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New York Rangers 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 1: Post Game Notes

February 11th, 2013 at 10:40 PM
By PJ Foti

The New York Rangers are finally hitting their stride as they've put up back-to-back convincing victories. The Blueshirts defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 Sunday at Madison Square Garden without most of the scoring coming from their top three forwards.

The latter part may be the most important for New York as the team's first four goals weren't scored by either Rick Nash, Marian Gaborik or Brad Richards.

Secondary scoring, coupled with a fantastic display of goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist led to the victory that raised the Rangers above .500 for the first time this season. The team now sits at 6-5-0 (12 points).

The loss was the fourth in a row for the Lightning, and their second of the season to the Rangers.

Carl Hagelin lit the lamp twice, while Ryan Callahan and Aaron Asham each added one before Nash scored the team's final tally with nine seconds remaining in the game.

"That's what we needed in the beginning," Hagelin said of the secondary scoring. "Our first line was scoring all of our goals, and you're not going to win like that. It's important for every guy to chip in."

Aside from the secondary scoring, the team's game plan was altered as the Rangers continuously threw pucks on net. Previously, they waited for the perfect shot and came up empty more often than not.

The team had 32 shots on goal, 15 of which came in the first period, and the puck found the back of the net more than it had all season.

Maybe it's taken the team 11 games, but they seem to be turning a corner, and the Rangers are riding high heading into a matchup with the Boston Bruins, Tuesday.

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Sorry for the delay, but the blizzard really slowed down progress on this article.

Tags: Aaron Asham, Brad Richards, Carl Hagelin, Henrik Lundqvist, Hockey, Marian Gaborik, New York, New York Rangers, NHL, Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan, Tampa Bay Lightning

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