NYR
51-24-7
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38-36-8

Stepan leads Rangers past Bolts for fifth win in row

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 23; Road Game No. 14 Rangers' Record: 15-5-3
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Derek Stepan had a tiebreaking goal and added an assist, helping the Rangers extend their winning streak to five with a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

Stepan, who took a shot off his left ankle in Thursday's 5-3 win over Carolina, gave the Blueshirts a 3-2 lead on a low slot rebound goal with 3:19 left in the game. Brad Richards scored an empty-netter in the final minute.

The Rangers also got goals from Ruslan Fedotenko and Artem Anisimov. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 shots.

Steve Downie and Tom Pyatt scored for the Lightning, who have lost five of seven. Mathieu Garon made 32 saves.

Tampa Bay went ahead 2-1 when Pyatt scored from the low left circle with 2:18 left in the second. Anisimov made it 2-2 at 6:16 of the third after a Tampa Bay defensive zone turnover.

Fedotenko tied it at 1 at 6:38 of the second with an in-close backhander off a pass from Richards. Both were key members of Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup championship team, which was coached by current Rangers coach John Tortorella.

Downie put the Lightning up 1-0 from the high slot 84 seconds into the game.  The contest was penalty-free until Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina received an elbowing minor with 7:35 to go in the third.

PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The Blueshirts' 33 points through 23 games to start the season is the most since they recorded 34 points in 23 games (16-5-2) to begin the 1993-94 Stanley Cup championship season.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Stepan 2. Anisimov 3. McDonagh


THE BIGGER PICTURE
You know an NHL team is playing well -- really, really well -- when you get to the point where you can no longer envision them losing a game. That's where these Rangers are at now with the best winning percentage (.717) in the entire NHL. Enough said.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (28:29)
Shots -- Anisimov (5)
Hits -- Girardi, Callahan (6)
Blocks -- Girardi (4)
Takeaways -- Anisimov (3)
Faceoffs -- Richards (25)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP AT TAMPA BAY
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ruslan Fedotenko Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin Brian Boyle John Mitchell
Sean Avery Brandon Dubinsky Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Michael Sauer
Jeff Woywitka Steve Eminger
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Fedotenko, Richards, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Callahan/Boyle Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Stepan/Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Dubinsky/Anisimov Brian Boyle
Ruslan Fedotenko Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Michael Sauer
Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:24TBL Steve Downie (3) ASST: Steven Stamkos (11), Teddy Purcell (10) 1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
06:38NYR Ruslan Fedotenko (4) ASST: Brad Richards (12), Ryan Callahan (8) 1 - 1 Tie
17:42TBL Tom Pyatt (2) ASST: Dana Tyrell (2), Nate Thompson (3) 2 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
06:16NYR Artem Anisimov (3) ASST: Derek Stepan (10) 2 - 2 Tie
16:41NYR Derek Stepan (5) ASST: Artem Anisimov (12), Ryan McDonagh (8) 3 - 2 NYR
19:34NYR EN - Brad Richards (10) ASST: Ryan McDonagh (9) 4 - 2 NYR
Three Stars of the Game
Derek Stepan
1st
Derek Stepan
C
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:35
Tom Pyatt
2nd
Tom Pyatt
C
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 13:34
Victor Hedman
3rd
Victor Hedman
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 23:20
Penalty Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
12:25TBL Pavel Kubina  Elbowing against  Derek Stepan
16:58NYR Ryan Callahan  Hooking against  Vincent Lecavalier
19:49TBL Steve Downie  Hooking against  Marian Gaborik
shots by period
PeriodNYRTBL
1st910
2nd137
3rd149
Total3626
Team Stats
CategoryNYRTBL
Power Plays0/20/1
Hits2613
Faceoff Wins3429
Giveaways1210
Takeaways513
Blocked Shots109
Penalty Minutes24
  • NY RANGERS
  • TAMPA BAY
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
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5D. GirardiD0022028:29
6J. WoywitkaD000009:52
8B. PrustL000108:04
10M. GaborikR0003018:08
16S. AveryL000005:28
17B. DubinskyC001209:45
19B. RichardsC1114020:21
21D. StepanC1114017:35
22B. BoyleC0002015:37
24R. CallahanR0122221:19
26R. FedotenkoL1002019:43
27R. McDonaghD0221027:53
34J. MitchellC0002013:41
38M. SauerD0001019:18
42A. AnisimovC1115016:12
44S. EmingerD0001011:04
62C. HagelinL0003013:16
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist2426.92360:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2E. BrewerD0013022:47
4V. LecavalierC00-12017:53
7B. ClarkD00-11015:59
9S. DownieR1002216:15
11T. PyattC10-14013:34
12R. MaloneL00-11015:47
13P. KubinaD00-12214:48
14B. ConnollyR000009:54
16T. PurcellR0111013:20
19D. MooreC00-10014:31
22R. ShannonR0001013:34
26M. St. LouisR00-20021:27
42D. TyrellC01-10012:01
44N. ThompsonC01-12012:51
47M. BergeronD00-23019:51
77V. HedmanD0003023:20
91S. StamkosC0100019:10
97M. GilroyD00-11021:40
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
32M. Garon3235.91459:07