Martin St. Louis scored twice and the Tampa Bay Lightning got three power-play goals last night during a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Vaclav Prospal and Ben Clymer also scored for the surprising Lightning, off to the best start in franchise history at 4-0-1. Nikolai Khabibulin made 18 saves.
"We came together at the end of last year and it carried over," Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk said. "It's time to play -- I can see it in the room."
St. Louis scored his fifth goal of the season off his own rebound at 3 minutes 40 seconds of the third period to make it 4-2. St. Louis spun around in front of goalie Mike Richter, who replaced Dan Blackburn at the start of the period. Richter stopped the shot, but St. Louis put home the rebound.
Prospal converted his own rebound on a power play at 14:56 of the second period to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead.
St. Louis scored a power-play goal at 7:39 of the second to make it 2-2. Khabibulin sent a nifty outlet pass to Dan Boyle, who sprung St. Louis on a breakaway with a great neutral zone pass. St. Louis used slick stickwork to beat Blackburn from close range.
"We kind of caught them on a change," St. Louis said. "Khabibulin made a great pass."
* CANUCKS 5, SHARKS 2: Markus Naslund scored three goals in less than seven minutes of the second period to propel Vancouver to a win on the road.
Brendan Morrison had a goal and two assists during the Canucks' five-goal outburst in the first 7:14 of the second. Naslund started his eighth career hat trick 31 seconds into the period, and finished it with an unassisted score after stealing Mike Rathje's pass behind the net.
* RED WINGS 4, FLAMES 0: Curtis Joseph made 24 saves for his first shutout with host Detroit, which got two short-handed goals in the second period.
Chris Chelios, Kirk Maltby, Tomas Holmstrom and Darren McCarty scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Joseph earned his 37th career shutout.
Calgary fell to 2-3-1.
* PANTHERS 3, THRASHERS 2: Kristian Huselius scored two goals, including the game-winner with 1:27 left in the third period, to help Florida win at home.
Olli Jokinen also scored for Florida, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Yuri Butsayev and Ilya Kovalchuk scored for the Thrashers (0-5-0-1).
* BRUINS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Jozef Stumpel had a goal and two assists to spark visiting Boston.
Glen Murray, Hal Gill and Ivan Huml also scored for the Bruins, who went 4-1-1 on their season-opening trip.