FINAL: Tampa Bay 4 Rangers 3

First Period:

  • PPG – Steven Stamkos (15) Slapshot – ASST: Valtteri Filppula (15), Ryan Callahan (9)
  • Mats Zuccarello (4) Wrist shot – ASST: Rick Nash (8)
  • PPG – Dan Boyle (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Derek Stepan (6), Derick Brassard (11)
  • PPG – Ryan Callahan (9) Tip-in – ASST: Jason Garrison (11), Steven Stamkos (11)

Second Period:

  • Ryan Callahan (10) Wrist shot – ASST: Steven Stamkos (12), Alex Killorn (4)

Third Period:

  • Nikita Kucherov (8) Tip-in – ASST: Tyler Johnson (16), Matthew Carle (3)
  • Rick Nash (15) Wrist shot – ASST: NONE

Stats:

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Adam’s Thoughts:

  • Until a stretch in the third period when they started to press, the Rangers didn’t have the puck enough tonight. This wasn’t as bad as the normal trips to Tampa around Thanksgiving and wasn’t as bad as last Monday, but it wasn’t good enough.
  • Dan Boyle looked the most comfortable he has with the puck since returning from his injury. He scored, had some good chances, hit the cross bar and Joe Micheletti said he was the most dangerous Ranger on the ice. Hopefully this is the start of things to come because it was an encouraging game.
  • You would probably expect Lee Stempniak to return on Friday against the Flyers and Jesper Fast to sit.
  • We are in the home stretch of the Rangers not having Ryan McDonagh in the lineup. Sam Rosen said on the air tonight that he was treating Stempniak like a “tackling dummy” this morning during their skate.
  • They get right back at it on Friday and then Saturday against the Flyers. If they play those two games like they did last week against the Flyers they shouldn’t have a problem.

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Recap: Marty St. Louis with Sam Rosen (Updates)

Marty St. Louis8:16PM: St. Louis joined John Giannone during the first intermission and said:

  • On the first period, “it was a high pace game. Their PP is really good but for the most part we answered, physical period, up and down and we will just try to stick with it.”
  • On the tribute, “Today is a day of closure for me. I was touched by the standing ovation and I want to give them the proper thank you, they deserve it.”
  • On Dan Boyle, “it’s a big thing that he gets going and a big addition to our team. For him to get going, he brings a lot of offense to our team whether he puts up points or not. He is big in transition, a playmaking player and we are glad to have him.”

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Read: Wanting to play well for Marty St. Louis tonight and needing the two points

Marty St. Louis7:05PM: Dan Boyle said on MSG “We want to play hard for him….there may be some boos but everyone here loves Marty”

1:14PM: Henrik Lundqvist said that the Rangers want to do whatever they can to make tonight a memorable nigh for Marty St. Louis in his return to Tampa Bay. (Daily News)

He said that more importantly the Rangers need the points and they want to come in and bounce back after Tampa “ran us over” at MSG last week. (Daily News)

Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers are going to want play a strong game for Marty but picking up the two points is the most important thing. (NYR)

Vigneault said that everyone knows that Marty will be emotional tonight and will want to do well for him but “at the end of the day” the goal for the Rangers is to find a way to win and gain two points. (NYR)

Read: Marty St. Louis on the timing of his trade to New York and his family

Marty St. LouisMarty St. Louis spoke with Rick Peckham of the NHL Network on Tuesday and spoke about the timing and reasons for his decision to come to the Rangers last year.

St. Louis said, “I always felt that I would maybe try to finish my career in New York. I didn’t think I would still be playing as late in my 30s and a successful player. It almost….my kids were getting older, their hockey they were traveling so much out of state, especially my older one. It was just…now it was….my second child is now getting older and be traveling to and it’s just impossible to manage all of that. I just felt that it was the right time. This is the time, if we don’t do it now, who knows if we will do it. Looking back, it was a big part of the reason, getting the kids somewhere we could manage their activities a lot better.” (NHL.com)

St. Louis reportedly requested a trade to the Rangers in 2009.

He has mentioned family before as a big reason for why he wanted to come to the Rangers.

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Read: The Rangers and what going on the road could do for them

RANGERS121So far this season the Rangers have played 14 games at home and 6 on the road.

Last year the Rangers were 25-14-2 on the road, setting a franchise record for wins on the road.

Dave Maloney said during the game last Monday against that the Rangers need a “good long road trip. They have been home the whole start of the season, it’s a group that needs something to just get some cohesion.”

Marty St. Louis said that the Rangers trip to Tampa feels like their first road trip of the season, “we haven’t been gone much, a game here, a game there, short trips, 1 hour flights. A lot of nights at home which is nice and great for y family.” (NHL.com)

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Read: The Rangers annual Thanksgiving Trip to Tampa/Usually one of their worst games of the year

Six times since 2003 the Rangers have traveled to Tampa Bay to play the Lightning in the days immediately leading up to or right after Thanksgiving.

The Rangers won in 2003 (2-0), 2007 (2-1) and 2008 (3-2) but have lost the last three times 2009 (5-1), 2010 (5-3) and 2013 (5-0).

Alain Vigneault said that last year’s game against Tampa was a “lovefest” for Marty St. Louis and a game where the Rangers didn’t hit anyone.

In the 2010 loss, John Tortorella said that the Rangers were “brain dead” and couldn’t make a pass.

Practice: Ryan McDonagh and Lee Stempniak on the ice/not playing tonight

Ryan McDonagh2:40PM: McDonagh said that he is still working to get his conditioning back but feels that he keeps progressing. He said that he will practice with the team tomorrow and see what happens from there. (Ranger Rants)

11:40AM: Alain Vigneault said today that the Rangers won’t play McDonagh until they get clearance that he is 100%. (NYR)

The Rangers are hoping McDonagh can play one of the two games against the Flyers (Giannone) and that Thursday’s practice will help determine the timeline. (Gross)

11:31AM: The group of Rangers who are not playing tonight are on the ice this morning in Tampa Bay.

Lee Stempniak, Ryan McDonagh and Cam Talbot are skating which indicates that the Rangers will stay with the same lineup that has won the past two games. (Leonard)

McDonagh is expected to play for the Rangers in the next week.