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Rangers hit by Lightning

Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist in the decisive third period, lifting the weary Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory yesterday over the Rangers at New York.

St. Louis tied it on a breakaway during a power play 1:26 into the period, then helped set up Cory Sarich for the winner at 8:23.

Dave Andreychuk scored for the third straight game, tying it for the Lightning in the first.

Anson Carter scored for the third straight game for the Rangers, who lost for the third time in four games.

The Lightning followed up Saturday night's 3-1 win at Buffalo by winning their third game played in four days. The snowstorm in the Northeast forced the Lightning to stay in Buffalo Saturday and not come until New York until yesterday morning.

Tampa Bay's late offense lifted John Grahame (29 saves) to his fourth victory.

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Patrick Marleau and Nils Ekman each scored to keep host San Jose undefeated in its last six home games as the Sharks tipped the Dallas Stars, 2-1.

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Ziggy Palffy and Michael Cammaleri each scored two goals, pacing host Los Angeles to a 7-3 victory over Washington.

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Trevor Linden scored with 2:52 left in regulation, lifting Vancouver to a 1-1 tie with visiting Minnesota.

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Cory Cross and Shawn Horcoff scored early in the third period, and host Edmonton rallied to snap a season-worst winless streak of six games by beating Pittsburgh, 4-3.

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