The last time the New York Rangers scored 8 goals in a game was January 23, 2001. Jeff Toms had a hat trick in an 8-4 defeat over the Boston Bruins. Theo Fleury, Eric Lindros, and Toms himself each had 4 points while Mike York had 5. Mike Richter outlasted Byron Dafoe in net. Does that bring back memories, or what?
This time, however, the Rangers got all eight goals from eight different scorers in an 8-2 defeat over the Tampa Bay Lighting. Marian Gaborik would be the shining point getting with 4 assists and the Rangers got goals from Dubinsky, Prospal, Drury, Girardi, Lisin, Staal, Voros, and Higgins, in that order. What is probably the most shocking is who exactly the last two goal scorers were. Voros gets his first goal since November 28, 2008 and the slumping Higgins gets his first goal in seven games.
Lundqvist did not have much work and Niittymaki was pulled after five goals to make way for Dustin Tokarski, who gave up the other three in relief. The Rangers also score 6 goals in back to back games at home for the first time since 2003. Is this a game for firsts or what?
There really isn't that much more to add. The Rangers were ahead every step of the way and pounded the Tampa Bay Lightning into submission. Aaron Voros, adding to his goal, was involved in two fights; one with Zenon Konopka and the other with Ryan Malone. Dubinsky also got in on the fisticuffs with a late fight with Jeff Halpern.
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