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Nash scores go-ahead goal in Rangers' 3-2 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 2, 2013 at 10:04 pm •  Published: February 2, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Rick Nash got a key goal on a big-time play for the New York Rangers.

Nash scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Saturday night.

"It always feels good to score, but mainly it was the win that felt the best," Nash said.

The Rangers took a 2-1 lead on Nash's second goal of the season, coming at 3:04 of the third period. He skated in from the right wing boards, eluded Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman and jammed the puck past goalie Mathieu Garon.

"He's a great player," Hedman said. "He's got a lot of skills. So strong, so big."

Nash had six shots on goal.

"He's been in our offense the whole time he's been here," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "He's been around chances the whole time. It's nice for him to score a goal. You could sense that he was getting a little frustrated."

Carl Hagelin made it 3-1 with 5:13 to play with his first goal in 20 games. Derek Stepan also scored for New York.

Steven Stamkos scored both goals for the Lightning, who went 4-1 on a five-game homestand. The center, who cut the deficit to 3-2 with 21 seconds remaining, has seven goals and 16 points during a season-opening eight-game point streak.

"You look at the big picture, if you said we would have taken eight of a possible 10 points, we'd take that all the time," Stamkos said. "It's just frustrating because we realize the team that we have here, no one goes into a game expecting to lose."

Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier took a puck off his skate late in the third. The team said the center was being evaluated, but no other information was immediately available.

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