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New York Rangers fall to Florida Panthers in shootout (Highlights)

In Henrik Lundqvist’s 700th game with the club, the New York Rangers fall to Jaromir Jagr and the Florida Panthers at MSG.

  • New York Rangers 2 (13-5-1, 27 pts)
  • Florida Panthers 3 (10-8-1, 21 pts)
  • NHL, Final, SO, Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Sunday night in Manhattan wasn’t short of fanfare. This much was certain when Madison Square Garden and the New York Rangers organization honored the great Sam Rosen prior to the game.

Additionally, they also sent a shout out to Henrik Lundqvist for partaking in his 700th game with the organization. He became just the fifth goalie in NHL history to accomplish that feat with one team.

The stage was set for the Blueshirts. They couldn’t capitalize

After a scoreless OT, Aleksander Barkov’s incredible shootout goal just trickled past Lundqvist for the win.

The two regulation goal-scorers for New York were Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad. Kreider struck first in the opening period with this beauty of a wrist shot short-side:

With the game tied at one in the third, Mats Zuccarello threw a backhander at the net that deflected off Zibanjed’s skate:

Former Ranger Keith Yandle tallied his first goal of the season. It came through the power-play variety in the second-period:

Lundqvist was solid in stopping 27 of the 29 shots he faced. On the other side, James Reimer picked up 31 saves on 33 total shots by the Blueshirts.

The win propels New York to 14-5 with a quick turnaround time slated as they’ll take on Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Igloo on Tuesday night.

Game Notes:

Early in overtime, Zibanejad took a hard tumble into the boards behind Lundqvist. Play had to be stopped as it appeared to be a left ankle/leg injury. It did not look good.

Incredibly, this marked the first overtime game for the Rangers this season. Though they picked up a point, this marks the first time all season New York lost two straight games.

During OT, Zuccarello was a mad man. He did everything from control the puck to making great defensive plays.

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