NY Rangers (9-5-3) at Tampa Bay (7-7-2), 7:30 pm EST
TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- Fresh off a dramatic victory against
the Florida Panthers, the New York Rangers continue their
five-game road trip Thursday when they face the Tampa Bay
Rookie Petr Prucha scored the clinching goal in a shootout for
the second time in five days to give the Rangers their third win
in four outings - a 4-3 victory over the Panthers on Wednesday.
The Rangers, who reside in first place in the Atlantic Division,
were on the verge of a loss to the Panthers before Dominic
Moore scored with three seconds remaining in regulation to tie
After having his 12-game scoring streak stopped on Monday,
Jaromir Jagr registered a pair of assists, giving him 25 points
this season for the Rangers. He has 27 goals and 28 assists in
55 games against the Lightning
Vaclav Prospal and Tim Taylor scored for Tampa Bay, which lost
its fourth straight game Tuesday, a 3-2 defeat against the
Montreal Canadiens. It is the Lightning's longest losing
streak since December 9-16, 2003.
The defending Stanley Cup champions are among the league
leaders in penalty kills (72-of-83) and lead the NHL in fewest
average penalty minutes (11.9).
After goaltender Brian Eklund made his first career start
against Montreal, John Grahame could return to action after
allowing 13 goals in his three previous outings.
Tampa Bay won three of the four meetings against the Rangers
in 2003-2004, outscoring them 10-7.