New York Rangers defeat Tampa Bay Lightning, 8-2

Rangers 8, Lightning 2 This past weekend was one of the rare times in which more than one Ranger admitted to feeling the heavy pressure of their scoring woes.

You know what they say about contents under pressure.

The Rangers' almost stunning goal explosion continued last night with a second straight rout on Garden ice, this one an 8-2 thumping of a Lightning team that had played the night before in Raleigh. The Rangers had eight different goal scorers for the first t...

1. Blackhawks (34-12-4; last week: 1)Tuesday's loss in Ottawa, in the words of Duncan Keith, "was just one of those nights where we weren't competing and we weren't skating" – though there haven't been many of those for a Hawks team that entered the game 8-1-1 in the previous 10 and is three games into circling the continent on an eight-game road trip.

2. Sharks (33-10-8; LW: 4)Patrick Marleau rolls along, with nine goals in 10 games in the New Year, boosting him into t...

John Tortorella rarely has "rolled four lines," instead leaning heavily on his top players to log heavy minutes.

But rare blowout wins in the last two games have enabled the Rangers to spread out the playing time across 12 forwards. The so-called fourth unit of Sean Avery, Brian Boyle and Aaron Voros even has earned an expanded role, especially in Tuesday's 8-2 win over Tampa Bay.

"When we put that fourth line together, and I don't want to call it a fourth line, but ...