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Drury records hat trick as Rangers top Lightning

Nov 7, 2008 - 5:34 AM By Larry Fleisher PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Captain Chris Drury recorded his second career hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots as the New York Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2, on Thursday.

Ryan Callahan and defenseman Marc Staal also tallied and Nikolai Zherdev added a pair of assists for New York, which has won all three meetings with Tampa Bay this season. The teams opened the campaign with a two-game series in Prague, Czech Republic.

Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who have lost two straight following a three-game winning streak.

Drury's huge night helped the Rangers bounce back from sub-par showings against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and the New York Islanders two nights ago at home.

The loss to the Islanders was highlighted by an awful showing on the power play, which saw the Rangers allow two shorthanded goals. The Rangers, who have allowed five shorthanders, entered this one with a power-play unit that ranked 29th in the league.

"We're aware of it daily," Drury said of the struggles on special teams. "There are reminders of it everywhere, certainly the other night with two shorthanded goals (against). It doesn't get worse than that. It was nice to bounce back and get on the board tonight."

On Thursday, the Rangers excelled with the man advantage, going 3-for-8.

"We put a twist into part of our power play, which obviously caught our opponent off-guard," Rangers coach Tom Renney said.

The Rangers opened the scoring on Callahan's power-play tally with 3:51 remaining in the period. Drury doubled the advantage with the team's first shorthanded goal on a breakaway with 5 1/2 minutes to go in the second.

After getting goaltender Mike Smith to sprawl out in the crease, Drury went to his right and fired the puck into the vacant net.

"I had a breakaway against him in Prague, and one last year against Dallas, and I shot both times," Drury said. "When I was going in, I was thinking, 'I'm not shooting, I'm 0-for-2.' I wanted to make a move and see what was going to happen."

St. Louis halved the deficit just over four minutes later, but Drury's power-play tally 35 seconds into the third restored the two-goal lead.

Ryan Malone beat Lundqvist with a wrist shot at 7:58 to draw Tampa Bay within 3-2. However, the Rangers answered 29 seconds later, when Staal ripped a slap shot through traffic and past Smith.

Drury capped his impressive effort with a empty-netter with 28 seconds left.

"We know full well that he's a timely goal-scorer, and he scored big ones," Renney said. "This was a big night for us. It wasn't just one, it was three. Without Chris in our lineup, we'd still be out there."

The final goal came after the Smith got frustrated with Aaron Voros and was given penalties for high-sticking and slashing.

"It's my job to stop the puck, and I definitely think the emotions got the better of me there," said Smith, who stopped 30 shots.

Despite the loss, Tampa Bay coach Barry Melrose was pleased with the effort.

"It was great," Melrose said of his team's comeback attempts. "We played hard, coming from behind and battling. The last two periods, we outshot them and outchanced them."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 0 1 1 2
    NY RANGERS 1 1 3 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) RYAN CALLAHAN 5 (NIKOLAI ZHERDEV, MICHAL
    ROZSIVAL) 16:09
    2ND PRD: NYR - (SH) CHRIS DRURY 3 (UNASSISTED) 14:23
    TAM - MARTIN ST. LOUIS 3 (VACLAV PROSPAL, MAREK MALIK) 18:36
    3RD PRD: NYR - (PP) CHRIS DRURY 4

    Nov 6 9:40 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 2
    NY RANGERS 5
    3RD PRD: NYR - (PP) CHRIS DRURY 5 (DMITRI KALININ, MICHAL ROZSIVAL)
    19:32

    Lightning 2, Rangers 5  3rd - 0:28Nov 6 9:39 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 2
    NY RANGERS 4
    3RD PRD: NYR - MARC STAAL 1 (NIKOLAI ZHERDEV, AARON VOROS) 8:27

    Lightning 2, Rangers 4  3rd - 11:33Nov 6 9:11 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 2
    NY RANGERS 3
    3RD PRD: TAM - RYAN MALONE 3 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, MARK RECCHI) 7:58

    Lightning 2, Rangers 3  3rd - 12:02Nov 6 9:10 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 1
    NY RANGERS 3
    3RD PRD: NYR - (PP) CHRIS DRURY 4 (SCOTT GOMEZ, WADE REDDEN) 0:35

    Lightning 1, Rangers 3  3rd - 19:25Nov 6 8:56 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 0 1 1
    NY RANGERS 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) RYAN CALLAHAN 5 (NIKOLAI ZHERDEV, MICHAL
    ROZSIVAL) 16:09
    2ND PRD: NYR - (SH) CHRIS DRURY 3 (UNASSISTED) 14:23
    TAM - MARTIN ST. LOUIS 3 (VACLAV PROSPAL, MAREK MALIK) 18:36
    SHOTS ON GOAL:

    Nov 6 8:37 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 1
    NY RANGERS 2
    2ND PRD: TAM - MARTIN ST. LOUIS 3 (VACLAV PROSPAL, MAREK MALIK) 18:36

    Lightning 1, Rangers 2  2nd - 1:24Nov 6 8:32 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 0
    NY RANGERS 2
    2ND PRD: NYR - (SH) CHRIS DRURY 3 (UNASSISTED) 14:23

    Lightning 0, Rangers 2  2nd - 5:37Nov 6 8:26 PM
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    Lightning 0, Rangers 1  2nd - 15:03Nov 6 8:13 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 0 0
    NY RANGERS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) RYAN CALLAHAN 5 (NIKOLAI ZHERDEV, MICHAL
    ROZSIVAL) 16:09
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAM 9 9
    NYR 12 12
    GOALIES: TAM - MIKE

    Nov 6 7:45 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 0
    NY RANGERS 1
    1ST PRD: NYR - (PP) RYAN CALLAHAN 5 (NIKOLAI ZHERDEV, MICHAL ROZSIVAL)
    16:09

    Lightning 0, Rangers 1  1st - 3:51Nov 6 7:39 PM