Late surge gets Rangers by LightningDec 4, 2011 - 4:00 AM
Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for the Rangers, who have won 12 of their last 14 games.
"This was a real good road game. And the best part is how we responded in the third," Lundqvist said.
Steve Downie and Tom Pyatt provided the offense for Tampa Bay, which has dropped three straight and five of seven overall. Mathieu Garon made 31 saves in defeat.
Down 2-1, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan forced a turnover by Tampa Bay defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron in the Lightning zone. Garon turned away Stepan's initial bid, but Anisimov backhanded the rebound home at the 6:16 mark of the third.
"I looked to make a play; it wasn't there. I turn around and get stripped of the puck and they scored," Bergeron said.
Stepan buried a rebound with 3:19 remaining to put the Rangers ahead. Moments later, Callahan went off for hooking -- the lone New York penalty in the contest -- but Tampa Bay couldn't convert on the man advantage.
Richards' empty-netter with 26 seconds left sealed the win.
Downie beat a screened Lundqvist 84 seconds into the game, but Ruslan Fedotenko netted an equalizer off a feed from Richards at 6:38 of the second period.
Pyatt gathered a Dana Tyrell pass in the neutral zone, skated across the blue line and fired a wrister from the left circle past Lundqvist, restoring Tampa Bay's lead with 2:18 to go in the middle frame.
New York has outscored opponents 27-17 in the third period this season...The Lightning were 7-0-0 when leading after two periods...Tampa Bay forward Teddy Purcell picked up his 100th career point with an assist on Downie's goal...The Lightning swept the four-game season series with the Rangers last year.
- NEW YORK: 4
TAMPA BAY: 2
Dec 3 9:36 PM
- NY Rangers Empty Net Goal - Brad Richards (10), at 19:34.
Rangers 4, Lightning 2 3rd - 0:26Dec 3 9:32 PM
- Vincent Lecavalier slap shot on Henrik Lundqvist.
Rangers 3, Lightning 2 3rd - 2:17Dec 3 9:31 PM
- Carl Hagelin shot blocked by Brett Clark.
Rangers 2, Lightning 2 3rd - 12:53Dec 3 9:07 PM
- NEW YORK: 1
TAMPA BAY: 2
End of 2nd
Dec 3 8:40 PM
- Tampa Bay Goal - Tom Pyatt (2), from Dana Tyrell and Nate Thompson at 17:42.
Rangers 1, Lightning 2 2nd - 2:18Dec 3 8:36 PM
- Victor Hedman backhand shot is wide.
Rangers 1, Lightning 1 2nd - 10:56Dec 3 8:17 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
TAMPA BAY: 1
End of 1st
Dec 3 7:46 PM
- Tampa Bay Goal - Steve Downie (3), from Steven Stamkos and Teddy Purcell at 1:24.
Rangers 0, Lightning 1 1st - 18:36Dec 3 7:10 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
TAMPA BAY: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Dec 3 7:08 PM
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