NEW YORK – Jaromir Jagr lost some teeth but has found his scoring touch.
Jagr, whose mouth was bloodied earlier by an errant stick, fired in a one-timer with 9:15 left Monday night to give the previously punchless New York Rangers a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Jagr flashed a toothless grin on the bench shortly before ripping Michal Rozsival’s pass by goalie Johan Holmqvist during a power play for his third of the season and second in two games.
Brendan Shanahan connected for another power-play goal 2:44 later, with assists from Jagr and Chris Drury, to seal New York’s second win in seven games (2-4-1). Nigel Dawes scored the first goal for the Rangers, who have scored an NHL-low 19 in 11 games.
Vincent Lecavalier netted his ninth on a second-period penalty shot, but the Lightning – 5-0-1 at home – fell to 0-4 on the road as they started a three-stop trip in the New York area.
Henrik Lundqvist rebounded from a 4-1 loss to Toronto on Saturday with a 21-save effort and allowed one goal or fewer for the fourth time in five games.
The only blemish Monday was Lecavalier’s goal.
Lecavalier was hooked from behind by defenceman Marek Malik just moments after Jagr skated to the bench, holding his mouth after getting clipped by a stick.
On the attempt, the sixth penalty shot of Lecavalier’s career, the talented centre skated down the middle as Lundqvist drifted in front of his crease. Lecavalier shifted the puck to either side of his stick before gliding right, going to his backhand and sliding a shot back between the goalie’s pads to tie it 1-1 at 6:28.
Dawes gave New York a 1-0 lead in the first with his third, all scored in the previous three games. With his back to the net, Dawes deflected defenceman Paul Mara’s shot from the left point between his legs and into the small gap between Holmqvist’s right skate and the post at 7:40.
Dawes, who has four career goals in 14 NHL games, scored both in New York’s 2-0 victory over New Jersey last Thursday – giving him three of the Rangers’ previous four goals.
Not exactly what they are looking for with a lineup that includes Jagr, Shanahan, and new high-priced forwards scorers Scott Gomez and Drury. That quartet combined for six goals in the first 10 games.
In the second period, Petr Prucha got his stick on a shot by Marc Staal, but the puck rang off the left post. Later in the frame, Mara got to the rebound of his shot in front and sent a backhander off the crossbar.
Then during a power play, that grew to a 5-on-3 advantage, Gomez also drilled the crossbar with 6:43 left in the period.
Holmqvist, who played four games with the Rangers after coming up in their system, stayed steady throughout and finished with 32 saves.
Lecavalier’s holding penalty wiped out the Lightning’s third power play of the game in the third period. They finished 0-for-4.
Notes: Lecavalier is 2-for-6 on penalty shots. Lundqvist has stopped three of five, including a save against Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal this season. … Lightning C Brad Richards played in his 500th NHL game. … The Rangers have killed 48 of 54 short-handed situations this season and 22 of their last 23. … Lightning D Dan Boyle made his season debut after missing nine games following wrist surgery.