LIGHTNING Strikes MSG, As Rangers Storm Tampa Bay 8-2!
If you have been watching the Rangers play as of late, it is not hard to see that someone or something has kicked-started them into a goal-scoring frenzy.
It is always a special game when you play against your former team. In Rangersville, both Vinny Prospal former Lightning forward and head coach John Tortorella former head coach of TB had to have been extremely proud as they left the Garden after the game.
The Rangers came out the gate strong and Aaron Voros showed the Bolts that the Rangers were not going to be struck down tonight as ten seconds into the game Voros dropped the gloves with Zenon Konopka. It was a good fight by Voros, Who over all had a very good game.
From the start the Rangers came out Skating hard and applying pressure and after a minute and 26 seconds into the first, Brandon Dubinsky scored on a nice wrist shot and draws first blood.
The Rangers continued to press the Bolts, the fore-checking could not be better as their pressure was to much for the Lightning to handle. At 7:05 into the first non other then form Lightning Vinny Prospal skates his way in with the puck and skated right up to the goalie and slid in a nice back handed goal, giving the Rangers a 2-goal lead.
The Bolts managed to manufacture a goal as Alex Tanquay slid into the net taking out Henrik Lundqvist which allowed Vincent Lecavalier to slip one in. How in the world was this not call interference is amazing? Tanquay was not pushed or checked into Henrik and that was definitely goalie interference.
But the Rangers did not let that get them down. Nor would they let up.
In the past the we have witnessed the Rangers slack off when they obtained a lead. But tonight the Rangers would show no mercy to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Rangers fed off the goals and continued their attacks. After two missed attempts by Callahan and Christensen the Rangers Captain Chris Drury slams one into the net giving the Blue shirts a 3-1 lead a minute and a half later.
The first period was all Rangers. As They extinguished the Bolts and Lundqvuist was awesome as ever, as he stopped 11 shots.
The second period started of no better for the Lightning as the shooting frenzy began. Dan Girardi snaps a wrister from the blue line that deflects off a TB player and into the net. Rangers lead 4-1.
Everyone is Expecting for the Rangers to blow it. Its happened one too many times before. They get the lead and give up, by playing sloppy. But not tonight! The Rangers are driven by some unforeseen force. Determined to win and win big.
The Ranger players did not let up. They did not get sloppy. Instead they needed more goals and at 15:39 into the second, off a juicy rebound Enver Lisin slaps one in. increasing the Rangers lead to four.
The Lightning catch a break as the Rangers get two back to back penalties giving the Bolts a 5 on 3 power play and they capitalize quickly. As Alex Tanquay rockets one past Lundqvist off of a great pass by Steven Stamkos with just under 3 minutes left in the second period.
The Blue Shirts had no intentions of letting TB back into this game as they hit the ice going into the third. Six-and-a-half minutes in, Marc "I want to be Brian Leetch" Staal sneaks down low on a 3 on 2 rush and scores the goal giving the Rangers their 6th goal of the night.
At 10:46 into the third the Rangers go on the power play and Aaron Voros takes advantage of his time as Brian Boyle makes a great pass right on the tape of Voros who slips one in, giving the Ranger a 7-2 lead.
At this point the life of every TB Player has been drained. You can see the frustration and anger on their faces and they were not going to go down with out a fight.
Ryan Malone picked a fight with Voros which ended quicker then it started. But Aaron Voros received STANDING OVATION for his performance and it was well deserved.
Shortly after the Voros fight, Chris Higgins scores a high wrister goal , making it 8-2 Rangers.
To end the game on an even better not Brandon Dubinsky exchange punches with Jeff Halpern. It was good to see the Rangers fighting and maintaining that toughness in back to back game.
Although the Lightning have a goalie issue. The Rangers beat a very good, talented team. This by no means was a fluke. The Rangers played extremely well in these last two games and their reward is 14 goals in two games. As well as adding four much-needed points. They have played like the team we expected them to be in the beginning of the season. They need to hold it together and maintain this momentum.
The Rangers play Philly on Thursday and that will be a very good game as Philly is a very physical and bigger team then the Rangers. If the Rangers can keep playing at this pace, they will be a force in the conference once again!
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