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Rangers-Lightning 2014 final score: 3 things we learned in Tampa Bay's 5-1 win

Having great speed and Steven Stamkos can make life a lot easier.

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It was a night of reunions in New York City, but it was the Tampa Bay Lightning coming out on top against the New York Rangers with a 4-1 win at Madison Square Garden.

Ryan Callahan scored two goals in his first game back in New York since being traded to Tampa Bay at the deadline last season in exchange for Martin St. Louis.

Steven Stamkos had a highlight goal and assisted on both of Callahan's goals to help lead Tampa Bay to their second straight win. Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn also had a goal each. Ben Bishop stopped 15 shots.

St. Louis had New York's lone goal and Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves.

3 Things We Learned

1. Tampa Bay's top line is not to be messed with. Stamkos, Callahan, and Valtteri Filppula helped create three goals. Filppula sprung Stamkos for a breakaway goal in the second period after he was gifted a pass from Rangers forward Rick Nash. Stamkos and Callahan had it all working together as Stamkos set up Callahan on two separate nice plays to make things happen. His pass on Callahan's power play goal in the first was outstanding and the steal he made on his second showed he can do more than just score great goals.

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2. Speed kills and the Lightning have it in bunches. Through the entire game, Tampa was beating the Rangers to puck all game. The Rangers attempted often to try and force the play on the Lightning by pinching a defenseman or making a more high-risk play and it seemed to burn them all night long. Speed also makes it so one quick misread can turn into a goal.

Kucherov's goal in the first period happened because John Moore thought the forward who was shadowing Kucherov was staying with him. He didn't and Moore was already too far out of position to catch Kucherov who scored on a quick breakaway.

3. Maybe the Rangers should just burn the tape. That was about as bad of an effort you'll see out of the Rangers all season. In a game where there are three former teammates on the other team, you'd expect a sharper game. Instead, the Rangers only got 16 shots on goal and were a step slower all game and then there were bad decisions like Rick Nash's second period pass to the wrong team.


Even Lundqvist had a tough night even in spite of the turnovers in front of him. They'll have to rebound quickly as they've got the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.