Rangers rally past Lightning 5-2

NEW YORK (AP) — Erik Christensen scored two goals and added an assist to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-2 win over the Tampa Lightning on Sunday.

Sean Avery, Vinny Prospal and Chris Drury also scored for the Rangers, who head in the Olympic break on a two-game winning streak.

Steven Stamkos and Steve Downie scored for the Lightning, who have lost three in a row following a season-high four-game winning streak.

Trailing 2-0, the Rangers scored four unanswered goals in the second period.

Avery got it started for New York with a goal on a penalty shot at 1:40. Avery skated toward the Lightning net, swinging wide left before lifting a shot over Mike Smith.

Then Christensen took over, scoring twice and setting up another to give the Rangers a 4-2 lead.

With the teams skating four-on-four, Christensen carried the puck behind the Lightning goal before sending it into the slot. Marc Staal had the first swipe before Prospal hammered it home to extend his goal-scoring streak to three games.

Prospal then returned the favor, setting up Christensen for the tally at 12:06 that put the Rangers up 3-2.

Christensen did it all on his second goal, skating two zones to beat Smith to the stick side for an unassisted tally at 13:52.

Henrik Lundqvist, one of the goalies for Sweden in the Olympics, made 27 saves in his final tuneup. He made a key one in the opening seconds of the third period, stopping Stamkos on a breakaway.

Drury closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal for his 250th career tally and 600th point.

Stamkos had a goal and an assist as the Lightning took a 2-0 lead in the first period.

The Lightning opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 15:33 as Stamkos' shot from the left point that appeared to hit a Rangers defender and trickle between the pads of Lundqvist.

For Stamkos, the tally was his team-leading 35th and extended his point-scoring streak to 13 games, tying the team record held by Brian Bradley, Martin St. Louis and Prospal.

Downie deflected a shot from Stamkos at 17:03 to give Tampa Bay a two-goal lead.

NOTES: The Lightning recalled veteran RW Mark Parrish from Norfork (AHL) on Sunday. He had previously played 704 games in the NHL with 216 goals and 169 assists with Florida, the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota and Dallas. ... The Rangers were missing two of their top offensive players, RW Marian Gaborik and D Michael Del Zotto. Both were sidelined with skate cuts. ... Enforcer Jody Shelley, acquired from San Jose on Friday, made his Rangers debut. He filled the role of Donald Brashear, farmed out Saturday to Hartford (AHL). ... Marriage proposals have become commonplace on stadium video boards. A hopeful groom received a rude shock during the second period on Valentine's Day when the prospective bride put a hand over her face and shook her head no, declining the offer before bolting from her seat.