Thompson scores OT winner for Lightning vs. NYR
TAMPA, Fla. – Nate Thompson scored 19 seconds into overtime to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Rangers 2-1 on Saturday night.
Thompson scored from in-close off a pass from the left wing boards by Dana Tyrell.
The Rangers forced extra time when Marian Gaborik tied it from the low slot with 45.6 seconds left in regulation. The right wing entered with just two goals in 10 games.
Tampa Bay rookie Cedrick Desjardins, recalled from Norfolk of the AHL on Dec. 20, made 34 saves to win his second consecutive start.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots for the Rangers, 5-2-1 in their last eight games.
Desjardins earned the win in his NHL debut on Thursday night, beating Montreal 4-1. The 25-year-old rookie allowed a goal 58 seconds into the game on the first shot he faced against the Canadiens, and then stopped 27 shots in that one.
Tyrell also scored for the Lightning, who have won eight of 10. Tampa Bay has won all three games against the Rangers this season.
Lightning center Steven Stamkos didn't record a point, and his four-game goal streak ended in his 200th NHL game. He has 105 goals and 197 points in his career.
Desjardins stopped an in-close shot by Marc Staal during a 2-on-1 rush in the second. He also made a glove save on Brandon Prust's shot from the low left circle with 12:25 left in the third.
Tyrell put the Lightning up 1-0 when he scored a rebound goal off his own shot during a 2-on-1 break at 13:03 of the first. It stopped his 14-game goal drought.
Lundqvist, 13-7-3 against the Lightning, made a pair of saves on backhanders by Ryan Malone during the second period.
NOTES: Tampa Bay D Mattias Ohlund hasn't scored a goal in 100 games, dating to April 7, 2009, against Calgary. ... The Rangers have trailed after one period only eight times this season. ... Thompson assisted on Tyrell's goal for his first point in nine games.