The New York Rangers snuck past the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 3-2 score on Saturday, with Rick Nash coming through in a big way with the game-winning goal. Backup goaltender Martin Biron got the win in net, making 30 saves while Henrik Lundqvist got a much-needed night off. Steven Stamkos scored twice for the Lightning, who suffered just their second loss of the season.
Nash now has two goals in two games after a slow start to the season, a positive sign for a Rangers team that acquired the star winger from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the offseason. Derek Stepan also got his first goal of the season for the Rangers, who needed the win in a big way after being shutout by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. Despite having one of the most talented top lines in the NHL, goals have not come easy for the Rangers this season. The loss of Ryan Callahan takes away some of their secondary scoring, but the team has been fortunate to receive some offensive output from defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Marc Staal.
The Rangers have yet to score more than four goals in a single game, despite a loaded roster that features the offensive talents of Nash, Marian Gaborik, and Brad Richards. If Nash (who scored 30 goals for the Blue Jackets last season) is finally finding his groove in New York the team should be able to improve on their 4-4 record and work their way up in the Atlantic Division standings.