Skating on slushy ice in a matinee game, Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist and Vincent Lecavalier snapped a third-period tie during a two-man power play to lift Tampa Bay to a 2-1 victory yesterday over the New York Rangers in the Lightning’s first road game in more than a month.
Fresh off a 7-3-2 homestand, the Lightning were led by St. Louis, who scored in the first period and set up Lecavalier’s 15th goal that made it 2-1. Tampa Bay, second in the Eastern Conference, played on the road for the first time since Jan. 21.
“It’s the ugliest win of the year. It’s the ugliest game of the year. Period,’’ coach Guy Boucher said. “Guys falling, tripping, pucks over sticks, it was horrible. It was certainly not a game to look at to find nice clips. The only positive thing that comes out of it is that we fought hard mentally to make it happen.’’
Dwayne Roloson stopped 22 shots as the Lightning completed a four-game sweep of the Rangers, a potential first-round playoff opponent.
Thrashers 3, Maple Leafs 2 — Ron Hainsey scored from the edge of the left circle at 2:31 of overtime as host Atlanta snapped a five-game winless streak.
Hainsey said he hadn’t had a game-winning shot in overtime “since I was, oh, 10.’’
Atlanta’s rally came after Toronto goaltender James Reimer was shaken up early in the second period when he was hit on his helmet by the knee of Atlanta’s Evander Kane, who was called for interference.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who hadn’t played since Feb. 16 while recovering from a lower-body injury, replaced Reimer and lost the lead in the third before giving up Hainsey’s game-winning goal.
After the game, the team said Reimer was held out as a precautionary move.
Predators 3, Blue Jackets 2 — David Legwand capped host Nashville’s three-goal third period with the go-ahead score with 1:35 remaining to lead the Predators over Columbus — again.
Nashville’s victory extended the longest current winning streak by a team in an NHL city. The Predators have defeated the Blue Jackets in their past 16 trips to Music City, dating to April 3, 2006.
Devils 2, Panthers 1 — David Clarkson and Brian Rolston scored and Martin Brodeur stopped 25 shots in his return from a right knee injury for visiting New Jersey, which is 17-2-2 in its past 21 games.
The Devils climbed within 9 points of eighth-place Carolina in the Eastern Conference, while the Panthers remained 8 points back of the postseason cutoff.
Blackhawks 4, Coyotes 3 — Jonathan Toews scored twice in the first period and had the lone goal in the shootout to lead host Chicago over Phoenix for its fourth straight victory.
Marian Hossa also scored for Chicago, 6-1-2 in its last nine.
Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 26 saves, while Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 38 shots for Phoenix.
Ducks 3, Avalanche 2 — Todd Marchant’s timely goal late in the second period ended a 70-game drought and helped host Anaheim beat Colorado to snap a five-game losing streak.
Brandon McMillan scored the winner during a four-minute power play with 8:37 remaining.
Flames 1, Blues 0 — Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves and David Moss scored at 5:39 of the third to lead host Calgary.