Rangers Rally falls short in 5-3 loss to Lightning
New York, NY - The New York Rangers (12-10-1) were able to strike in the third period of play but eventually fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning (13-7-0) by a score of 5-3 in hockey action on Wednesday night. The Rangers were able to net three goals in the third period, but could not come back from a comfortable Lightning lead as Tampa Bay eventually skated away with the win.
Ryan Malone struck for the first two Lightning goals, with both coming on power play opportunities in the first period. Malone was able to net two wrist shots to give Tampa Bay the early 2-0 lead. Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Steven Stamkos made it 3-0 when he netted a wrist shot at the 4:53 mark of the second period.
Tampa Bay made the score 4-0 when Brett Clark cashed in on the third power play opportunity letting off a wicked slap shot at the 11:05 mark. Then the Lighting made it 5-0 when Victor Hedman netted his first goal of the NHL season at the 16:56 mark, letting off a snap shot while also giving the Lighting a very comfortable lead.
New York tried to mount a comeback in the third as they slowly cut the lead. Steve Eminger connected on a wrist shot at the 3:58 mark for the first Rangers goal, as well as his first goal of the season. Then Brian Boyle helped to cut into the lead again netting a short-handed wrist shot at the 12:51 mark. At the 18:56 mark Derek Stephan was able to make the score 5-3 on a power play slap shot.
In spite of the attempted comeback the Lighting lead was just too much to overcome as Tampa Bay eventually skated away with the victory. In the cage for New York Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves, while Mike Smith made 17 saves.
The Rangers Florida road trip will continue as they have a 7:30 p.m. face-off with the Florida Panthers on Friday night.