Lightning hang on to beat Rangers 2-1

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In the third, Vincent Lecavalier gave the Lightning the go-ahead goal. With the Rangers down two men, Lecavalier beat Lundqvist for his 15th goal of the year. Vinny continues to play well of late, and it continues to show up on the scoreboard.


The final minutes of the third period were filled with multiple opportunities for Rangers to tie the game, but Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson came up strong, making multiple strong stops to preserve the 2-1 victory for the Lightning.


The good news for the Lightning coming out of this one is that they came away from the game with the victory and the two points. The tough part was that they looked flat at times. As the season moves on however, these are the style of games that a team has to know how to win, and the past two games against the Devils and Rangers have been great learning experiences for this team.


The Lightning will continue the road trip when they head across the river Wednesday night to take on the New Jersey Devils in what will be another huge game for both teams involved.


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The Tampa Bay Lightning finally took their show on the road Sunday for the first time in close to six weeks, traveling to New York to take on the Rangers in a huge game for both teams. The Lightning were looking to expand their lead in the Southeast Division to 5 points, while the Rangers were hoping to grow their lead over the idle 8th place Carolina Hurricanes. The Bolts got the job done, beating the Rangers 2-1 in a low-scoring, tight checking affair; with the win, the Lightning swept the season series 4-0.

Marty St. Louis got the Lightning on the board early in this one, one-timing a Steve Downie pass through the five-hole of Blue Shirts goalie Henrik Lundqvist. For St. Louis, it was his 24th goal of the season.

The Rangers answered back on a somewhat-controversial goal by forward Brandon Prust. Prust had his own rebound bounce in off his skate to tie the game up for the Rangers. The goal went to review and was upheld, as there was no distinct kicking motion.

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