Former Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan scored twice, including the game-winner, leading Tampa Bay to a 5-1 victory in New York Monday night.
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scored his 12th of the season putting him in a tie with Tyler Seguin and Rick Nash for the league lead.
“If you had to write it up before the game, that’s pretty much how you’d like to write it up,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said post-game.
“I really enjoyed my first time back,” said Callahan, who was dealt to Tampa Bay along with a pair of draft picks after spending parts of eight seasons with the Rangers.
Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn had the others for Tampa Bay, who won for the second time in three nights.
Ben Bishop made 15 saves to improve to 11-2-2 on the season. Henrik Lundqvist dropped to 7-5-3 on the season after stopping 25 shots in the loss.
Martin St. Louis had the lone goal for the New York Rangers, who have gone three straight without a win. St. Louis finished with a minus-4 rating in the loss.
New York scored three times less than 15 minutes into the first period and went on to blank the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0 on Tuesday night.
With the loss, the Penguins seven-game win streak is over. Pittsburgh had not lost in regulation in 10 games. With the win, the Rangers avoided losing their third straight.
Mats Zuccarello, Martin St. Louis and Kevin Klein scored first period goals for New York. Penguins coach Mike Johnston called a timeout following St. Louis’ fifth of the season, but could not right the ship.
Derick Brassard added his sixth of the season in the third and Rick Nash scored his league-leading 12th of the season in the third.
“We weren’t ready to compete,” Sidney Crosby said post-game. “That’s really what it came down to.
“We got outworked. It’s not fun having to say that after games. You know you don’t want to be able to say that, but we got outplayed.”
The lone bright spot for the Penguins is defenseman Kris Letang returned to the game in the second period after suffering an undisclosed injury at 11:45 of the first.
Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves for his 53rd career shutout and third against the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots in the loss.
“It’s from the coaches to the players,” Johnston said. “We had to be a lot better prepared in the first 10 minutes than we were.”
The Penguins and Rangers meet again Saturday when New York travels to Pittsburgh.
Steven Stamkos cleanly beat Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard with a top shelf rocket shot early in the second period, but it went in and out of the net so quickly that it initially didn’t count. Play continued, but once they had a chance to review the shot, it became clear that stamkos had netted his 10th goal of the season.
You can see Stamkos’ marker below:
The NHL cited Rule 78.6 as the reason why there wasn’t an immediate stoppage in play to review the goal. It states, “When a team scores an apparent goal that is not seen by the on-ice officials and play continues, the play shall be reviewed by the Video Goal Judge at the next stoppage of play. If the goal is confirmed by video review, the clock (including penalty time clocks, if applicable) is re-set to the time the goal was scored.”
Stamkos is the fourth player to reach the 10-goal mark this season after Corey Perry, Rick Nash, and Tyler Seguin.
The New York Rangers lost a back-and-forth, high-scoring game with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, and New York’s head coach Alain Vigneault wasn’t pleased with a couple of aspects, including the officiating.
The Leafs defeated the Rangers by a final score of 5-4 in a highly entertaining game.
The Leafs jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period, thanks to a power play goal from Phil Kessel and a short-handed goal from Peter Holland. The Rangers actually jumped back into the lead on a beautiful goal from Rick Nash early in the third period, but the Leafs managed to come back and take this one in regulation. Leo Komarov scored the winner. It also counted as his first of the season.
Vigneault wasn’t at all happy and let it be known afterwards.
“A couple, in my opinion, questionable calls there, and they got momentum off it,” Vigneault said of the officiating, as per Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.
“You think four goals on the road is enough to win, it wasn’t enough tonight,” he added, as per TSN 1050.
The Detroit Red Wings overcame two New York Rangers leads, but in the end the Rangers still earned a 4-3 victory in overtime.
Detroit will at least walk away with one point though thanks to a Tomas Tatar’s goal with just 7.7 seconds left in regulation time.
Derick Brassard spoiled the Red Wings comeback though with a power-play overtime marker. With that, the Red Wings have now lost three straight games, although they managed to pick up a point in two of those contests. The Rangers have needed more than 60 minutes to settle their last three games, but this is their first win over that stretch.
It initially looked like this game might be more one-sided as a shot from Brassard bounced off what appeared to be Rick Nash’s gluteus maximus to gave the Rangers an early lead. Although that marker was a case of Nash parking himself in the right place at the right time, he has been on fire this season with 10 goals in just 12 games. Martin St. Louis padded the Rangers’ lead in the second frame.
Nash nearly got his second goal of the night towards the end of the second period, but Jonas Gustavsson made a huge save that kept the Red Wings’ in the contest.
Perhaps more troubling than the loss itself is the fact that Gustavsson might have been hurt himself on the final play of the game. A trainer attended to him after the deciding goal and he appeared to be in pain as he skated off the ice, per MLive’s Ansar Khan.
Jakub Kindl and Daniel Cleary, who was making his season debut, each chipped in his first goal of the season.