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NHL: N.Y. Rangers 5, Tampa Bay 2

Nov. 6, 2008 at 10:47 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The New York Rangers, led by Chris Drury's hat trick, skated to a 5-2 victory Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, ending their two-game skid.

The veteran center scored in a variety of ways -- shorthanded and unassisted in the second period, and twice on the power play in the third.

Right wing Ryan Callahan (power play) scored in the first and defenseman Marc Staal in the third.

Michal Rozsival and Nikolai Zherdev had two assists apiece, while goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves on 38 shots in the Rangers' third win over the Lightning this season.

Tampa Bay got one goal each from Martin St. Louis and Ryan Malone (power play).

Goalie Mike Smith surrendered five goals on 35 shots in the Lightning's second straight loss.

The clubs started the 2008-09 season with a two-game series in Prague, with New York winning both contests 2-1.

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