Lightning score three power-play goals in win


NEW YORK (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are off to an
outstanding start thanks to a dangerous power play.

Martin St. Louis scored twice and Tampa Bay got three power-play
goals Monday night in a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

Vaclav Prospal and Ben Clymer also scored for the surprising
Lightning, off to the best start in franchise history at 4-0-1.
Nikolai Khabibulin made 18 saves.

"We kept our unbeaten streak alive,'' St. Louis said. "That's
the most important thing. We've got some offense this year.''

The Lightning have scored on the power play in every game this

"We just brought the puck to the net,'' St. Louis said. "You
score one and it gives you confidence.''

Mark Messier and Rem Murray scored for the Rangers, who had
their three-game unbeaten streak snapped. They had only three power
plays to Tampa Bay's eight.

"Penalties hurt us,'' Brian Leetch said. "We had the momentum
at 2-1 and the penalties turned it around.''

Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier was scratched with a right knee
sprain and is expected to be out 10-to-14 days. Lecavalier, the No.
1 overall pick in the 1998 draft, was hurt in Saturday night's tie
at Pittsburgh. He has three goals and four assists in four games
this season.

St. Louis scored his fifth of the season off his own rebound at
3:40 of the third period to make it 4-2. St. Louis spun around in
front of goalie Mike Richter, who replaced Dan Blackburn at the
start of the period. Richter stopped the shot, but St. Louis was in
perfect position to put home the rebound.

"We came together at the end of last year and it carried
over,'' Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk said. "It's time to play
-- I can see it in the room.''

Prospal converted his own rebound on a power play at 14:56 of
the second period to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead. Blackburn stopped
Prospal's backhand from the slot, but Prospal grabbed the rebound
on his forehand and scored his third of the season.

"I haven't played well the last two games,'' Blackburn said.

St. Louis scored a power-play goal at 7:39 of the second period
to make it 2-2. Khabibulin sent a nifty outlet pass to Dan Boyle,
who sprung St. Louis on a breakaway with a great neutral zone pass.
St. Louis used some nice stickwork to beat Blackburn from close in.

"We kind of caught them on a change,'' St. Louis said.
"Khabibulin made a great pass.''

New York took a 2-1 lead with two goals in a span of 2:01 early
in the second period. Murray scored his first of the season at 1:27
off a feed from Mikael Samuelsson.

Messier scored his third of the season on a tip in of Tom Poti's
shot from the right point. With New York on a power play, Radek
Dvorak sent a cross-ice pass to Poti, and Messier was right in
front for the tip.

Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead on Clymer's second goal of the season.
With the Lightning on a power play, Clymer skated along the right
boards deep into the Rangers zone and sent a sharp angle shot on

Blackburn wasn't squared to the shot and the puck went in
between his left leg and the goal post.

Game notes
Pavel Bure has at least one goal in 12 of his 15 games with
the Rangers, scoring 16 times overall. ... Tampa Bay's Ruslan
Fedetenko had the wind knocked out of him by Ronald Petrovicky in
the second period and was taken for a precautionary chest X-ray,
then returned in the third.