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Messier, Ortmyer provide scoring punch

11/25/2003

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Jussi Markkanen didn't face many tough
chances, but stopped the ones he did.

Markkanen made 36 saves for his second shutout of the season to
help the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 on
Tuesday night.

Mark Messier and Jed Ortmeyer scored for the Rangers, who won
for the second time in nine road games this season.

"I'm happy with any win," Rangers coach Glen Sather said.
"They had a lot of shots from a long way out and there were no
rebounds. Jussi played well."

Tampa Bay was shut out for the second straight game and has gone
148 minutes, 32 seconds without a goal. The Lightning played to a
scoreless tie in their previous game Sunday at Carolina.

They are one of the best teams at home (8-2-1-1).

"This is our first bump," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella
said. "We need to battle through it. We didn't generate much
offense. It was all from the outside."

Markkanen made a strong save on Martin St. Louis during a
breakaway with nine minutes left in the second. The Lightning right
wing tried to shoot the puck between the goalie's pads.

"I just tried to wait and wait and see where the shot is
going," Markkanen said. "I was pretty deep in the net already
when he made that shot because I was concentrating."

Markkanen also had a kick save in the third on Vincent
Lecavalier's shot.

Messier and Ortmeyer scored in the first period to give the
Rangers a 2-0 lead. Messier scored his ninth goal of the season and
685th in his career when he redirected a pass from Alex Kovalev
past goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

Kovalev has five assists and six points during a four-game point
streak.

New York took a two-goal advantage when Ortmeyer scored his
first NHL goal just before the end of the period. The Rangers
outshot the Lightning 20-8 in the first.

"We came out pretty hard," Rangers defenseman Tom Poti said.
"We know they usually start quick in their building. We knew if we
could withstand them for the first five or 10 minutes, we were
going to be successful."

Tampa Bay held a 14-4 shot advantage in a scoreless second.
Overall, New York was outshot 36-26.

"We responded after one of our worst periods ... the first
period," Tampa Bay captain Dave Andreychuk said. "I thought we
battled hard to come back. It just didn't happen."

Game notes
New York G Mike Dunham was the backup to Markkanen. He has
not played the last four games because of a groin injury. ...
Rangers LW Dan LaCouture is expected to miss about a week after
separating his shoulder in Sunday's game against Ottawa. ...
Andreychuk, who has 614 career goals, has gone 11 games without a
goal. He has one goal in 18 games this season. ... New York LW
Richard Scott, who was recalled from Hartford of the AHL on Monday,
was in the lineup. G Phil Osaer was reassigned to Hartford.