VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning team that just flamed out in the first round of the playoffs is dotted with former New York Rangers who played in the 2014 Stanley Cup...
Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi out indefinitely
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
The team announced Girardi's status Tuesday before visiting the defending Stanley...
Lightning win 10th straight, Flames streak to 7th in a row
NEW YORK (AP) — Victor Hedman scored at 3:25 of overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning extended their winning streak to a franchise-record 10 games with a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on...
Lightning win 10th straight, top Rangers 4-3 in OT
NEW YORK (AP) — Given a second chance in overtime, Victor Hedman didn't miss. And he helped run the Tampa Bay Lightning's winning streak to a perfect 10.
Price gets 300th win as Canadiens beat Coyotes 2-1
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Carey Price stopped 36 shots in his 300th career win, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the slumping Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
Paul Byron and Shea Weber scored as Montreal won the second game of a back-to-back for the first time in four tries this season.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for the Coyotes, who have lost seven of eight. Darcy Kuemper stopped 26 shots.
Lightning rally for shootout win over Flames
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Louis Domingue missed J.T. Miller's winning shootout goal on Thursday night.
"I wasn't watching," Domingue said. "I was drinking water. That's kind of what I do, honestly, and it worked out."
Miller and Victor Hedman scored in the tiebreaker and Domingue had 33 saves, leading the surging Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-4 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Lightning end Sabres’ winning streak at 10 games
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cedric Paquette broke a tie with 5:41 left and the Tampa Bay Lightning ended the Buffalo Sabres' franchise-record-tying winning streak at 10 games with a 5-4 victory Thursday night.
Paquette beat Carter Hutton from then top of the left circle.
Dan Girardi, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos also scored, and Luis Domingue made saves. Sam Reinhart had two goals for Buffalo, and Zemgus Girgensons and Tage Thompson also scored.
Lightning end Sabres 10-game winning streak
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres came up just short of a history-making run.
Cedric Paquette broke a tie with 5:41 left and the Tampa Bay Lightning ended the Sabres' franchise-record-tying winning streak at 10 games with a 5-4 victory Thursday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing elimination at home, the Washington Capitals looked determined to hit everything that moved in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final.
The goal was to finish checks on Tampa Bay Lightning players as much as possible, though at one point Devante Smith-Pelly decked Dan Girardi and took teammate Jay Beagle down with him.
"I apologized to him," Smith-Pelly said. "I said sorry. He didn't seem to care."
BOSTON (AP) — Dan Girardi scored 3:18 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night for a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The Lightning jumped ahead 2-0 for the second straight game. But this time Boston answered with three straight goals, including a short-handed score by Patrice Bergeron — his second of the game — to break a third-period tie.
BOSTON (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have a chance to get the last licks on the Boston Bruins at home.
Dan Girardi scored 3:18 into overtime to give Tampa Bay a 4-3 victory over Boston on Friday night in a game that featured more face-licking from Brad Marchand but left the Lightning with a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals as they return to Florida for a potential clincher in Game 5.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov reached a personal milestone and helped the Tampa Bay Lightning move closer to clinching the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Kucherov became the second player in the NHL to reach 100 points this season, and the Lightning took a two-point lead in the Atlantic Division by beating the Buffalo Sabres 7-5 Friday night.
Kucherov scored in the first period and got his 100th point assisting on Dan Girardi's goal 1:04 into the second that gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead.
Lightning stops 3-game slide with 7-3 win over Rangers
NEW YORK (AP) — Brayden Point and Cedric Paquette each scored two goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning stopped a three-game slide with a 7-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night.
J.T. Miller added a power-play goal in the third period as Tampa Bay regained first place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference with 108 points. Dan Girardi also scored against his former team, Alex Killorn had a goal and an assist, and backup goalie Louis Domingue made 28 saves.
Lightning surge past Rangers 7-3 to end 3-game slide
NEW YORK (AP) — Coming off an emotional loss that knocked them out of first place, the Tampa Bay Lightning took a little while to get going against the New York Rangers.
They eventually found their stride.
Brayden Point and Cedric Paquette each scored two goals, and Tampa Bay stopped a three-game slide with a 7-3 victory Friday night.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos had two goals and three assists for a career-high five points and added a shootout goal in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 7-6 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Brayden Point also scored in the shootout to help Tampa Bay improve to 6-0-1 in its past seven.
Victor Hedman had two goals and two assists and tied his career high with four points. Nikita Kucherov returned after missing two games because of an injury and added three assists.
Parise scores 1st goal, Wild beat slumping Lightning 5-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — All of a sudden, Tampa Bay is no longer playing like the best team in hockey.
Zach Parise scored his first goal of the season and the Minnesota Wild beat the slumping Lightning 5-2 on Saturday night.
