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Boyle's hat trick leads Lightning comeback

Dec 24, 2006 - 5:43 AM
TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- Defenseman Dan Boyle unexpectedly led a stunning comeback by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Boyle recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist - all in the third period - to lead the Lightning to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the New York Rangers.

The eighth-year defenseman tallied the go-ahead goal on a breakaway wrist shot between the pads of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with 8:57 to play, capping a four-goal rally in the final session.

"I gotta tell you the hat trick feels sweet," Boyle said. "But coming back like we did and not quitting is even better."

Vincent Lecavalier tied the contest, 3-3, as he rifled a slap shot over Lundqvist's shoulder at the 5:56 mark of the final session.

"It was a big night for us," Lecavalier said. "Anytime you can comeback like that, it's huge."

The Rangers looked strong in the first two periods. Martin Straka, Blair Betts and Aaron Ward netted goals for New York to build a 3-0 advantage heading into the final session. "It's definitely disappointing," Straka said. "You want to put a team away when you have the opportunity and we haven't been able to do that."

Lightning coach John Tortorella replaced goaltender Marc Denis with Johan Holmqvist to start the third period.

Denis made 13 saves and Holmqvist stopped all 12 shots he faced for Tampa Bay, which was 2-for-6 on the power play.

"I thought (Holmqvist) was outstanding," Tortorella said. "His whole demeanor in the net was so strong."

Boyle started the Lightning's comeback with a power-play goal 62 seconds into the final session. His second tally came just 1:27 later to bring Tampa Bay within 3-2.

"This team just has shown a lot of resolve and knows how to win games no matter when and where we are in the game," Boyle said. "We've proven our determination all season and shown how much we can overcome."

Lundqvist made 22 saves for New York, which was 1-for-4 with the extra skater.

"I am upset even though there were a couple of deflections on those goals," Lundqvist said. "The last goal, I have to take care of and didn't."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY RANGERS 2 1 0 3
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 4 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) MARTIN STRAKA 18 (BRENDAN SHANAHAN, MICHAL
    ROZSIVAL) 16:37
    NYR - BLAIR BETTS 5 (UNASSISTED) 19:07
    2ND PRD: NYR - AARON WARD 3 (MARTIN STRAKA, MICHAEL NYLANDER) 8:17
    3RD PRD: TAM - (PP) DAN BOYLE 6 (BRAD RI

    Dec 23 10:06 PM


  • NHL
    NY RANGERS 3
    TAMPA BAY 4
    3RD PRD: TAM - DAN BOYLE 8 (UNASSISTED) 11:03

    Rangers vs. LightningDec 23 9:45 PM


  • NHL
    NY RANGERS 3
    TAMPA BAY 3
    3RD PRD: TAM - (PP) VINCENT LECAVALIER 21 (DAN BOYLE, RYAN CRAIG) 5:56

    Rangers vs. LightningDec 23 9:37 PM


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    NY RANGERS 3
    TAMPA BAY 2
    3RD PRD: TAM - DAN BOYLE 7 (BRAD RICHARDS, NIKITA ALEXEEV) 2:29

    Rangers vs. LightningDec 23 9:32 PM


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    NY RANGERS 3
    TAMPA BAY 1
    3RD PRD: TAM - (PP) DAN BOYLE 6 (BRAD RICHARDS, JOHAN HOLMQVIST) 1:42

    Rangers vs. LightningDec 23 9:31 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY RANGERS 2 1 3
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) MARTIN STRAKA 18 (BRENDAN SHANAHAN, MICHAL
    ROZSIVAL) 16:37
    NYR - BLAIR BETTS 5 (UNASSISTED) 19:07
    2ND PRD: NYR - AARON WARD 3 (MARTIN STRAKA, MICHAEL NYLANDER) 8:17
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST

    Dec 23 9:07 PM


  • NHL
    NY RANGERS 3
    TAMPA BAY 0
    2ND PRD: NYR - AARON WARD 3 (MARTIN STRAKA, MICHAEL NYLANDER) 8:17

    Rangers vs. LightningDec 23 8:47 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY RANGERS 2 2
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) MARTIN STRAKA 18 (BRENDAN SHANAHAN, MICHAL
    ROZSIVAL) 16:37
    NYR - BLAIR BETTS 5 (UNASSISTED) 19:07
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NYR 9 9
    TAM

    Dec 23 8:16 PM


  • NHL
    NY RANGERS 2
    TAMPA BAY 0
    1ST PRD: NYR - BLAIR BETTS 5 (UNASSISTED) 19:07

    Rangers vs. LightningDec 23 8:16 PM


  • NHL
    NY RANGERS 1
    TAMPA BAY 0
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) MARTIN STRAKA 18 (BRENDAN SHANAHAN, MICHAL
    ROZSIVAL) 16:37 (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Rangers vs. LightningDec 23 8:12 PM