Tonight, the New York Rangers visited the Tampa Bay Lightning, as they looked to extend their winning streak to three games and dispatch of the Bolts.
The Rangers seemed to come out a bit sluggish to open the game, as the Lightning used their quickness and exploited some weaknesses within the Blueshirts system. Tampa jumped out to an early lead as rookie Nikita Kucherov was given a prime scoring chance and he wasted no time as he put the puck on net and it managed to find it’s way through Henrik Lundqvist, a questionable goal given up by the star netminder. It was Kucherov’s first goal of his young career and we are expecting many more to come. Less than a minute later, captain Martin St. Louis found himself on a partial break and put the puck behind Henrik, making the game 2-0 and the Rangers were in an early hole.
However, for the remainder of the period the Rangers dominated, as they got many scoring opportunities including two powerplays, they did not cash in though.
If it weren’t for the goaltending of Ben Bishop (who made 17 saves in this period) the game would have been heavily in New York’s favor.
It seems as if things got worse from here for the Rangers. Bishop continued to play well if not better, and St.Louis tallied his second goal of the night, making it 3-0.
Despite being on the man-advantage multiple times, New York could not cash in and it seemed they weren’t shooting the puck enough and there were not enough men in front of Bishop which was the only way they were going to score on him.
On the fourth Lightning goal, Brad Richards was furious and rightly so. After being taken down on a clear hooking/tripping call, Teddy Purcell was able to walk free and snipe a shot over the glove of Lundqvist. The third high goal he gave up tonight.
The period ended with Tampa leading the Rangers 4-0.
After two periods of play, we saw Cam Talbot enter the crease for the third, and the expression on Lundqvist’s face on the bench basically summed up the night the Rangers had.
The Rangers buzzed and tried all they could, but they just couldn’t solve the problem that was Bishop, despite their efforts.
To add insult to injury, the Lightning added another goal to the board, as Purcell notched his second of the game on a backhand shot which was roofed over Talbot.
Tampa Bay ended their four-game skid, and defeated the Rangers 5-0, snapping New York’s six-game winning streak on the road.
All in all, New York had plenty of shots and chances to put the puck in the net, but Bishop shut the door and denied them.
The Rangers continue their stay in Florida as they will visit the Panthers on Wednesday night, looking to score some goals in the hopes of avoiding another shutout by an opposing goaltender.
|02:12||TBL||Nikita Kucherov (1) Snap shot – ASST: Teddy Purcell (8), Eric Brewer (5)||1 – 0 TBL|
|03:10||TBL||Martin St. Louis (9) Wrist shot – ASST: Valtteri Filppula (8), Victor Hedman (8)||2 – 0 TBL|
|03:12||TBL||Martin St. Louis (10) Wrist shot – ASST: Valtteri Filppula (9), Andrej Sustr (5)||3 – 0 TBL|
|16:52||TBL||Teddy Purcell (6) Snap shot – ASST: NONE||4 – 0 TBL|
|18:59||TBL||Teddy Purcell (7) Backhand shot – ASST: Martin St. Louis (14), Alex Killorn (10)||5 – 0 TBL|