TAMPA -- Dominic Moore scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to lift the New York Rangers to a 5-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.
Dan Boyle, Mats Zuccarello, Viktor Stalberg and Rick Nash scored for the Rangers (21-13-4), who won for the second time in their past six games and the first time on the road since Nov. 21.
"It was a hard-fought game by both teams. There wasn't a lot of room on the ice," New York coach Alain Vigneault said. "We battled real hard in the third, got two really good looks, scored on one of them, and after that we were able to shut it down."
Jonathan Marchessault and Anton Stralman scored for the Lightning (18-16-4), who are 2-2-1 on their six-game homestand.
"This has been a really tough place for teams to play," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "It's been a mandate for us to make it tough for teams to play and come in here and win games. For this year, it hasn't been that tough."
Moore scored his fourth goal at 3:16 of the third period off a turnover by defenseman Victor Hedman. The Lightning were playing the puck back in their zone and it bounced off Hedman's stick to Moore, who was open in the slot and slipped a backhand past Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop (21 saves) for a 3-2 New York lead.
“Tanner [Glass] and Viktor [Stalberg] did a good job of putting pressure on their defense," Moore said. "I just tried to stay poised as I came in because [Bishop] takes up a lot of net.”
Vigneault said the Glass-Moore-Stalberg line deserved a lot of credit for their play leading up to the goal.
"They were competing real hard, getting pucks deep and finishing their checks when they got the opportunity," Vigneault said. "They got us the go-ahead goal, and when guys are playing that hard, you put them out there confident that they are going to do the right things."
Boyle started the scoring at 1:53 of the first period after Keith Yandle made a beautiful pass into the slot after controlling the puck off the face off. Boyle easily flipped the puck past Bishop.
The Lightning responded at 16:35 of the first with a power-play goal from Marchessault, who redirected a slap shot from Stralman past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (20 saves).
New York took a 2-1 lead 56 seconds into the second period when Zuccarello scored on a wrist shot from outside of the left faceoff circle. J.T. Miller set up the play with a drop pass that gave Zuccarello a clear shot.
"We all needed this. Let's be honest, December has been absolutely awful," Lundqvist said. "And to finish like this, I think it's good for us. We had a lot of good talks in the last 24 hours about coming back to the team that we are. We showed ourselves what we need to do to have success."
Tampa Bay scored its second power-play goal when Stralman pushed the puck past Lundqvist on a rebound. The goal initially was waved off, but the officials huddled and changed their call, which was confirmed by video review.
“We’re just not good enough or playing well enough," Stralman said. "That’s just the basics of it. We had a bad start again. You get down one [goal], and it’s always tough to come back in this league; even if we get back to 1-1 and 2-2, it’s still tough. You chase every game, same thing as the other night [against Montreal]. You don’t get very far with that.”
Stalberg and Nash each scored an empty-net goal with less than two minutes remaining.
"These close games, last year we were finding a way to win," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. "Now we’re the team sitting back on our heels. I don’t know if it’s lack of confidence or lack of execution, but there is really no consistency to our game right now.”