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Richards delivers again as Rangers rally for OT win

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 52; Home Game No. 25 Rangers' Record: 34-13-5
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Brad Richards scored 2:37 into overtime to give the Rangers a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden

Rangers forward Brian Boyle tied it at 10:13 of the third period, pouncing on a loose puck and driving it past Mathieu Garon. The last half of the period was a fast-paced flurry of hits, scoring opportunities and saves.

Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-best 36th goal of the season in the first period and added an assist for Tampa Bay, which has lost three of four.

Derek Stepan scored and had an assist for the Rangers, who lead the Eastern Conference and have taken points in six of their last seven games.

On the game-winning goal, Richards rushed in to the left of Garon as Artem Anisimov carried the puck up the middle. He passed off, and Richards had to lunge forward to score, winding up on his knees as the puck went in, giving the Rangers a win in a game they led for less than a minute, though they outshot Tampa Bay 31-17.

Bruno Gervais put the Lightning up on the power play at 12:26 of the second after the teams scored three goals in 75 seconds early in the period.

The Rangers tied it when Ryan Callahan converted on the power play 4:33 into the period, and Stepan gave the Rangers the lead at 5:27. It lasted all of 21 seconds.

Vincent Lecavalier was stopped on the doorstep by Martin Biron, but the goalie had to venture out past the left post and Callahan filled the net, making him a target for Lecavalier to bounce the puck off of and in to tie the game. 
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STATS OF THE GAME
Brad Richards' overtime goal was his team-high, seventh game-winning goal (tied for second in the league) of the season, and his second career overtime, game-winner (first since his rookie season in 2000-01). The Rangers’ .702 win% through 52 games is the team’s best start in 39 years, when the 1972-73 Blueshirts began the season with a 35-13-4 record (.712 winning percentage), and is tied as the second best start in franchise history.

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. Boyle 2. Richards 3. Callahan


THE BIGGER PICTURE
If this had been a playoff game, all those who saw it would probably be remembering it for years to come. Well, guess what? Playoff games often look just like this. The Blueshirts are proving in February that they have what it takes to get big wins in the spring.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- McDonagh (26:04)
Shots -- Boyle, Mitchell (4)
Hits -- Eminger (5)
Blocks -- Gaborik, McDonagh (3)
Takeaways -- Three players tied (1)
Faceoffs -- Boyle (15)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. TAMPA BAY
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Brandon Prust
Carl Hagelin John Mitchell Ryan Callahan
Mike Rupp Brad Richards Ruslan Fedotenko
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Marc Staal Steve Eminger
Goaltenders: Martin Biron, Henrik Lundqvist
Starting Lineup: Biron, Staal, Eminger, Dubinsky, Boyle, Prust.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky John Mitchell Ryan Callahan
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Brad Richards
Ryan McDonagh Anton Stralman
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ruslan Fedotenko Artem Anisimov
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Marc Staal
Scoring Summary
1st Period
18:56TBL Steven Stamkos (36) ASST: Brett Connolly (5), JT Wyman (4) 1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
04:33NYR PPG - Ryan Callahan (18) ASST: Michael Del Zotto (20), Derek Stepan (24) 1 - 1 Tie
05:27NYR Derek Stepan (11) ASST: Dan Girardi (15), Marian Gaborik (18) 2 - 1 NYR
05:48TBL Vincent Lecavalier (21) ASST: Teddy Purcell (17), Matt Gilroy (14) 2 - 2 Tie
12:26TBL PPG - Bruno Gervais (4) ASST: Steven Stamkos (24), Martin St. Louis (34) 3 - 2 TBL
3rd Period
10:13NYR Brian Boyle (5) ASST: Carl Hagelin (12), Anton Stralman (7) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
02:37NYR Brad Richards (17) ASST: Artem Anisimov (18), Michael Del Zotto (21) 4 - 3 NYR
Three Stars of the Game
Brian Boyle
1st
Brian Boyle
C
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:50
Brad Richards
2nd
Brad Richards
C
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 14:37
Ryan Callahan
3rd
Ryan Callahan
RW
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 19:54
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:50NYR Brandon Dubinsky  Slashing against  Martin St. Louis
2nd Period
04:22TBL Ryan Shannon  Hooking against  Carl Hagelin
04:53NYR Brandon Prust  Roughing against  Victor Hedman
04:53TBL Victor Hedman  Roughing against  Brandon Prust
11:40NYR Steve Eminger  Tripping against  Dominic Moore
3rd Period
03:05TBL Dominic Moore  Roughing against  Ruslan Fedotenko
07:31TBL Brendan Mikkelson  Cross checking against  Mike Rupp
OT Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodTBLNYR
1st410
2nd1011
3rd39
OT01
Total1731
Team Stats
CategoryTBLNYR
Power Plays1/21/3
Hits1337
Faceoff Wins2726
Giveaways67
Takeaways23
Blocked Shots2116
Penalty Minutes86
  • TAMPA BAY
  • NY RANGERS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2E. BrewerD00-10022:22
4V. LecavalierC1005022:16
7B. ClarkD00-20021:08
9S. DownieR00-10016:34
11T. PyattC0000018:49
13P. KubinaD0002022:18
14B. ConnollyR011103:52
16T. PurcellR0100016:52
19D. MooreC0002216:20
22R. ShannonR00-10214:25
26M. St. LouisR01-10023:19
27B. GervaisD10-13011:12
29B. MikkelsonD0000210:58
34J. WymanR011006:01
44N. ThompsonC0000017:48
77V. HedmanD0001227:02
91S. StamkosC11-13022:12
97M. GilroyD0120010:49
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
32M. Garon2731.87162:37
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4M. Del ZottoD02-11020:26
5D. GirardiD0121026:02
8B. PrustL0011217:00
10M. GaborikR0113020:04
17B. DubinskyC0002218:42
18M. StaalD0010018:19
19B. RichardsC10-13014:37
21D. StepanC1111021:26
22B. BoyleC1014015:50
24R. CallahanR10-23019:54
26R. FedotenkoL00-1005:55
27R. McDonaghD0012026:04
32A. StralmanD01-11017:59
34J. MitchellC0004012:02
42A. AnisimovC0113018:28
44S. EmingerD0000212:59
62C. HagelinL0111014:41
71M. RuppL000105:14
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
43M. Biron1417.82462:37