With the Rangers trailing the Lightning 3-2 and time running out in the third period, Blueshirts forward Brandon Dubinsky drove into the zone and took full advantage of defensive mistake by Lightning star Martin St. Louis. After getting past the fallen St. Louis, Dubinsky fired a shot past goalie Mathieu Garon and up into the top right corner to ensure the Blueshirts would take at least one point out of Tampa.
The goal was extra sweet for Dubinsky---who had been benched for much of Thursday's 3-2 win in Carolina and then called out for more production by head coach John Tortorella prior to Friday's contest in Tampa. Dubinsky responded in positive fashion, not only scoring the tying goal, but playing a very strong all-around game on Friday night---earning praise from his coach and teammates afterwards.
"Like I told you, I love the guy," Tortorella said of Dubinsky after the game Friday. "If we want to continue to improve as a hockey club, he needs to be a part of this. I'm happy the way he answered (tonight). He shut his mouth tonight. He sat on the bench and when I put him on he gets an opportunity and scores a big goal. That's good, and I hope he grows off of that."
Teammate Brad Richards added, "We as teammates always want people to bounce back from situations, and he scored a big goal for us and played good all night."