After riding high on a wave of offense, Tampa Bay's scoring ways came to a crashing halt on Saturday.
The grind-it-out New York Rangers ended the Lightning's five-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory in front of an announced sellout crowd of 19,204 at the Forum.
Tampa Bay's streak of scoring five or more goals was halted at four games, and the Lightning's franchise record of nine consecutive home wins, dating to last year, also was snapped.
Rick Nash drove the puck from the corner straight to the net for the go-ahead goal early in the third, and Carl Hagelin provided an insurance goal for the Rangers that turned out to be the game-winner.
Steven Stamkos, who has registered a point in every game this season, scored twice to extend his goal-scoring streak to five games. But he was the only Lightning player to solve Rangers backup goalie Martin Biron, who made 30 saves in his first start of the season.
Rangers put end to Tampa Bay Lightning win streak
Tampa Tribune | Feb 3