Rangers win over Lightning; Tampa Bay still earns playoff berth

The puck shot by New York Rangers' Derek Stepan gets past Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, of Russia, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in New York. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK – Derek Stepan scored twice and set up Chris Kreider’s winner while rallying the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the playoff-bound Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Henrik Lundqvist withstood a 21-shot first-period barrage and finished with 39 saves as the Rangers won their second straight game. Mats Zuccarello added two assists for New York, which will be without captain Ryan McDonagh for the final week of the regular season because of an upper-body injury.

Andrej Sustr and Brian Boyle staked the Lightning to an early 2-0 lead, but they could not hold off the Rangers in the final two periods. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves for Tampa Bay, which earned its third straight playoff berth when Boston lost in a shootout to Carolina.


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