By Bradley Walker, 1010 Sports

NEW YORK (CBS) Dominic Moore came through in a big way for the Tampa Bay Lightning last night. A backhanded goal from Moore tied the game late in the third period, then his lone goal in the shootout gave the bolts the 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers.

The needed win came after five consecutive losses for the Lightning, who seemed to be falling into the same trap when they conceded the first goal to Ryan Callahan to make it a 1-0 affair. Despite the early deficit, Tampa Bay remained persistent and overcame adversity to avoid a league-high sixth straight loss.

Martin St. Louis suffered facial injuries during the morning skate when Moore let a backhanded shot go wide, catching the face of St. Louis. Last night would have been Marty’s 500th consecutive game played, but Moore made up for the accident in more ways than one.

Ryan Malone tied the game at 11:23 in the second when he stole the puck from New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh in the Rangers’ zone and buried a wrister to even the score.

Artem  Anisimov gave the Rangers its second lead of the night thanks to some nifty passing from Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Zubinsky, but Anisimov’s goal celebration garnered most of the attention. After scoring, he used his stick to act like he was taking shots at the Lightning net, which turned out to be a terrible idea.

The foolishness resulted in 11 penalties overall and was arguably the biggest distraction that lost the Rangers this game. Moore’s late game heroics stole the show though, and he has to be feeling better about himself after the unfortunate injury he inflicted upon St. Louis.

Guy Boucher and the bolts got a good win last night, but they still have a tremendous amount of work to do. With more losses than wins, losing 5-of-6 and 10-points behind the first place Panthers in the Southeast division, consistency needs to be the word of the month for this squad.



  1. Kepha says:

    Bob, I respectfully gsiadree. We have not been provided any hard facts or actual numbers from Mica, MyRegion, CFRail or any other source. There are very few studies being circulated one important question not being answered, who will ride? Throwing out that widening I-4 will cost $1 billion dollars without actual data to back it up is as old as the idea. Chamber-speak I’m afraid. Furthermore, why would we need to widen the road if we developed RBT? (rapid bus transit)It’s working everywhere else in the country and designating a fast lane would surely attract ridership.Building mass transit that services everyone in regional Central Florida area is a better pursuit and commuter rail does not nor never will offer widespread service. Our current LYNX bus system which could’ve been built into a superior, state of the art mass transit system stinks b/c of inadequate funding and insufficient attention from lawmakers. Mica & DOT thumb their noses at bus transit. If we had a legitimate bus transit system, like many other major metros in the country, servicing different socio-economic levels (yep, that’s right, rich people ride luxury buses too) I might support commuter rail as a supplement. Heck, as it stands, bus service isn’t even being offered as a supplemental service to take riders to a station. What makes you think a region that won’t support bus system traffic nor can think outside the box to bring innovative smart bus to CF that is sprawled out for 100s of miles will support down the road mass rail running in a narrow straight line through a region spread 50 miles. Rail offers very limited service whereas buses could one day meet wide spread demand and furthermore, we OWN THE ROADS. Rails are an obsolete short-sighted proposal and I would appreciate it if politicians would be honest about the CSX deal corporate welfare. BTW Bob, what is your profession? It’s been very interesting to watch the players who expect to make money off rail line up in support. I have no financial ties to CSX or rail line development or any other project that will be directly impacted negatively or positively by rail.

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