Rick Nash

Lightning spoil St. Louis’ return to Tampa Bay


Ryan Callahan scored twice and Steven Stamkos added a goal and two assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the New York Rangers 4-3 Wednesday night.

Tampa Bay improved to 13-0-0 when Callahan scores this season.

“I think he’s pretty excited to play these games and prove to a lot of people how good of a player he really is,” said Callahan’s former teammate, Henrik Lundqvist.

Nikita Kucherov had the other Tampa goal.

The game marked Martin St. Louis’ return to Tampa Bay where he spent 13 seasons winning a Stanley Cup in 2004.

During a TV time out in the first period, the Lightning paid tribute to St. Louis with this video montage:

St. Louis got a mix of cheers and boos throughout the night.

“I was very flattered by the ovation and I wanted to give them the proper thank you,” said St. Louis. “The boos are expected, I understand that, they care, they are great fans and they care.”

Mats Zuccarello, Dan Boyle and Rick Nash had the Rangers goals. Lundqvist made 25 saves in the loss.

Ben Bishop improved to 13-3-2 with a 16 save performance.

Video: Nash with a high hit on Palat


Rick Nash hit Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat with a high hit late in the first period Wednesday night.

Nash was assessed a minor penalty for high sticking and a minor penalty for roughing on the play.

Palat was able to get to the bench on his own.

Ryan Callahan tied the game 2-2 on the ensuing power play.

Report: Perron could be headed to Columbus


On Sunday afternoon it was reported Oilers forward David Perron’s name has surfaced in trade talk.

It appears the Oilers may have found a taker.

TSN’s Aaron Ward is reporting that the Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers have had discussions on a trade, which would see Perron head to Ohio in exchange for center Artem Anisimov.

As Ward points out, both John Davidson and Jarmo Kekelainen were with the St. Louis organization when the Blues selected Perron.

Perron, 26, was the Blues’ first-round pick (26th overall) in 2007. He has 30 goals and 67 points in 99 games since joining the Oilers in a July 2013 trade, which saw Edmonton send Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round pick to St. Louis.

Anisimov, 26, was the Rangers second-round pick (54th overall) in 2006. The center was dealt by New York to Columbus in the Rick Nash trade during the 2011-12 season. Anisimov has two goals and six points in 14 games this season.

Nash, Talbot lead Rangers over the Flyers


Kevin Klein and Rick Nash had the New York goals as the Rangers avoided going four straight without a win blanking the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 Wednesday night.

Cam Talbot made 31 saves for the shutout.

The Rangers held the Flyers to under 10 shots in each of the first two periods.

Post-game both Flyers head coach Craig Berube and GM Ron Hextall were heard voicing their displeasure over a lack of pushback.

Philadelphia has now lost three straight while being out-scored by a 12-6 margin.

Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who was expected to miss the game due to a suspected ankle injury, played nearly 26 minutes registering four shots on goal. Philadelphia defenseman Michael Del Zotto left the game early in the third period with an undisclosed injury.

Steve Mason, who was run over by teammate Braydon Coburn in the final minute of the second period, made 32 saves while seeing his record drop to 3-6-1 on the season.

Video: Nash gives Rangers a two-goal lead

Great puck movement from New York opens the door for Rick Nash and he gives the Rangers a 2-0 lead over the Philadelphia Flyers in the second period.

Nash now has 13 on the season moving him into sole possession of second place among NHL scoring leaders.