On a special night for team captain Marty St. Louis, the Tampa Bay Lightning did not disappoint in a dominant 5-0 shutout of the New York Rangers. St. Louis, being recognized for his 1,000th career NHL game, tallied up two goals and an assist in the Lighting win. Nikita Kucherov, the highly rated prospect, also had a goal for the Lightning in his first ever game on his first ever shift. Goalie Ben Bishop also returned to early season form stopping all 37 shots he faced. Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist had no such luck as he was pulled out of the game at the start of the third period.
With the win, the Lightning improved to 15-8-1 on the season and will now look forward to Wednesday night when former captain Vinny Lecavalier makes his return to Tampa Bay this time as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.
As the Lightning homestand continues the team will turn to the same things that brought them success Monday night when facing two teams in the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins that have been very streaky the last couple weeks. It is expected Bishop will get the start for the Lightning in both games and that scorer Tom Pyatt will make his return sometime towards the end of the week. The return of Pyatt is very important as the Lightning recently lost Ryan Malone to injury.
As the Lightning look for more offensive scoring from both the young talent and experienced veterans, it must rely heavily on solid goaltending to stand a chance against two very physical teams as the homestand rolls on.