Postgame: Rangers Enter Olympic Break on a High Note, Diffuse Bolts 5-2

February 14th, 2010 by Rangers Tribune Leave a reply »
They couldn’t have gone into the Olympic break on a higher note than today’s tremendous comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. At first, everyone had that “here we go again” feeling when Steven Stamkos created back-to-back goals in the first period to give the Bolts a 2-0 lead at the end of one. However, a four-goal second stanza saw the Blueshirts take control and capture their second straight win and tie Tampa for ninth place in the Eastern Conference Standings. This one was definitely a boost for the team as they were able to overcome adversity without two star players in Marian Gaborik and Michael Del Zotto.

At about the midpoint of the first, Steven Stamkos’ slapshot from the point deflected off of the stick of Ryan Callahan and fooled goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and trickled into the net. Three minutes later Stamkos was fed coming off the bench and his rifled wrister was deflected in front by Steve Downie and the Bolts were suddenly up 2-0. Head coach John Tortorella, and the fans for that matter, were not happy with the performance from the home team in that period as they were booed off the ice.

In the second peri ...

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