St. Louis scores twice, Lightning beat Rangers 5-0
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Martin St. Louis had two goals and an assist after being honored before the game, and the Tampa Bay Lightning stopped a four-game losing streak by beating the New York Rangers 5-0 on Monday night.
St. Louis received a silver stick and other gifts during a ceremony for playing in his 1,000th NHL game last Tuesday at Los Angeles. He was the 286th to reach the milestone.
Ben Bishop had 37 saves and improved to 14-3-1 for the Lightning, who returned home after an 0-3-1 trip. Nikita Kucherov scored of the first shift of his first NHL game, and Teddy Purcell added a pair of goals to complete the Tampa Bay scoring.
The Rangers had their six-game, road-winning streak snapped. It was one short of matching the team record. New York won seven straight road games in a row in 1935 and 1978.
Kucherov, recalled from Syracuse of the AHL on Sunday, put the Lightning up 1-0 from the left circle at 2:12 on his first NHL shot. St. Louis, who had just one goal in his previous 12 games, skated in from the right wing boards and lifted an in-close shot over goalie Henrik Lundqvist to make it 2-0 just 58 seconds later.
St. Louis extended the lead to 3-0 on a breakaway goal at 3:12 of the second. The captain moved past Tampa Bay assistant coach Steve Thomas (933) into 92nd place on the NHL career points list with 936.
Purcell gave the Lightning a 4-0 lead with 3:08 left in the second. He also scored late in the third, with St. Louis getting an assist.
Bishop stopped 17 shots during the first, including a low left circle drive by Chris Kreider in the opening minute, and made a post-to-post glove save on Anton Stralman late in the period. He has won all four games he has played against the Rangers.
Cam Talbot replaced Lundqvist, who gave up four goals on 22 shots, to start the third, but Talbot's long shutout streak was broken.
New York is 1-11-0 when allowing the first goal.
NOTES: Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos is walking without crutches or a boot two weeks after breaking his right leg, which required surgery. He expects to play again this season. ... Stamkos took part in the St. Louis on-ice ceremony. ... Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said LW Taylor Pyatt, who missed his eighth game due to a concussion, could soon be ready to play. Pyatt took part in Monday's morning skate. ... Injured Tampa Bay LW Ryan Malone (lower body) and D Radko Gudas (upper body) didn't play. Caoch Jon Cooper said both might play later this week. ... Lundqvist is 16-8-6 against the Lightning.