The Lightning began their five-game road trip with a 4-1 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.
Making the result even worse for the Bolts were the injuries that cost Tampa Bay some key contributors. With Anthony Cirelli already sidelined, both Victor Hedman and Pat Maroon exited Tuesday's game with injuries and did not return.
Things got off to a good start for the Bolts as they took advantage of a sloppy line change from the Rangers late in the first period to take the lead.
At the end of a long and dominating shift from the Bolts, New York tried to squeeze in a line change after the puck was cleared to center ice. Brayden Point capitalized on the slow change, sending a cross-crease feed to Nikita Kucherov who beat Alexander Georgiev to open the scoring.
Kucherov's goal was the lone bright spot in the first period for Tampa Bay, as injuries left the Bolts shorthanded for the remainder of the game.
Both Victor Hedman and Pat Maroon exited the game with injuries in the opening period and the team announced that neither would return. Maroon headed straight to the room after getting into a fight on his first shift of the game and Hedman wasn't on the bench when play resumed in the second period.
The Rangers took advantage of Hedman's absence on the penalty kill in the second period, equalizing on Kappo Kakko's power play goal midway through the period.
New York took the lead for good with less than eight minutes to play in regulation when Filip Chytil redirected a pass from Pavel Buchnevich past Andrei Vasilevskiy. Adam Fox and Ryan Strome added late goals to give New York the comfortable three-goal lead.
The same issues that have cost the Lightning so far this season crept up again in Tuesday's loss. Tampa Bay once again took too many penalties, giving up a goal in four Ranger power plays. The Bolts were also outshot by a wide margin, 42-30.
Tampa Bay will need to regroup quickly as they face the Devils tomorrow night in the second half of a back-to-back.
TBL | 15:44 Nikita Kucherov (4) - Brayden Point, Steven Stamkos
NYR | 9:37 Kappo Kakko (2) - Ryan Strome, Artemi Panarin - PPG
NYR | 12:46 Filip Chytil (1) - Pavel Buchnevich
NYR | 17:24 Adam Fox (1) - Chris Kreider, Ryan Lindgren
NYR | 19:14 Ryan Strome (3) - Unassisted - EN