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Tampa Bay Lightning 2, New York Rangers 1 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Tampa Bay Lightning 2, New York Rangers 1 FINAL OT
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, New York Rangers 1

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jassen Cullimore knew he had plenty of room to score the winning goal, so he made sure he got plenty on the shot.

Cullimore scored 2:03 into overtime Sunday to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers.

"I saw a lot of net, but I didn't look at it," the defenseman said. "I just shot it as hard as I could."

Rangers goaltender Mike Dunham stopped consecutive shots from Cory Sarich and Cory Stillman, but Cullimore converted the second rebound to Dunham's left.

The goaltender couldn't get across the crease in time to stop Cullimore's second goal of the season. He was impressive, however, stopping 37 of 39 shots.

"It would have been nice to win, but Tampa just kept coming," Dunham said. "The important thing, if there is a positive side, is we got one point. In the old days, you wouldn't have gotten anything. That really would have been a bummer to get nothing."

Alex Kovalev gave New York a 1-0 lead 4:06 into the game with his eighth goal. He sped down the right side of the rink into the Tampa Bay zone and took a wrist shot from the right circle that beat John Grahame high to the left side.

"That was a very good hockey game," said Grahame, who led Tampa Bay to its third consecutive road victory. "Both teams scored early goals, and both teams played well the rest of the way. Fortunately we were able to come out on top."

Tampa Bay tied it 1-1 on Dan Boyle's third goal at 6:37. Fredrik Modin put a sharp angle shot on net from the right corner that bounced off Stillman's skate into the slot, where Boyle swatted the puck past Dunham along the ice inside the right post.

The Rangers are two points behind the Lightning in the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay leads the Southeast Division, and New York is one point behind the eighth-place New York Islanders.

"They're trying to catch us," Stillman said. "Teams that are eight, nine, 10 in the standings, trying to make the playoffs, you're going to see a playoff atmosphere when they meet, with a lot of hitting."

scoring summary
1st Period
04:06
NYR
Alex Kovalev (8) ASST: Bobby Holik (18), Martin Rucinsky (18)
1 - 0 NYR
06:37
TBL
Dan Boyle (3) ASST: Cory Stillman (14), Freddy Modin (12)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
02:03
TBL
Jassen Cullimore (2) ASST: Cory Stillman (15), Cory Sarich (8)
2 - 1 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
07:01
NYR
Jan Hlavac  Tripping against  Cory Sarich
07:58
TBL
Dimitri Afanasenkov  Unsportsmanlike conduct- Coach
12:07
NYR
Martin Rucinsky  Hi-sticking against  Ruslan Fedotenko
12:57
NYR
Boris Mironov  Interference against  Martin St. Louis
14:48
TBL
Brad Lukowich  Hooking against  Darius Kasparaitis
18:07
NYR
Chris Simon  Cross checking against  Ruslan Fedotenko
18:07
NYR
Chris Simon  Roughing against  Ruslan Fedotenko
2nd Period
03:30
NYR
Alex Kovalev  Hooking - Obstruction against  Dan Boyle
04:56
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Tom Poti
04:56
NYR
Tom Poti  Roughing against  Martin St. Louis
06:22
TBL
Jassen Cullimore  Hooking against  Bobby Holik
07:26
NYR
Petr Nedved  Hi-sticking against  Nolan Pratt
08:08
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Delay of game
10:24
TBL
Nolan Pratt  Tripping against  Bobby Holik
18:22
NYR
Chris Simon  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Dingman
18:22
TBL
Chris Dingman  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Simon
3rd Period
04:50
NYR
Darius Kasparaitis  Holding against  Vincent Lecavalier
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
John Grahame
SA: 23TOI: 62:00
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .957SH: 1 - 1
Mike Dunham
SA: 39TOI: 62:03
Saves: 37EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .949SH: 0 - 0