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Lightning seek a victory against Rangers

Dec 23, 2010 - 5:08 PM (Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to get back in the win column tonight, when they visit the well-rested New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The Lightning entered Wednesday's game against the lowly New York Islanders riding a four-game winning streak, but Tampa was dealt an overtime loss at Nassau Coliseum when John Tavares scored for the Isles with 1:37 left in OT.

Ryan Malone scored the lone goal and Dan Ellis finished with 26 stops for the Lightning, who were trying to match their longest winning streak of the season.

"It was a tight checking game and the style of play was playoff-like," said Ellis. "But our intensity was lacking tonight. It was like we were just out there and had no focus."

The Lightning are 9-8-3 as the guest this season and will close this three- game road trip when they visit Atlanta on Sunday.

The Rangers, meanwhile, also had a winning streak snapped their last time out as they were denied a fourth straight win in this past Saturday's loss in Philadelphia. Former Ranger Nikolay Zherdev scored two goals and Brian Boucher made 24 saves to help the Flyers notch a 4-1 victory over the Blueshirts.

Rookie Derek Stepan found the back of the net for New York, which was aiming to win four in a row for the first time since Dec. 17-23 of last season. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 shots in defeat and is expected to get the start again tonight.

"I think that we didn't take care of the puck as good as we needed to. There were too many turnovers," said Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky.

The Rangers will not have star winger Marian Gaborik for tonight's game as he is suffering from a groin injury. Mats Zuccarello was recalled from the Connecticut of the AHL to take Gaborik's spot on the roster.

Tonight marks the first of two straight on home ice for the Rangers, who have won three of their last four as the host and are 8-8-1 at MSG this season.

The Lightning posted a 5-3 win over the Rangers when the clubs met in Tampa on Nov. 24. New York has still taken seven of nine overall in the series and the Lightning have lost three straight and six of their last seven in the Big Apple.