Tampa Bay Lightning
The New York Rangers defeated the Tampa Lightning 4-2 on Saturday night extending their winning streak to five games. Derek Stepan’s two points helped secure the victory.
Martin Brodeur held the Tampa Bay Lightning scoreless for 51 minutes, David Clarkson had a goal and an assist, and the New Jersey Devils hung on for a 4-2 victory Saturday night.
Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist to help the Tampa Bay Lightning stop a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
John Tavares had two goals and two assists in the first period and New York ruined the return of former Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson in a 5-1 rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Rangers fans will get a first taste of the pairing of superstar linemates Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik tonight against the Devils in Newark. The duo could go on to match the level seen from Jagr and Nylander in 2007.
The Rangers have acquired free agent center Brad Richards, who gives them the playmaking center they have been searching for.
The New York Islanders have traded defenseman Bruno Gervais to the Tampa Bay Lightning for future considerations.
Mike Smith was perfect in relief of goalie Dwayne Roloson, and Simon Gagne snapped a tie in the third period for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who erased an early three-goal deficit and evened the Eastern Conference finals with a 5-3 win in Game 4 over the Boston Bruins.
Sean Bergenheim began a stretch of three Tampa Bay goals in 1:25 in the first period and the Lightning beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night.
Lecavalier scored his second goal of the game 6:19 into overtime, and the fifth-seeded Lightning beat the Capitals 3-2 Sunday night for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Lightning emphatically avoided elimination with an 8-2 victory over the Penguins on Saturday in Game 5 of the first-round series.
Al Montoya made 36 saves, helping the New York Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.
The Devils remain on a roll thanks to their 3-2 shootout victory over the Islanders Sunday. New Jersey came into the season having participated in 62 shootouts, just three behind the Boston Bruins for the most since the NHL began using the tie-breaker back in the 2005-06 season.
Ilya Kovalchuk scored his fifth winning goal in the last 11 games and the New Jersey Devils continued their amazing playoff push with a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.
The Southeast Division-leading Lightning look to win four in a row on the road Wednesday night when the Devils try to win a season-best five straight at home.