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No place like home: Lightning blank Rangers

Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - A return home was just what the Tampa Bay Lightning needed to reverse their recent fortunes, as Martin St. Louis and Teddy Purcell each scored twice to support a 37-save performance from Ben Bishop in a 5-0 drubbing of the New York Rangers that halted a four-game losing streak.

The Lightning went 0-3-1 on a just-completed trip to the West Coast, but delivered their sixth straight win on home ice behind Bishop's second shutout of the season.

Nikita Kucherov added a goal in his NHL debut, with St. Louis and Purcell each tacking on an assist to help Tampa Bay improve to 9-2-0 at Tampa Bay Times Forum this season.

"First of all, he's not afraid to shoot the puck," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of Kucherov. "And you've got a good chance of scoring when you shoot. That will not be the last goal that kid will score in the NHL."

The Rangers had a string of six consecutive road victories halted and saw star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist pulled after two periods upon allowing four goals on 22 shots.

"We didn't play that bad," said Lundqvist. "We made a few mistakes and paid for it. I wasn't able to come up with the saves."

Tampa Bay wasted little time in setting the tone, striking twice in the game's first three-plus minutes to put the Rangers in a quick hole.

Kucherov, recalled from Syracuse of the AHL on Sunday, made his initial NHL shot a memorable one by one-timing a behind-the-net feed from Purcell through Lundqvist's pads just 2:12 in.

With the teams skating on a 4-on-4 a mere 58 seconds later, St. Louis outraced New York defenseman Marc Staal to a puck dumped into the Ranger zone by Victor Hedman and beat Lundqvist on the resulting breakaway.

Bishop was exceptionally sharp as well early on, turning aside 17 shots during a busy opening session.

St. Louis again used his speed to extend the margin to 3-0 early in the second period, splitting a pair of defenders to take in a well-placed pass from Valtteri Filppula and sneaking the puck by Lundqvist while 1-on-1.

Purcell got into the act 3:08 prior to the second intermission, skating nearly the length of the ice following a Rangers' turnover and rocketing a wrister over Lundqvist's glove.

Bishop recorded 10 saves in the third period to finish off his fifth career shutout, and Purcell put the finishing touches on the rout with 1:01 left. Working a 2-on-1 with St. Louis, the forward jammed a backhander past Cam Talbot for his second tally of the night.

Game Notes

The Lightning had managed just six goals total over their four-game skid, while New York had allowed only eight goals during their six-game road streak ... Forward Ryan Malone (foot) and defenseman Radko Gudas (upper body) both sat out for Tampa Bay ... The Lightning improved to 11-1-0 when scoring the game's first goal and have scored 46 times in their 11 home outings ... Talbot registered two saves on three shots after replacing Lundqvist.

11/26 02:47:43 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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STL 7
 
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NYY 7
 
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MIN 3
TOR 5
 
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BOS 0
 
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KAN 4
 
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PHI 1
 
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STL 2
CHI 3
 
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