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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Ryan Callahan enjoyed many nights like this one at Madison Square Garden. The only difference this time was his sweater was white instead of home blue.Callahan scored two goals in his first game against his former New York Rangers teammates, and the surging Tampa Bay Lightning rode another big offensive outburst to a 5-1 victory Monday night.A popular Rangers captain not long ago, Callahan netted the second of Tampa Bays two first-period goals and then closed the scoring with 2:51 left in the game.I was excited to get the opportunity to go out there and play again in front of this crowd, he said.While there were Jerseys with his name on the back and familiar C on the front, Callahan heard boos early when he touched the puck. Those turned to cheers around 7 minutes in when a video tribute to him and fellow former Rangers Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman, with the message Thanks for the memories. We salute you, was shown.They didnt have to do that, Callahan said. Thats the Rangers organization. It shows how classy they are. The fans cheering — that shows how classy they are.The win helps, but I really enjoyed my first time back here.The warm reception reverted to boos as the Lightning improved to 12-0 when Callahan scores since he was acquired in the captain-swap trade that sent Martin St. Louis to New York on March 5.Tampa Bay increased its NHL-leading goal total to 71. Nikita Kucherov also scored in the opening frame, and Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn had goals in the second after New York closed to 2-1.Stamkos also had two assists, as did Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Valtteri Filppula. Ben Bishop made 15 saves on New Yorks season-low 16 shots.Im glad I was able to get the puck to Cally, Stamkos said. You keep working, you keep getting rewarded. Thats how we look at every game. Im just happy. This is a great feeling for all of us.The Lightning (13-4-2), one point behind Eastern Conference-leading Montreal, are 8-1-1 in their past 10.St. Louis, the Lightnings career points leader, scored a power-play goal in the second period for the Rangers, 1-3-2 in their last six. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 shots.You can live with yourself losing a game you know you played the right way, said St. Louis, who was a minus-4. I dont know how we can live with that one.Inconsistency has crept into the game of the defending Eastern Conference champions, and they are troubled by it.I am concerned, Lundqvist said. We just have to keep talking about it in practice and believe in each other and stay positive. We know its there. We showed it.The Lightning grabbed a two-goal lead in a span of 7:30 in the first period.Just after Bishop stopped St. Louis on a chance in front, the Lightning got on the board at the other end.Johnson sent a crisp pass that sent Kucherov in alone on Lundqvist. He flipped a shot that hit Lundqvist but found its way between the goalies pads as he was falling backward at 6:50.It was Kucherovs seventh goal — all in the past 12 games — and his 14th point in that span. Johnson has 19 points in 16 games.Callahan doubled the lead during a power play on the Lightnings fourth shot.Stamkos deftly worked the puck low from the left circle and found Callahan alone at the right post with a pass for a slam shot that Lundqvist had no chance to stop. Callahan has four goals and five assists in his past six games.The Rangers (7-7-4) received their first power play in the final minute of the first period and it carried into the second. St. Louis cut the deficit to 2-1 just 32 seconds in when his shot from the right side was accidentally steered into the net from the crease by Lightning defenceman Jason Garrison.New York had a two-man power play in the second, but couldnt take advantage.Its very tough to explain, frustrated coach Alain Vigneault said. We had a good start. They scored that goal and seemed to get momentum. We had a good start in the second, forced them into a few penalties, and then they scored.Other than the start to both periods, everything in between was just a total disaster.Tampa Bay broke it open when Stamkos and Killorn scored 4:34 apart late in the second, shortly after a Lightning goal was waved off because Killorn interfered with Lundqvist.NOTES: Stamkos has a six-game point streak, with four goals and four assists. ... St. Louis hadnt played against the Lightning since Jan. 8, 2000, when he was with Calgary. He has scored against every NHL team. Justin Hunter Titans Jersey Cyber Monday . Paolo Lorenzi of Italy also advanced, beating Colombias Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2, 6-1. The top four seeded players, who received byes into the second round, are Fabio Fognini (1) of Italy and three Spaniards -- Tommy Robredo (2), Nicolas Almagro (3) and Marcel Granollers (4). Curley Culp Jersey Black Friday . -- Unselfish offence, tenacious defence. http://www.titansfanaticsgear.com/nike-ryan-succop-navy-blue-Jersey/ . Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Saturday night. Michael Griffin Titans Jersey Cyber Monday . The 25-year-old Tadic is the first signing of the summer by new manager Ronald Koeman. He will replace outgoing captain Adam Lallana as the creative threat in Southamptons midfield. Eddie George Jersey Black Friday .Togo football president Gabriel Ameyi was detained in connection with a business transaction, federation official Toussa Komi Gabriel said, adding that the arrest had nothing to do with his running of the football body.Toronto FC enter their busiest month of the Major League Soccer season sitting in a great position. With 20 points from their first 12 matches they are fourth in the Eastern Conference. They are within striking distance of the summit, with multiple games in hand on the teams above them as they head to the Windy City to face the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night, live on TSN and TSN Radio 1050. The Reds conceded a late goal to drop a couple of points in New York on Friday in their first game back from the World Cup break, but the 2-2 draw at Red Bull Arena extended their unbeaten run to five matches, their longest run without a defeat in almost two years. It is six years since the only other time Toronto FC managed to take 20 points from their first 12 matches. Last year it took until their 22nd match to reach that mark. So there is much to be positive about as the Reds look to climb the standings during a hectic month ahead. The form: During their five match unbeaten run, Toronto FC have won three home games and drawn twice away from home. Both of their ties on the road came against teams that are expected to be challenging for the playoffs come the end of the season. First, they showed resilience to fight back late in the game despite being a man down at defending champions Sporting Kansas City, and then last Friday the late goal went against them as they drew 2-2 in New York. For far too many seasons in Major League Soccer, Toronto FC have traveled away and shown very little ability to collect points. But things have changed. Yes there have been a couple of dismal days this season like the defeat at Real Salt Lake, but there have also been wins at Seattle and Columbus as well as the recent draws. This is a team that now has the quality and belief to go anywhere in MLS and get a positive result. The Big Question: Will Jermain Defoe keep scoring? Defoe now has eight goals in nine MLS appearances and theres no reason to believe his goal-scoring touch will disappear anytime soon.  Toronto FC paid mega bucks to sign him from Tottenham Hotspur in January, and so far Defoe has been worth every cent. His movement and instinct in-front of goal is as good as any other player in Major League Soccer. He took his goal superbly against New York Red Bulls and has now scored in each of his last three matches. He has five goals in his last five MLS games. With Defoe on the pitch, Toronto FC are in every game. The Lineup: With Gilberto struggling with a hip flexor injury, it coulld be an unchanged lineup for Ryan Nelsens men.dddddddddddd. The Brazilian seems to be the only injury concern for Nelsen right now, and until Michael Bradley returns from the World Cup, the eleven against New York is pretty much as strong as it gets for Toronto. Dominic Oduro made his first start for the club against the Red Bulls following his move from Columbus and is likely to start against his former team. Oduro looked lively for the Reds and set up Defoe for TFCs first goal. With Collen Warner, Jonathan Osorio and Jackson completing the midfield, there is plenty of MLS experience. The mid-season additions of Warner and Oduro have really strengthened the Reds midfield. With Gilberto expected to miss out, Defoe and Moore should once again start as the pairing up front. The Opposition: Under new head coach Frank Yallop, it has been a slow start to the season for Chicago Fire. The former Canadian international joined the Fire at the end of last season but his side has found it tough to win games in the opening quarter of the year. They havent lost many, but they head into Wednesdays game sitting bottom of the Eastern Conference. The Fire have secured 14 points from 14 matches, with just two wins, but they have drawn eight times. They lost their final match before the World Cup break 3-2 at home to Seattle Sounders, and will now be without defender Jon Kennedy Hurtado who was sent off in that match. Chicago are without a win in their last four matches since securing impressive victories at New York (5-4) and home to Sporting KC (2-1). former Toronto FC forward Quincy Amarikwa is having a good season and is the Fires joint leading scorer along with rookie Harry Ship, who scored both goals in the loss to Seattle. Yallops team can also call upon Major League Soccers reigning MVP Mike Magee. The Odds: The history books are on Chicagos side. Toronto FC are without a win in their last eight matches against the Fire dating back to May 2010, and the Reds have never won in Chicago on their seven previous visits. In fact, in 16 all-time meetings, TFC have won just three times. But if there was ever a time for Toronto to put things right in Chicago, it is now. Torontos road form is much improved over past seasons and the Fire have been inconsistent so far this season. However, the wise money would be on a scoring draw. 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