The New York Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by the score of 3-2 on Saturday night. The Rangers had come in to this game losing their last game and not having a road win on the season. They wanted to end that tonight and they played a strong game and were able to do so. Marty Biron got his first start in net of the season for the Rangers and played well. The Rangers got some balanced scoring and they were able to play strong defense to shut down Tampa Bays high powered attack.
The Rangers goals were scored by Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Rich Nash. The Rangers were trailing 1-0 in this game before scoring three straight and then enduring a late goal by the lightning but holding on for the 3-2 win.
The first goal of the game was scored in the second period by Steven Stamkos his sixth of the season. The goal was scored at the 4:22 mark of the period, the Rangers were able to tie the game at the 9:50 mark of the second period. The goal was scored by Stepan with assists by Hagelin and Taylor Pyatt. Nash scored at the 3:04 mark of the third period to give the Rangers the 2-1 lead. He was assisted by Brad Richards and Marc Staal. It was a beautiful goal as he went right around the defenseman and made a nice move to the front of the net and slid it past the goaltender. Hagelin scored on a tap in at the 14:47 mark of the third with an assist by Pyatt to make it a 3-1 Rangers lead. Tampa scored their second and final goal at the 19:39 mark of the third. The goal was scored by Stamkos.
The Rangers only took one penalty in the game and the Lightning took two. It was a clean game as all three penalties were in the second period. Biron made 30 saves on 32 shots and got the win and Garon stopped 27 of 30 for the Lightning. The shots were pretty even with Tampa getting two more 32-30.
The Rangers are now 4-4 on the season and the Lightning are 6-2. The Rangers will next play on Tuesday night in Newark, New Jersey against their rivals the New Jersey Devils. It will be the first time they have played since game six of the Eastern Conference finals last season when the Devils knocked the Rangers out of the playoffs.