Final SO

Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Thursday, November 10th
Rangers5Final
Lightning2
Game 2: Thursday, December 22nd
Lightning2Final
Rangers4
Game 3: Tuesday, January 3rd
Lightning1Final
OT
Rangers0
Game 4: Saturday, March 25th
Rangers3Final
SO
Lightning4

Rangers 3

(39-20-12, 90 pts)

Lightning 4

(38-28-5, 81 pts)

7:30 PM ET, March 25, 2006

Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 SO T
NYR 2 1 0 03
TB 1 2 0 14

B. Richards (Lightning - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

F. Modin (Lightning - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

P. Kubina (Lightning - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Richards' shootout goal lifts Bolts past Rangers

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning went from spectators to winners.

Brad Richards scored the lone goal in a shootout, and John Grahame stopped three shots in the tiebreaker to lift the Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

"I think we watched them play a little bit at the start of the game," Richards said. "We were worried about some of their key players, and after they scored their third goal we just started playing and didn't care what they were doing. We kind of took it to them. It was a fun game out there."

Richards had two assists, extending his point streak to five games. He has nine assists and 11 points over the stretch.

"Richie has been money," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "Scoring that first (shootout) goal is big. It was an exciting game. We found a way."

Tampa Bay got goals from Martin St. Louis, Fredrik Modin and Cory Sarich. The Lightning are 4-0-1 in the past five games. The Rangers, who are tied atop the Atlantic Division with the Philadelphia Flyers, lost for the second straight night in a shootout.

"It's disappointing not to win one or both games," Rangers defenseman Jason Strudwick said. "When you leave it into overtime and shootouts, anything can happen so we have to clean up our act a little bit in the early periods."

New York's Jaromir Jagr, the NHL leader in goals and points, had a goal and assist but was stopped on the Rangers' first shootout attempt. He also failed to score Friday during the tiebreaker loss at Florida.

Jagr scored his 51st goal in the second period to move past Vic Hadfield (1971-72) into second place on the Rangers' single-season, goal-scoring list. He is one short of tying Adam Graves' team record set in 1993-94.

The right winger also has 107 points, tying Mark Messier for second during one season in franchise history. Jean Ratelle holds the record of 109 points in the 1971-72 season.

"I think everyone feels honored to be part of it," New York coach Tom Renney said. "Jaromir comes to work every day and displays what you could only hope for in a player like that, with his work habits and the way he treats his teammates and the respect he shows the organization and the coaching staff."

Petr Sykora and Petr Prucha had the other goals for New York, 3-5-4 over the last 12 games.

The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the first period on power-play goals by Sykora and Prucha. St. Louis cut the deficit in half 34 seconds after Prucha's goal.

After Jagr scored 30 seconds into the second, the Lightning pulled even at 3 on goals by Modin and defenseman Sarich's first of the season. Sarich snapped an 86-game goal-scoring drought, dating to March 3, 2004.

Rangers left wing Martin Rucinsky didn't play because of a broken finger and is expected to miss a month. He was hurt in Friday's loss at Florida.

New York had an apparent power-play goal wiped off in the second period when a video replay didn't show the puck entering the net even though the shot appeared to slip past Grahame.

Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle left midway through the first after injuring his right ankle. He hit the end boards in an awkward position after he got tangled with Rangers center Steve Rucchin while chasing the puck on an eventual icing call.

"The guy, not on purpose, took out my legs," Boyle said.

Boyle will be re-evaluated on Sunday and will miss at least one game.

Game notes


Modin left in the third period with a lower body injury and is day to day. ... Jagr has five goals in three games and points in the eight straight (8 goals, 15 points). ... New York D Darius Kasparaitis (groin) missed his third straight game. ... Rangers C Michael Nylander has 10 assists, including two Saturday, and 14 points during a seven-game point streak. ... The Rangers recalled LW Alexandre Giroux from Hartford of the AHL. ... New York has converted 11 of its last 24 power plays, including 2 of 3 on Saturday.

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