Ryan Malone scored a pair of goals against the Rangers as Tampa Bay handed New York a 5-3 defeat on Wednesday at St. Pete Times Forum.
Tampa Bay was favored by -135 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 5.5.
Ryan Malone (2), Brett Clark, Steven Stamkos, and Victor Hedman each scored for the Lightning in the victory. Malone opened the scoring for Tampa Bay, finding the back of the net at 7:06 of the first period. The goal was assisted by Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis.
Mike Smith turned in a 17-save effort for the Lightning.
Steve Eminger, Brian Boyle, and Derek Stepan scored for the Rangers, finding the net behind Mike Smith.
New York got a 29-stop effort from Henrik Lundqvist in the loss.
On the power play, Tampa Bay went 3-for-6, while the Rangers were 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
Tampa Bay outshot New York 34-20 in the game.
Next game, Tampa Bay takes its act on the road to face Washington looking for another win. For New York, they head on the road to face Florida.