Barclay Goodrow scored two goals in his first game back at Amalie Arena & Mika Zibanejad scored the lone goal in the shootout as the visiting New York Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Friday night at Amalie Arena.
The Lightning kicked off the scoring in the opening period and it was the captain who lit the lamp.
Just six seconds after a roughing call to New York's Ryan Reaves, Steven Stamkos took a feed from Victor Hedman and one-timed a shot over the glove of Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin to put Tampa Bay up 1-0.
The Bolts outshot the Blueshirts 10-3 through twenty minutes and controlled the majority of the play into the 2nd period until Lightning goalie Brian Elliott gave up the equalizer.
At exactly 5:30 of the middle stanza, the Tampa Bay netminder was pressured behind the net by Rangers winger Julien Gauthier and coughed the puck up right to his linemate Alexis Lafreniere. The former #1 overall pick quickly shot the puck into the open net to tied the score at one apiece.
Exactly nine minutes later, another Elliott miscue led to a Rangers goal.
With the Lightning on the power play, Elliott came out to play the puck and his pass to Hedman went awry. New York's Greg McKegg picked up the puck and found Goodrow all alone in front. The former Lightning went forehand-to-backhand and slipped one under Elliott to put the visitors up 2-1.
To the Lightning's credit, they didn't wilt and answered back just over three minutes later.
Speeding into the New York zone on a 3-on-2, Brayden Point found Ross Colton and the Tampa Bay forward ripped a shot past Shesterkin to knot the score at two.
In the third the Rangers pulled ahead when Goodrow tipped a K'Andre Miller shot to make it 3-2, but once again the Lightning responded when Corey Perry scored with 1:57 left after Tampa Bay pulled Elliott for an extra attacker.
Shesterkin made 25 saves in the win. Elliott stopped 20 in defeat.
Hey Hey Barclay! : After today's morning skate, former Lightning forward Barclay Goodrow received his Stanley Cup ring from last season. Following his second cup in as many season with the Bolts, Goodrow was traded to the Rangers & New York then signed him to a six-year deal. Also, during the first TV timeout, Lightning Vision played a wonderful tribute video commemorating Goody's two years with the team. (both videos below)
Oh No Bogo!! : Before tonight's game the Lightning announced that defenseman Zach Bogosian was day-to-day with a lower body injury. He left late in the first period last night against the Panthers & didn't play in the third.
- Tampa Bay - PPG - Stamkos - (Hedman, Palat) - 18:21
- New York - Lafreniere - (Unassisted) - 5:30
- New York - SHG - Goodrow - (McKegg) - 14:30
- Tampa Bay - Colton - (Point, Killorn) - 17:31
- New York - Goodrow - (Miller, Panarin) - 13:35
- Tampa Bay - Perry - (Stamkos, Palat) - 18:03
- Tampa Bay - Rutta - (Holding) - 6:11
- New York - Hunt - (Hooking) - 10:22
- New York - Reaves - (Roughing) - 18:15
- New York - Zibanejad - (High Sticking) - 0:12
- Tampa Bay - Killorn - (Holding) - 11:09
- New York - Kakko - (Interference) - 12:43
- Tampa Bay - Perry - (Tripping) - 19:14
- New York - Hunt - (Roughing) - 6:59
- Tampa Bay - Katchouk - (Roughing) - 6:59
- Tampa Bay - Sergachev - (Delay of Game) - 18:46
What's Next For The Bolts : The Lightning are back in action on Sunday afternoon as they travel to New York to take on the Rangers. Puck drop is slated for 12:30pm with the pregame show starting at Noon on NewsRadio WFLA & Lightning PowerPlay.
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