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St. Louis scores game-winner as Lightning top Rangers

Sep 26, 2008 - 2:26 AM NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Martin St. Louis snapped a tie 4:36 into the third period as the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied for a 4-2 preseason victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday.

St. Louis' backhanded shot from close range sailed over goaltender Stephen Valiquette's glove to put the Lightning on top for the first time in the game. It was their second tally in a span of 2 minutes, 18 seconds, as free-agent acquisition Ryan Malone tied the contest at 2-2 by converting a breakaway chance just over two minutes into the third.

Chris Gratton also scored and Evgeny Artyukhin added an empty-net goal as Tampa Bay improved to 3-1-0 this preseason. Top overall pick Steven Stamkos had a pair of assists and defenseman Matt Carle set up three goals for the Lightning.

Lauri Korpikoski scored his second goal of the preseason less than eight minutes into the second period to give the Rangers a 2-1 edge. Acquired from Columbus during the offseason, Dan Fritsche recorded his first two points by scoring at 8:58 of the first period and setting up Korpikoski's tally.

Karri Ramo posted his second win of the preseason by stopping 45 shots. He made 17 saves in each of the first two periods before turning aside 11 shots in the third.

The Lightning were without new captain Vincent Lecavalier, who has practiced but been held out of action following offseason shoulder surgery. Vaclav Prospal and Gary Roberts also sat out for Tampa Bay, which will next will play an exhibition game in the Czech Republic against Eisbaren Berlin on Sunday.



Valiquette stopped 21 shots as the Rangers fell to 1-4-0. Two of the losses have been to Tampa Bay.

The Rangers rested most of their regulars, including offseason acquisitions Nikolai Zherdev and Markus Naslund. Scott Gomez, Chris Drury and Brandon Dubinsky also sat out, as did defensemen Marc Staal, Michal Rozsival and Paul Mara.

New York will host New Jersey on Saturday before heading to Switzerland to take on SC Bern on Tuesday.

The Rangers and Lightning open the regular season with a two-game set from October 4-5 in Prague.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 1 0 3 4
    NY RANGERS 1 1 0 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - DAN FRITSCHE 1 (PAT RISSMILLER, DMITRI KALININ) 8:58
    TAM - CHRIS GRATTON 1 (RADIM VRBATA, MATTHEW CARLE) 11:37
    2ND PRD: NYR - LAURI KORPIKOSKI 2 (DAN FRITSCHE, DAN GIRARDI) 7:56
    3RD PRD: TAM - RYAN MALONE 1 (STE

    Sep 25 9:38 PM


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    TAMPA BAY 4
    NY RANGERS 2
    3RD PRD: TAM - (EN) EVGENY ARTYUKHIN 1 (STEVEN STAMKOS, MATTHEW CARLE)
    19:41

    Lightning 4, Rangers 2  3rd - 0:19Sep 25 9:36 PM


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    TAMPA BAY 3
    NY RANGERS 2
    3RD PRD: TAM - MARTIN ST. LOUIS 2 (MATTHEW CARLE, MICHEL OUELLET) 4:36

    Lightning 3, Rangers 2  3rd - 15:24Sep 25 9:07 PM


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    TAMPA BAY 2
    NY RANGERS 2
    3RD PRD: TAM - RYAN MALONE 1 (STEVEN STAMKOS, ANDREW HUTCHINSON) 2:18

    Lightning 2, Rangers 2  3rd - 17:42Sep 25 9:02 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 1 0 1
    NY RANGERS 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - DAN FRITSCHE 1 (PAT RISSMILLER, DMITRI KALININ) 8:58
    TAM - CHRIS GRATTON 1 (RADIM VRBATA, MATTHEW CARLE) 11:37
    2ND PRD: NYR - LAURI KORPIKOSKI 2 (DAN FRITSCHE, DAN GIRARDI) 7:56
    SHOTS ON GOAL:

    Sep 25 8:40 PM


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    TAMPA BAY 1
    NY RANGERS 2
    2ND PRD: NYR - LAURI KORPIKOSKI 2 (DAN FRITSCHE, DAN GIRARDI) 7:56

    Lightning 1, Rangers 2  2nd - 12:04Sep 25 8:18 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 1 1
    NY RANGERS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - DAN FRITSCHE 1 (PAT RISSMILLER, DMITRI KALININ) 8:58
    TAM - CHRIS GRATTON 1 (RADIM VRBATA, MATTHEW CARLE) 11:37
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAM 8

    Sep 25 7:45 PM


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    TAMPA BAY 1
    NY RANGERS 1
    1ST PRD: TAM - CHRIS GRATTON 1 (RADIM VRBATA, MATTHEW CARLE) 11:37

    Lightning 1, Rangers 1  1st - 8:23Sep 25 7:33 PM


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    TAMPA BAY 0
    NY RANGERS 1
    1ST PRD: NYR - DAN FRITSCHE 1 (PAT RISSMILLER, DMITRI KALININ) 8:58

    Lightning 0, Rangers 1  1st - 11:02Sep 25 7:24 PM