Dominic Moore scored early in the 3rd period to give the Rangers the lead, and two empty net goals sealed the deal, as New York beat the Lightning in Tampa Wednesday night, 5-2, snapping an eight-game road losing streak. Moore, Dan Boyle, and Viktor Stalberg each had a goal and an assist to lead the Blueshirts.
The team’s last road win was November 21st against the Panthers.
The Rangers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just 1:53 into the game when Boyle redirected a Keith Yandle pass past Ben Bishop for his 5th goal of the season. But the Lightning tied the score late in the 1st period when Jonathan Marchessault scored a power play goal at 16:35.
Mats Zuccarello gave the Blueshirts the lead again just 56 seconds into the 2nd period, scoring his team-leading 16th of the season to make it 2-1. Zuccarello took a nice drop pass from J.T. Miller and shot the puck high, past Bishop’s shoulder and into the net. Tampa Bay tied things up again with just :09 to play in the period, when former Ranger Anton Stralman scored a power play goal. The call on the ice was no goal, but the play was reviewed and Stralman was awarded the goal and it was 2-2.
Moore scored 3:16 into the 3rd period to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead. Stalberg and Rick Nash added the empty-netters.
Henrik Lundqvist was sharp, making 20 saves.
New York’s penalty kill units gave up two power play goals in a game for the 4th time in the last 6 games.
The Rangers [now 21-13-4, 46 pts] play the Panthers Saturday night in Sunrise, FL.