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Lightning 3, Rangers 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning 3, Rangers 2, SO
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, New York Rangers 2
Three Stars of the Game
Dominic Moore
1st
Dominic Moore
C
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 4
+/-: 1TOI: 17:09
Henrik Lundqvist
2nd
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 31TOI: 65:00
GA: 2EV: 24-25
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .935SH: 1-2
Ryan Malone
3rd
Ryan Malone
LW
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 4
+/-: 1TOI: 21:16

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NOTEWORTHY

  • New York's Brad Richards - who assisted on Callahan's goal - has a seven-game point streak. He has nine goals and 10 assists in the last 17 games
  • Dominic Moore ended a 24-game scoreless streak with his first period goal
  • Dominic Moore's shorthanded goal to force overtime with 1:57 left in regulation marks Tampa Bay's first shorthanded goal of the season
  • Both Rangers goals on the night were scored by special teams
  • Eleven penalties in total resulted from the scrum that followed Anisimov's second period short-handed goal for the Rangers
  • The Lightning now lead the NHL with four wins when trailing after the second period this season
  • The Bolts own a 2-2 record in shootouts this season. Both wins have come on the road, with the previous win at Florida on Nov. 6
  • Dominic Moore has scored the deciding goal in four of the Lightning's last five shootout wins, dating back to Jan. 20, 2011. Here’s a run-down of his game-winning SO tallies in 2011: Dec. 8 at NYR, Nov. 6 at FLA, Jan. 21 at FLA, Jan. 20 at ATL. Martin St. Louis owns the other SO winner in a March 9 victory over Chicago
  • Martin St. Louis, who owns the NHL's third-longest active consecutive games played streak (499), missed tonight's game after suffering facial and nasal fractures at the team’s morning skate
  • Steven Stamkos' eight-game point streak, which ended tonight, still remains the NHL's longest active streak by any player this season

Dominic Moore made up for an earlier mistake in a big way.

Moore, whose errant shot during the team's morning skate inadvertently struck teammate Martin St. Louis near the eye resulting in fractures that have him sidelined indefinitely, beat Henrik Lundqvist in the second round of the shootout to help the Tampa Bay Lightning earn a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. Moore skated out wide before coming back in close and wristing a forehand from the right circle past the glove of Lundqvist for the tiebreaker's only goal.

Mathieu Garon stopped all three of New York's attempts in the shootout.

He finished the night with 28 saves for Tampa Bay, which saw its season-high five-game losing skid come to an end.

"There had been a lot of adversity thrown at us in the last little while, and I thought as a team we responded," Moore said. "As a team we came together and played well in a lot of situations. It's one of those games that hopefully we can build some confidence around."

St. Louis was scheduled to skate in his 500th consecutive game for the Lightning, which was good for the NHL's third-longest active consecutive games played streak. He took a backhand from Moore in the face just hours before Thursday's puck drop, and rather than achieve the lauded milestone as anticipated, watched the game from NYU's Medical Center nearby.

"You feel terrible when you hit someone like that," Moore added. "It's just awful, and I just hope he's ok and I look forward to giving him a call."

Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov each had goals for the Rangers, who lost for the second straight time after having their five-game win streak snapped Saturday against Toronto.

Tampa Bay didn't make it easy on itself to start the game.

The Lightning took three separate penalties within the game's first 10 minutes, providing New York with sufficient opportunities to put the game's first goal on the board with the man advantage.

"We're on the road and it's very important to stay out of the box," Lightning assistant coach Dan Lacroix said. "We knew we would have to play them five-on-five."

With Steve Downie off for two minutes after incurring a tripping penalty, Callahan snuck a wrist shot past Garon to open the scoring at 7:49.

Ryan Malone then tied it at one after intercepting Ryan McDonagh's pass at the blue line.

As the Rangers defenseman attempted to maneuver the puck along the boards, he backhanded a pass that ended up right on Malone’s stick. The Lightning forward then skated in all alone through the slot and beat Lundqvist with a wrist shot to the glove side to draw Tampa Bay even at 11:23.

