lightning strikes five times

The Tampa Bay Lightning dominated play from start to finish scoring five unanswered goals defeating the New York Rangers 5-1. The Lightning scored two goals in the opening period and two more in the second. At that point, John Tortorella had seen enough of Henrik Lundqvist (four goals on 22 shots). Steven Valiquette came in and gave up one goal on eight shots. The game was very close to getting out of control at times. There were five roughing penalties, four fighting majors, and three misconducts.

The Lightning played aggressive. That is the style Tortorella likes his Rangers playing. On this night, Tampa Bay beat the Rangers at their own game. This had to be difficult for Tortorella to watch. It was a his first visit back to Tampa Bay, losing to one of his former players in Rick Tocchet. Tortorella won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with the Lightning.

If the Rangers want to get back to their winning ways they will have to score more goals. And they cannot rely on Marian Gaborik to score every time. They need a more balanced attack. In addition, they will need better play out of Lundqvist. Lundqvist will also need help from the young Rangers defense in front of him.


Not only was this John Tortorella’s first trip back to Tampa Bay, but it was Vinny Prospal’s as well.

Michael Del Zotto faced off against longtime teammate Steve Stamkos. Stamkos had one assist and leads the Lightning in scoring. Del Zotto was held off the score sheet, but remains in the top ten in scoring for defenseman in the NHL.

Bobby Sanguinetti made his NHL debut. He was a minus one with one shot on net and almost 15 minutes of ice time.

The Rangers will travel to Pittsburgh to start a home-and-home series with the Penguins. They will play tomorrow and then at MSG on Monday.

The Rangers just completed game three of five over an eight-day span.

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