The Tampa Bay Lightning finally beat the Detroit Red Wings.
Chris Gratton and Darcy Tucker scored within 66 seconds early in the third period last night to lead the Lightning, the NHL's worst team the past two seasons, to a surprising 3-2 victory over the Red Wings in Tampa.
Tampa Bay snapped a 10-game winless streak (0-9-1) against Detroit with its first victory since Jan. 12, 1994. The last time the Lightning beat the Red Wings at home was Nov. 11, 1992, ending a nine-game (0-8-1) winless drought.
Gratton scored a rebound goal to break a 1-1 tie 55 seconds into the third period during a two-man advantage. Tucker added his goal just seconds after the power play ended.
Detroit's Steve Yzerman scored his 48th career short-handed goal. The veteran center has 1,493 points and moved within one point of tying former Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux for seventh place on the career list.
Tampa Bay, which scored six straight goals in a 7-4 win in Pittsburgh Saturday night, got 31 saves from goalie Kevin Hodson in his first start of the season.
"To come back from three goals and beat Jaromir Jagr and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh was a big boost to our team," Hodson said. "It carried over tonight and we played with a lot of intensity. It's a great, great feeling."
RANGERS 3, BLACKHAWKS 1: Kirk McLean stopped 23 shots as the Rangers snapped a seven-game winless streak with the road win.
Mike York, Petr Nedved and Adam Graves each scored for New York, which had gone 0-5-2 since beating Atlanta Oct. 17.
Wendel Clark connected early in the third period for Chicago, which remained winless (0-5-3) at home.
Entering the game, McLean was 1-7-1 with a career goals-against average of 4.99 against the Blackhawks. But he enjoyed strong defensive support and benefited from sloppy passing and offensive execution by Chicago.
The Rangers took a 2-0 lead midway through the first period on goals by York and Nedved. York chipped a soft shot past goaltender Steve Passmore from the left circle at 5:09 that was set up when Tim Taylor forced Sylvain Cote into a turnover. Nedved sprinted in alone and beat Passmore with a high backhander at 8:58.
After a scoreless second period, Clark got the Blackhawks on the board at 3:45 of the third period when he deflected Anders Eriksson's shot from the left point between McLean's pads. Set up by Fleury, Graves made it 3-1 from the edge of the crease with 8:43 left in regulation.
MIGHTY DUCKS 3, OILERS 1: Teemu Selanne celebrated his 500th NHL game with a goal and an assist and Guy Hebert tied a season high with 37 saves as Anaheim won at home.
Marty McInnis and Matt Cullen also scored for the Mighty Ducks, whose 7-6-2 start is the best ever for a franchise that has lost all seven of its season openers.
BLUES 6, CANUCKS 1: Michal Handzus and Mike Eastwood scored two goals each as St. Louis beat host Vancouver for the 10th straight time.
Pavol Demitra and Pierre Turgeon had a goal and an assist each for the Blues.