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Miller's Goal Lifts Rangers to OT Win Over Lightning

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist called this week a good test for him and the Rangers, and thus far, they're passing with flying colors.

J.T. Miller's goal 1:19 into overtime lifted the Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the NHL-best Tampa Bay Lightning for their first road victory of the season in what could have been the most complete 60-minute effort of the season.

"We deserved to win," coach Alain Vigneault said. "We played a real strong game from the start right to the finish. "

Miller picked up a drop pass from Kevin Shattenkirk at the Rangers' blueline and broke in along the right wing boards before beating two Lightning players and going top-shelf on Andrei Vasilevskiy for the game-winner and the team's first two-game winning streak of the year.

"I just swung back and tried to get some speed. That's first. The D man gave me a little more room than I thought to go to the net. That shot there doesn't go in very often so I got lucky that it found a hole."

Video: NYR@TBL: Miller nets gorgeous goal in overtime

Chris Kreider scored his fourth goal in six games in the first period when he converted on a feed from Mika Zibanejad while on a 3-on-1 that was similar to his power play goal Tuesday night against Vegas.

Michael Grabner appeared to double the led in the second period but the goal was waved off after Boo Nieves touched the puck with a high-stick.

The call proved to be a big one as Tampa tied the game with a shorthanded goal 11 minutes into the second. 

Tampa had a goal of its own overturned early in the third period for goaltender interference, paving the way for overtime and Miller's goal.

Lundqvist made 27 saves in the win over what he called the best team in the NHL right now.

"We needed probably one of our better games this year to get two points," he said.

Lundqvist praised his teammates' ability to limit both Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, who were held off the scoresheet aside from eight shots on goal.

Vigneault was pleased with his team's play in all three zones. Like all coaches, he'll take the points and move on to the next one Saturday against the Panthers.

"I thought for our group it was good," he said. "It's a good win and we'll move on to Florida."

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