Anisimov broke a 1-1 tie while shorthanded at 13:23 to put New York back up by one, then taunted Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier with an exuberant goal celebration, which prompted a scrum that earned both clubs a combined total of 36 penalty minutes.

After the Rangers forward tapped home a backdoor pass from Michael Del Zotto, he dropped down to one knee and made a shooting motion with his stick, aimed at the Lightning net. Lecavalier took exception, as did Downie, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Steven Stamkos, who went after Anisimov to ignite the fracas.

"I actually didn't see what happened," Malone said. "I just saw Vinny lose it a little bit. But he's our captain and he's a leader, so it was great to see that. I think it got the guys fired up a little bit."

It certainly did.

With the Rangers clinging to a one-goal lead with just two minutes to go, Moore took a pass from Victor Hedman near center ice, and with a defender on his back, skated in wide to the left of Lundqvist before roofing a backhand to tie the game at two with 1:57 left in regulation. Garon made the rally stand up, making two huge saves in the extra frame to keep the game tied and send the contest into a shootout. He stopped Brad Richards from the low slot in the overtime's final seconds, providing the Lightning with the chance to pick up the extra point. The Lightning, 12-14-2, won for just the fourth time in 13 games. New York was again denied from becoming the fifth NHL team to record 2,500 franchise wins.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:49
NYR
PPG - Ryan Callahan (11) ASST: Brad Richards (14), Derek Stepan (12)
1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
11:23
TBL
Ryan Malone (6) ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
13:23
NYR
SHG - Artem Anisimov (5) ASST: Michael Del Zotto (9), Brandon Dubinsky (11)
2 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
18:03
TBL
SHG - Dominic Moore (2) ASST: Victor Hedman (1), Eric Brewer (7)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDNYRTBL
1J. MitchellR. Malone
2B. RichardsD. Moore
3M. Gaborik
penalty summary
1st Period
03:46
TBL
Blair Jones  Interference on goalkeeper against  Henrik Lundqvist
06:33
TBL
Steve Downie  Tripping against  Ruslan Fedotenko
09:51
TBL
Dana Tyrell  Tripping against  Brandon Prust
2nd Period
06:05
NYR
Carl Hagelin  Hooking against  Ryan Shannon
07:16
NYR
Steve Eminger  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Malone
08:53
NYR
Michael Del Zotto  Roughing against  Dominic Moore
08:53
TBL
Dominic Moore  Slashing against  Michael Del Zotto
11:53
NYR
Ryan McDonagh  Hooking against  Steven Stamkos
13:23
NYR
Artem Anisimov  Roughing against  Steve Downie
13:23
NYR
Artem Anisimov  Misconduct (10 min)
13:23
TBL
Steve Downie  Misconduct (10 min)
13:23
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Roughing against  Artem Anisimov
13:23
TBL
Marc-Andre Bergeron  Roughing against  Brandon Dubinsky
13:23
TBL
Marc-Andre Bergeron  Roughing against  Brandon Dubinsky
13:23
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Roughing against  Marc-Andre Bergeron
13:23
NYR
Artem Anisimov  Roughing against  Steve Downie
13:23
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Roughing against  Marc-Andre Bergeron
13:23
NYR
Artem Anisimov  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Steve Downie
13:23
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Artem Anisimov
15:34
NYR
Michael Del Zotto  Roughing against  Dominic Moore
15:34
TBL
Dominic Moore  Slashing against  Michael Del Zotto
3rd Period
01:37
TBL
Tom Pyatt  Hooking against  Marian Gaborik
11:54
TBL
Ryan Malone  Roughing against  Ruslan Fedotenko
16:10
TBL
Ryan Malone  Boarding against  Ryan McDonagh
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
SA: 30TOI: 65:00
Saves: 28EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .933SH: 2 - 3
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
11-5-4
SA: 31TOI: 65:00
Saves: 29EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .935SH: 1 - 2