Rangers vs. Lightning: New York outshoots Tampa Bay, 20-3, in 1st period

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

It's the most shots allowed in one period all season.

Rick Nash's return from an undisclosed injury has impacted the Rangers' offense quicker than anybody expected.

The Rangers outshot a scrambling Lightning squad, 20-3, in the first period on Thursday night in a display of complete dominance, walking off the ice for intermission with a 2-1 lead. Nash was seemingly everywhere in the first period, registering four shots on goal. He nearly converted on a slick deke midway through the period but was stopped by Mathieu Garon.

The 20 shots allowed were the most in a single period all season. For those of you wondering, the record is 25 by the Washington Capitals in 1999.

Meanwhile, that's the fewest shots in a period by Tampa Bay all season.

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