Emotional night for Hall of Fame inductees
That's a pretty nice hockey unit taking their places in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Great scoring forwards Mike Modano and Peter Forsberg, standout defenceman Rob Blake, all-world goaltender Dominik Hasek, revered coach Pat Burns and just to maintain order, referee Bill McCreary. Your 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.
On a joyous and emotional night for all involved the evening belonged to the family of the late Pat Burns, with words from his wife Line and son Jason. The posthumous honour came to Burns after a standout 17-year NHL coaching career with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, and the New Jersey Devils where he finally won the Stanley Cup.
Sweet homecoming for Callahan
It was the first time back at MSG for former Rangers' captain Ryan Callahan. His successor with the 'C' in New York was the man for whom he was traded to Tampa Bay, Martin St. Louis, who was facing the Lightning for the first time since the March swap.
With fans alternating between cheering for him, and then booing when he was scoring against their Rangers, Callahan netted a pair of goals to lead the Lightning to their 13th win of the season, 5-1.
Stamkos adds to streak
Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos carried a five-game points streak into the game including three goals and three assists and he, too, was able to extend that, setting up Callahan's first period power play goal.
Stamkos added a goal of his own in the second as the Lightning built a 4-1 lead and then was back at it once again in the third period, stealing the puck behind the Rangers' net and then dishing to Callahan who was able to maneuver past Lundqvist for his second of the night and eighth of the season.
St. Louis a one-man gang
Martin St. Louis was one of the few good things going for the Rangers.
St. Louis had an early chance against Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop but his bid was turned away and the Lightning came back down the ice to score. Nikita Kucherov powered a shot past Henrik Lundqvist 6:50 into the game.
After his near-miss in the first period. St. Louis connected on a power play goal just 32 seconds into the second period, bringing the home side within a goal. But that was as close as they'd come despite St. Louis's efforts. The smallish forward had five shots on goal out of the 16 the Blueshirts managed to direct at Bishop.