NEW YORK -- Carl Hagelin scored twice and Arron Asham scored his first goal as a New York Ranger to lead the Rangers to a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.
Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash also scored for New York, which moved over .500 for the first time this season.
Dan Girardi had two assists while Nash, Hagelin, Marc Staal and Ryan McDonagh also had assists for the Rangers.
Vincent Lecavalier scored for Tampa Bay, with assists to Victor Hedman and Alexander Killorn, who made his NHL debut after getting called up from AHL affiliate Syracuse. The Lightning (6-5-0) lost for the third straight time while the Rangers (6-5-0) won their third game in their last four and beat Tampa Bay for the second time in the past eight days.
Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves for the Rangers while Mathieu Garon made 16 stops while giving up three goals before getting pulled for Anders Lindback. Lindback made 11 saves while giving up the goals to Asham and Nash.
Trailing 3-0 and frustrated by several impressive saves by Lundqvist to that point, Tampa Bay finally broke through at the 14:42 mark of the second. Lundqvist put back a slapshot by Hedman and a wrist shot from Killorn, but Lecavalier shot it past the goalie's left side to cut the Lightning's deficit to 3-1.
But Asham all but locked up the game for New York at the 12:22 mark of the third period when he put one past Lindback's glove side for a 4-1 lead. Nash scored with 8.3 seconds left for his third goal of the season.
Hagelin scored his second goal at the 9:58 mark of the second period, giving the Rangers a 3-0 lead and prompting Tampa Bay to pull Garon for Lindback.
Hagelin skated in with defenseman Eric Brewer in pursuit and nudging his stick out, but the Rangers winger shot the puck through Garon's legs.
Callahan gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead at the 15:13 mark of the second period after stealing the puck on a bad pass from Tampa Bay defenseman Matt Carle in the neutral zone.
Callahan was all alone against Garon and deked the Lightning goalie into sprawling onto the ice, faking left before shooting right for the two-goal lead.
The Lightning took a 51/2-hour bus trip to New York on Saturday after their game against the Boston Bruins was canceled that afternoon due to the winter storm that hit the Northeast.
Tampa Bay was not greeted warmly at the Garden, as the Rangers scored 31 seconds into the game as Hagelin poked the puck in past Garon after Nash hit a blast for a 1-0 lead.
NOTES: Girardi returned to the lineup after missing two games due to an undisclosed injury. Rangers coach John Tortorella said Girardi would make an impact because "he's our anchor. I mean, he's a shutdown guy." ... Rangers center Brian Boyle was a healthy scratch for the second straight game, with Tortorella saying the move was a product of young players playing well and finding ice time for offseason acquisitions. "I didn't want to take someone out to force Brian in," Tortorella said, adding that Boyle "is going to be a big part of the team. He's just got to wait his turn now." ... Killorn had scored 38 points this season, with 16 goals, for Syracuse. Tampa Bay sent forward Dana Tyrell to Syracuse... MSG Network Rangers reporter John Giannone was back on the air, sporting a black eye and a scratched nose, but also a smile, after getting struck with a puck Thursday night.