at 18:56 to close the gap to two.

“We gave up everything they got,” Smith added. “If we had just played the way we did through two periods, they wouldn’t have had that many. We have to play our game through 60 minutes, not just 40.”

Tampa Bay opened scoring at 7:06 on the power play. After Lundqvist stopped a flurry of chances in front of the net, Malone whacked one home from the top of the crease on a third attempt.

He added his second of the night with the man advantage when he wristed in a rebound from the low slot four minutes before the first horn sounded.

Ryan Malone has been working extremely hard,” Head Coach Guy Boucher said. “he kept on battling and making sure, so I’m pretty happy he has had his stick on the ice.”

Stamkos stretched the lead to three after finishing off an odd-man rush. As Martin St. Louis brought the puck up into the zone, he found Steve Downie with a pass along the left circle. Downie waited, pulled back, and found the league’s leading goal scorer streaking down the left side before he broke to the crease and chipped in his 21st of the season past Lundqvist.

Clark made it 4-0 when he cashed in Tampa Bay’s third power-play goal of the night with a deflection of Steve Downie’s slap shot from the high slot. Clark tipped the puck before it bounced off Lundqvist’s shoulder and eluded the net minder’s swipe of the glove as it crossed the goal line at 11:05.

The Rangers’ loss was just the second in the team’s last five games on the road.

“I don’t think we played as hard as we needed to,” New York forward Brandon Dubinsky said. “It’s tough.”

scoring summary
1st Period
07:06
TBL
PPG - Ryan Malone (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Steven Stamkos (16), Martin St. Louis (20)
1 - 0 TBL
15:37
TBL
PPG - Ryan Malone (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Steven Stamkos (17), Teddy Purcell (10)
2 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
04:53
TBL
Steven Stamkos (21) Wrist shot - ASST: Steve Downie (9), Martin St. Louis (21)
3 - 0 TBL
11:05
TBL
PPG - Brett Clark (5) Slapshot - ASST: Steve Downie (10), Teddy Purcell (11)
4 - 0 TBL
16:56
TBL
Victor Hedman (1) Snap shot - ASST: Mattias Ritola (2), Sean Bergenheim (6)
5 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
03:58
NYR
Steve Eminger (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Derek Stepan (8)
5 - 1 TBL
12:51
NYR
SHG - Brian Boyle (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Marc Staal (3), Brandon Prust (6)
5 - 2 TBL
18:56
NYR
PPG - Derek Stepan (5) Slapshot - ASST: Marian Gaborik (6), Michael Del Zotto (5)
5 - 3 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:05
NYR
Ryan Callahan  Holding against  Martin St. Louis
14:47
NYR
Derek Boogaard  Hooking against  Nate Thompson
2nd Period
07:52
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Boarding against  Blair Jones
08:34
TBL
Ryan Malone  Interference against  Henrik Lundqvist
08:34
NYR
Henrik Lundqvist  Diving against  Ryan Malone
10:08
NYR
Marc Staal  Roughing against  Sean Bergenheim
13:31
TBL
Blair Jones  Holding against  Michael Del Zotto
3rd Period
05:13
TBL
Adam Hall  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:26
NYR
Sean Avery  Misconduct (10 min)
11:26
NYR
Sean Avery  Fighting (maj) against  Mattias Ohlund
11:26
NYR
Sean Avery  Instigator against  Mattias Ohlund
11:26
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Fighting (maj) against  Sean Avery
14:59
NYR
Brandon Prust  Elbowing against  Mike Lundin
17:57
TBL
Dominic Moore  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:26
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
20:00
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Slashing against  Victor Hedman
20:00
TBL
Victor Hedman  Slashing against  Brandon Dubinsky
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
7-8-1
SA: 34TOI: 59:01
Saves: 29EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 2PP: 14 - 17
SV%: .853SH: 1 - 1
Mike Smith
SA: 20TOI: 59:59
Saves: 17EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .850SH: 1 - 2