Jared Spurgeon, Nate Prosser, Marcus Foligno and Jason Zucker also scored for Minnesota, playing its first game after a five-day break. Matt Cullen had an assist for his 700th career point.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves in his second shutout this season, and the Tampa Bay Lightning ended a two-game skid with a 2-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
Defenseman Dan Girardi and rookie Mikhail Sergachev had goals for the Lightning in the third of a four-game trip. Tampa Bay is off to the best start in franchise history (17-5-2) but had lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
Vasilevskiy gets shutout as Lightning snap two-game skid
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NHL's highest-scoring team leaned on its defense to snap a two-game losing streak.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves in his second shutout of the season, and the Tampa Bay Lightning got goals from defensemen Mikhail Sergachev and Dan Girardi in a 2-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
Lightning eager to rebound from missing playoffs
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
LAST SEASON: 42-30-10, 94 points. 5th place Atlantic Division.
COACH: Jon Cooper (fourth full season).
ADDED: F Chris Kunitz, D Dan Girardi, D Mikhail Sergachez
Ageless Lundqvist could be key to Rangers’ Stanley Cup hopes
NEW YORK RANGERS
LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Fourth in Metropolitan Division. Lost to Ottawa Senators in Eastern Conference semifinals.
COACH: Alain Vigneault (fifth season, 16th NHL season).
ADDED: D Kevin Shattenkirk, D Tony DeAngelo, C David Desharnais, G Ondrej Pavelec, C Lias Andersson, C Filip Chytil.
LOST: C Derek Stepan, C Oscar Lindberg, G Antti Raanta, D Dan Girardi, D Kevin Klein, RW Brandon Pirri, D Adam Clendening.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Johnson is staying with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The free-agent forward signed a new seven-year, $35 million deal to remain with the Lightning, General Manager Steve Yzerman announced Monday.
The 26-year-old Johnson had 19 goals and 26 assists in 66 games last season. He was tied for third on the Lightning in goals and power-play goals (six), and fifth with 45 points.
Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon was already talking about getting aggressive in the free agent market.
Now he has some extra room to do that.
Florida was one of several teams to buy out a player in the last chance this offseason, clearing salary-cap space for the start of free agency Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rangers will buy out the final three years of Dan Girardi's contract, ending the defenseman's tenure in New York after 11 seasons.
The move will clear just under $2.9 million in salary-cap space next season and just under $1.9 million the two following years. Girardi was set to count $5.5 million against the salary cap through 2019-20 and with his no-movement clause would have had to be protected in the upcoming Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft.
Rangers opening playoffs with road test in Montreal
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers don't mind starting the Stanley Cup playoffs on the road.
After all, they led the NHL with 27 road wins in the regular season.
And the Rangers had 21 wins at Madison Square Garden this season, tied for the fewest home wins among the 16 teams that reached the postseason.
So playing the opening two games of their series at the Bell Centre in Montreal is not a big problem.
Jimmy Vesey, Antti Raanta lead Rangers past Blue Jackets 3-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Rangers goalie Antti Raanta hadn't started in more than six weeks because of injury and the reliable play of Henrik Lundqvist.
The Columbus Blue Jackets came after him Monday night, but Raanta was on his game. He stopped 30 shots — including key saves in the final minute after the Blue Jackets pulled their goalie and were swarming the net — to lead New York to a 3-2 victory.
Grabner scores 2, Rangers beat Oilers 3-1
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Michael Grabner is coming up big for the New York Rangers.
Grabner scored twice, Antti Raanta stopped 38 shots, and the Rangers beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 Sunday night.
After signing with the Rangers during the offseason, Grabner now has 10 goals in 16 games to eclipse the nine he scored in 80 games with Toronto last year.
Lundqvist gets 60th career shutout as Rangers beat Blues 5-0
NEW YORK (AP) — For Henrik Lundqvist, the focus is not on recording shutouts. Instead, the emphasis is just on playing well — individually and as a team.
Shutouts, he reasoned, are satisfying byproducts of everyone perfectly executing the game plan.
NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 35 saves for his 60th career shutout to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
Jimmy Vesey had a goal and two assists, and Dan Girardi, Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes also scored for New York, which has won seven of its first 10 games.
Chris Kreider, who missed the previous four games due to neck spasms, had two assists as 11 Rangers players recorded at least one point.
Bruins F Pastrnak suspended 2 games for illegal head check
BOSTON (AP) — Bruins forward David Pastrnak has been suspended for two games without pay for an illegal check to the head of Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi.
The NHL announced the suspension Friday. The play in question occurred during the second period of New York's 5-2 win over Boston on Wednesday. Pastrnak was assessed a minor penalty for the play.
Pastrnak will forfeit $10,277.78 in salary during the suspension.
Girardi scores early in 3rd to lift Rangers over Coyotes
NEW YORK (AP) — Dan Girardi returned to the lineup and made himself the difference with one big third-period shot.
Girardi scored 1:55 into the final period, lifting the New York Rangers over the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Sunday night.
The goal was the first of the season for Girardi. He put the Rangers up for good with a slap shot from the right point.
"I just buried my head and tried to shoot as hard as I can at the net," Girardi said. "Good things happen when you put pucks on net."