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NHL: New York Rangers 4, Tampa Bay 3 (OT)

Feb. 9, 2012 at 11:04 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Brad Richards scored with 2:23 to go in overtime Thursday, giving the New York Rangers a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay.

The Rangers won for the third time in four games, overcoming a third-period deficit after losing the lead in the second.

Goals by Vincent Lecavalier and Bruno Gervais gave the Lightning a 3-2 advantage in the middle period, but Brian Boyle tied it on a slap shot midway through the third.

Steven Stamkos opened the scoring for Tampa Bay with 1:04 to go in the first period with his league-leading 36th of the season.

Martin Biron had to make only 14 saves to get the victory. Mathieu Garon allowed four goals on 31 shots.

Richards' goal came on New York's first shot of the extra period. New York has defeated Tampa Bay in two of their three meetings this season.

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