Chytil scores winner in season debut for Rangers against Lightning


  • Filip Chytil scored in his first game of the season and Adam Fox scored his first NHL goal as part of four unanswered goals from the New York Rangers in a 4-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.
  • Chytil, who played 75 games as a rookie with the Rangers last season, was called up from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Monday to replace Mika Zibanejad in the lineup.
  • Zibanejad missed the game and is day to day with an upper-body injury.

“I just needed to find my game,” said Chytil, who had nine points (three goals, six assists) with Hartford. “Finally, I’m here and I can play here.”

  • Kaapo Kakko scored his second goal of the season, his first on the power play, Ryan Strome had a goal and an assist, and Alexandar Georgiev made 29 saves for the Rangers (4-5-1).

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy made 38 saves and Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning (5-4-2), who played the final two periods without defenseman Victor Hedman and forward Pat Maroon.

  • Micheal Haley and Patrick Maroon dropped the gloves.
  • The two ended up fighting what was a spirited tilt, then Haley drops Maroon.
  • The Lightning forward was forced to leave the game after the fight.

  • Hedman was ruled out with a lower-body injury and coach Jon Cooper said he wasn’t sure if he would be able to play at the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.
  • Maroon sustained an upper-body injury in a fight with Micheal Haley at 1:56 of the first period and didn’t play again.
  • The Lightning were already playing without center Anthony Cirelli, who missed the game with an upper-body injury.

“It hurt us in the end,” Cooper said. “When you lose two guys early it just disrupts a lot of things. We were, I thought, in control of the game in the first and a lot of the second, and I think our legs got a little weary in the end.”

  • Cooper said there’s a good chance the Lightning will have to recall players from Syracuse of the AHL prior to playing the Devils.

“I’m not upset with our game,” Cooper said. “It was just tough the way it unfolded a little bit tonight. We have better in us, but we were battling. We lost a few battles we normally win in the ‘D’ zone. Maybe we weren’t as aggressive as we’ve normally been, but the guys gamed it out. It’s just we were short.”


  • The Rangers had seven players 21 years old or younger in the lineup, including Kakko (18), Chytil (20) and Fox (21).
  • It was the third time in team history and first since Dec. 16, 1976 that they used seven players 21 or younger in the same game. …
  • Lindgren replaced Marc Staal, who was a healthy scratch because of a coach’s decision for the first time in his 13-year career with the Rangers. …
  • Former Rangers and Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi dropped the puck in a pregame ceremonial face-off between Kreider and Lightning captain Steven Stamkos.
Sources & Credits: Dan Rosen /, NY Rangers, TB Lightning
NHL Highlights | Lightning vs. Rangers – Oct. 29, 2019

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