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Lightning 5, Rangers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 5, Rangers 3
New York Rangers 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 5

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher sounded as though the Lightning had lost even though they extended their winning streak to five.

A bad third period can do that.

Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 21st goal and had two assists, and the Lightning beat the New York Rangers 5-3 on Wednesday night.

The Lightning held a 5-0 lead entering the final frame, but a lackluster final 20 minutes, in which New York scored three times, left Boucher in a foul mood.

"It's a lack of respect for the opponent, a lack of respect for our standards," Boucher said. "Everything in the third period just showed that we lacked respect. Unacceptable, and the players know it. It leaves a real bad taste."

Stamkos also has 17 assists for a league-leading 38 points in 22 games. The center has had a point in all but three games.

"It's a win, five in a row, and we take pride in that," Stamkos said. "We definitely don't feel as good as we would have after our play in the third."

Ryan Malone added two goals for the Lightning. He entered with just three goals in 33 previous games against the Rangers.

New York, which had won five of seven, got third-period goals from Steve Eminger, Brian Boyle and Derek Stepan. The Rangers went more than 15 minutes without a shot from late in the first period until well into the second, and were outshot 25-7 through 40 minutes.

"We just looked brain dead through the first part of the game," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "Why? I don't know."

Stamkos gave Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead at 4:53 of the second period from the low slot off a pass from Steve Downie during a 3-on-1 break. He assisted on Malone's power-play goals during the first period.

New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist (7-8-1) had another rough night in his return to the net. He allowed five goals on 34 shots.

"It seems like when he's played, we haven't played very well in front of him and it's not fair for him," Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky said.

Backup goalie Martin Biron started the previous two games after replacing Lundqvist last Friday in New York's 5-1 loss at Colorado.

Malone put the Lightning ahead 1-0 with an in-close, power-play goal at 7:06 of the first. It ended a stretch of 24 consecutive short-handed situations that New York had killed.

Tampa Bay then converted its second power play of the game to make it 2-0. Malone scored a rebound goal from the low slot with 4:23 left in the first.

The Rangers have trailed after the first period three times - all losses - in 23 games this season.

Brett Clark, on the power play, and Victor Hedman had second-period goals as Tampa Bay took a 5-0 lead. Hedman snapped his 54-game goal drought, dating to Jan. 6 against Buffalo.

Eminger ended goalie Mike Smith's shutout bid with his first goal in 21 games early in the third. Boyle later scored a short-handed goal before Stepan added a power-play tally with 1:04 left.

Smith faced 20 shots, including 13 during the third.

Rangers forward Sean Avery got an instigator penalty, a fighting major and 10-minute misconduct midway through the third. Mattias Ohlund had a hard check on New York's Erik Christensen, which prompted Avery to go after the Lightning defenseman, who received just a fighting penalty

NOTES: Stamkos has nine assists and 19 points on the power play. "He plays for the right reasons," Boucher said before the game. "He loves playing the game just to play the game. If you gave him two cents, he would play the same." ... Tampa Bay LW Simon Gagne sat out for the 16th consecutive game due to a neck injury. Boucher said Gagne might play Friday at Washington. ... New York D Michal Rozsival missed his eighth game because of a strained shoulder. He also might return this weekend.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:06
TBL
PPG - Ryan Malone (4) ASST: Steven Stamkos (16), Martin St. Louis (20)
1 - 0 TBL
15:37
TBL
PPG - Ryan Malone (5) ASST: Steven Stamkos (17), Teddy Purcell (10)
2 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
04:53
TBL
Steven Stamkos (21) ASST: Steve Downie (9), Martin St. Louis (21)
3 - 0 TBL
11:05
TBL
PPG - Brett Clark (5) ASST: Steve Downie (10), Teddy Purcell (11)
4 - 0 TBL
16:56
TBL
Victor Hedman (1) ASST: Mattias Ritola (2), Sean Bergenheim (6)
5 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
03:58
NYR
Steve Eminger (1) ASST: Derek Stepan (8)
5 - 1 TBL
12:51
NYR
SHG - Brian Boyle (10) ASST: Marc Staal (3), Brandon Prust (6)
5 - 2 TBL
18:56
NYR
PPG - Derek Stepan (5) ASST: Marian Gaborik (6), Michael Del Zotto (5)
5 - 3 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:05
NYR
Ryan Callahan  Holding against  Martin St. Louis
14:47
NYR
Derek Boogaard  Hooking against  Nate Thompson
2nd Period
07:52
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Boarding against  Blair Jones
08:34
TBL
Ryan Malone  Interference against  Henrik Lundqvist
08:34
NYR
Henrik Lundqvist  Diving against  Ryan Malone
10:08
NYR
Marc Staal  Roughing against  Sean Bergenheim
13:31
TBL
Blair Jones  Holding against  Michael Del Zotto
3rd Period
05:13
TBL
Adam Hall  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:26
NYR
Sean Avery  Misconduct (10 min)
11:26
NYR
Sean Avery  Fighting (maj) against  Mattias Ohlund
11:26
NYR
Sean Avery  Instigator against  Mattias Ohlund
11:26
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Fighting (maj) against  Sean Avery
14:59
NYR
Brandon Prust  Elbowing against  Mike Lundin
17:57
TBL
Dominic Moore  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:26
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
20:00
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Slashing against  Victor Hedman
20:00
TBL
Victor Hedman  Slashing against  Brandon Dubinsky
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 34TOI: 59:01
Saves: 29EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 2PP: 14 - 17
SV%: .853SH: 1 - 1
Mike Smith
SA: 20TOI: 59:59
Saves: 17EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .850SH: 1 - 2