The New York Rangers lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more
- 5:53 NYR Steven Kampfer; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider
- 7:43 TB Brayden Point (power play); Assists: Nikita Kucherov, Jonathan Drouin
- 5:04 TB Gabriel Dumont; Assist: Jason Garrison
- 10:22 NYR Michael Grabner
- 13:32 TB Point; Assists: Ondrej Palat, Kucherov
- The Rangers certainly had plenty of offensive chances in the first period to go up by more than one goal, but instead went 1-1 into the intermission despite 10 more shots on goal.
- Tampa clamped down in the second and limited the Rangers opportunities. The Rangers struggled to regain that offensive game after the first period and only had 15 shots on goal in the final 40 minutes after putting up 13 in the first period. Tampa started to play better after the first and they were the better team in the last two periods.
- It sure seemed like the Rangers plan tonight was to score a few early, play fast at the start and then hopefully play with a lead and defend the rest of the night. They weren't able to do that, Tampa hung around and converted when they had a couple of opportunities.
- I'd like to see Chris Kreider either come up with a new move on breakaways or just shoot the puck. He's got a great shot and if he puts it on net with his speed coming at the goalie I think he has a better chance at scoring than when he tries to make a deke or move around the net.
- A night after getting strong performances from JT Miller and Kevin Hayes, both attempted two shots but neither put one on net. That duo, along with Oscar Lindberg and Tanner Glass, were the only Ranger forwards without a shot on goal.
- Overall the Rangers were really good in the first period and not as good as they needed to be in the second and third. They get a few days between games now and they can watch the team, see what happened and make adjustments from there.
The Rangers face the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.