Moore pushes Lightning past Rangers in shootout
New York, NY – Dominic Moore scored the lone goal in the 2 victory by the Tampa Bay Lightning over the New York Rangers.
After the Rangers' Brad Richards beat Tampa Bay goaltender Mathieu Garon to the left side but hit the post with his shot, Moore swooped down the right side and ripped a wrister under the glove of Henrik Lundqvist for the game- winning goal.
Marian Gaborik was then denied by Garon's sliding pad save to snap the Lightning's five-game losing streak.
Moore also netted the game-tying goal late in the third period.
Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov lit the lamp for New York, which lost its second straight game.
The Rangers tallied the lone goal of the first period when Callahan took advantage of a power play with a shot from the left circle that sailed over Garon's right shoulder and under the crossbar on the short side at the 7:49 mark.
Ryan Malone tied the game up 11:23 into the second period by intercepting a Rangers pass at the New York blueline, racing into the slot and sending a wrister past the glove of Lundqvist.
But two minutes later, the Rangers streaked down the ice on a shorthanded rush and Anisimov stuffed home a shot from in front off a Michael Del Zotto pass to put New York back on top.
After the goal, Anisimov made a motion with his stick like he was shooting a rifle towards Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier, causing a huge scrum that resulted in multiple penalties.
Tampa Bay came out of the melee with a two-man advantage but could not convert on the opportunity and New York took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
It looked as if the game would end with that score or New York would extend its lead as the Lightning took a late boarding penalty in the third period.
But Moore raced into the offensive zone and sent a backhander from the left side that deflected off the stick of a Rangers player and fluttered over Lundqvist's shoulder on the short side for a short-handed goal with 1:57 left in regulation to force overtime.
The Rangers dominated the extra period, outshooting the Lightning 6-1 and even hitting the post, but New York could not solve Garon to make the shootout necessary.
Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis was hit in the face with a puck during Thursday's morning practice and will be out indefinitely with facial and nasal fractures...Garon stopped 28-of-30 shots, while Lundqvist made 29 saves...Richards had an assist to extend his point streak to seven games.