Game 9 Recap: Rangers Embarrass Lightning 6-1

Game 9 Recap: Rangers Embarrass Lightning 6-1

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Game 9 Recap: Rangers Embarrass Lightning 6-1

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Michael Grabner netted a hat trick and Rick Nash, Jimmy Vesey and J.T. Miller also scored as the Rangers embarrassed the Lightning 6-1 who have lost three in a row.

Nash, Grabner and Vesey all scored in a span of two minutes, 19 seconds midway through the second period to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. Kevin Hayes had three assists.

Steven Stamkos ruined Rangers goalie Antti Raanta‘s shutout bid late in the third period. Raanta stopped 31 shots to earn the win. Ben Bishop also turned away 31 shots for the Lightning.

All of New York’s goals came at even strength. The Rangers were 0 for 5 on the power play and Tampa Bay went 1 for 4.

GAME NOTES: Tampa Bay RW Ryan Callahan made his season debut. Callahan, a former Ranger,N had missed the Lightning’s first eight games as he recuperated from offseason surgery on a torn labral in his right hip. … Nikita Kucherov also played after missing Tampa Bay’s last game, a 3-1 loss to New Jersey on Saturday night, with an upper body injury sustained in the first period of the Lightning’s 3-1 loss to the Canadiens in Montreal Thursday night. … Prior to the game, Tampa Bay announced C Cory Conacher had been sent down to AHL Syracuse. Conacher had played in one NHL game this season, Saturday’s loss at the Devils. … The Lightning scratched D Matt Taormina and RW J.T. Brown. . Rangers LW Chris Kreider missed his fourth straight game with neck spasms. . New York scratched D Adam Clendening.

The Lightning are at the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

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