New York Rangers 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 3: A Bad Loss at the Garden (Highlights)
Mar 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates in front of New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

While they outshot the competition by a wide margin, Antti Raanta and the New York Rangers came up short against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Monday night at the Garden was just one of those strange, frustrating games for the New York Rangers and the paying audience.

Despite outshooting the competition 28-16, it was the Tampa Bay Lightning who came away with the 3-2 regulation victory.

Antti Raanta managed just 13 saves on those 16 shots he faced. The funny thing about it, though, was none of the goals could be classified as a “bad one.” On the other side, veteran Peter Budaj, who hasn’t experienced much NHL action over the last several years, received the spot start and was spectacular.

The first goal of the contest went to Rangers defenseman Steven Kempfer. It was his first on Broadway.

With New York down 2-1 late in the second, Michael Grabner collected his 27th goal of the season after capitalizing on the mistake:

The unexpected star of the night goes to Tampa youngster Brayden Point who not only came up with the game-winner with 6:39 to go in the game, but tallied two goals in total, his 10th and 11th of the campaign. Another youngster, Gabriel Dumont, was the other Bolts goal scorer.

Next up for the Rangers will be the Florida Panthers at the Garden on Friday night.

 NEXT: Antti Raanta Takes the Reins on Real Talk Rangers (Audio) 


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