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Lightning spoil coach Tortorella's debut against former team wire reports

TAMPA, Fla. -- John Tortorella tried to put his first game against his former team behind him in a hurry Friday night.

"We were simply outplayed tonight, from the top line to the goaltender," the intense coach said after his New York Rangers' 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"I'm not going to dissect the game tonight because we were outplayed and the best thing about tonight is we play tomorrow and we can push this one right out [of our minds]. We stunk tonight! It was an embarrassing loss! Let's leave it at that."

Tortorella, fired by Tampa Bay following the 2007-08 season, spent seven seasons with the Lightning, leading them to the 2004 Stanley Cup title.

Kurtis Foster had two goals, Steven Stamkos added his team-high 16th, and Marty St. Louis had three assists. Steve Downie and Paul Szczechura also scored, and Mike Smith made 26 saves, allowing only Ryan Callahan's late third-period goal.

"Smitty's played well for us," Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said. "He's really squaring the puck, and when he's quiet, he's really hard to get around."

Stamkos scored six minutes into the game, beating Henrik Lundqvist with a wrist shot off a pass from St. Louis. Rookie defenseman Victor Hedman also assisted on the goal.

"We played our best 60 minutes as a team in a long time," St. Louis said. "I think everybody backed each other whenever it got physical and we played together as a whole in every facet."

The Lightning added two power-play goals against a Rangers team that has the top-ranked penalty-killing unit in the NHL.

Foster scored on a slap shot in the first period, and Downie added his third goal of the season eight minutes into the second.

"We've wanted to keep Foster in the line up," Tocchet said. "He had a couple of goals, but he made some defensive plays down in the zone, too."

Foster, who has just three goals this season, didn't think the team's play had anything to do with Tortorella's presence, but the team stepped up after a poor performance against Toronto on Wednesday night.

"It wasn't much of Tortorella being in the building, but there were a lot of us not happy with the game against Toronto," Foster said. "We wanted to bring out A game tonight so we'd get the win."

Szczechura scored his first goal on the season on a second-chance shot, after picking up the rebound from James Wright's initial shot. Lundqvist gave up four goals on 22 shots before giving way to Steve Valiquette with seven minutes left in the second.

"This is very frustrating," Rangers left wing Sean Avery said. "A game like this frustrates us a lot."

Rangers defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti said the team had a hard time slowing down the Lightning's offense, adding the players had extra energy throughout the game.

"They came out hard from the start," Sanguinetti said. "I think they just wanted it more tonight."


  • Lightning D Matt Smaby was optioned to Norfolk for a conditioning assignment.
  • Lightning D Mattias Ohlund missed his second straight game because of a lower-body injury.
  • Rangers D Wade Redden was scratched Friday with a shoulder injury.
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A dejected Henrik Lundqvist skates off the ice after giving up four goals in the blowout loss.  (Getty Images)
A dejected Henrik Lundqvist skates off the ice after giving up four goals in the blowout loss. (Getty Images)
NY Rangers (13-11-1)0011
Tampa Bay  (10-6-7) «2215
Three Stars
M. St. Louis

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
K. Foster

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
M. Walker

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
06:54Steven Stamkos (16), Wrist Shot. Assist: St. Louis, Hedman
19:24Power Play - Kurtis Foster (2), Slap Shot. Assist: St. Louis, Lecavalier
08:05Power Play - Steve Downie (3), Tip-In. Assist: St. Louis, Stamkos
12:25Paul Szczechura (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Wright, Walker
08:24Kurtis Foster (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Konopka
17:53Short - Ryan Callahan (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Anisimov, Staal
Penalty Summary
03:24Avery, 2 min, Roughing
03:24Lecavalier, 2 min, Roughing
03:24Lecavalier, 2 min, Roughing
16:22Szczechura, 2 min, Tripping
17:32Kotalik, 2 min, Charging
20:00Hale, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Avery, 2 min, High-Sticking
06:28Anisimov, 2 min, High-Sticking
12:49Walker, 5 min, Fighting
12:49Boyle, 5 min, Fighting
12:08Boyle, 2 min, Boarding
12:08Boyle, 5 min, Fighting
12:08Konopka, 5 min, Fighting
12:08Konopka, 10 min, Misconduct
12:08Konopka, 2 min, Instigator
14:15Stamkos, 2 min, Holding
14:15Brashear, 10 min, Misconduct
14:15Brashear, 2 min, Roughing
14:15Walker, 10 min, Misconduct
Shots On Goal
New York99927
Tampa Bay1210931
Henrik Lundqvist32:25184
Steve Valiquette27:3381
Mike Smith60:00261
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Linesmen - Jonny Murray, Mark Shewchyk
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