Two goals from Kevin Shattenkirk overcame some sloppy defense and powered New York Rangers to a big 5-4 overtime victory over the Panthers.
- New York Rangers 5 (6-7-2, 13 points)
- Florida Panthers 4 (4-7-2, 10 points)
- NYR Goals: Nick Holden (1), Kevin Shattenkirk 2 (4), Michael Grabner (5), Rick Nash (3)
- FLA Goals: Colton Sceviour 2 (3), Keith Yandle (2), Vincent Trocheck (6)
- NHL, Final (OT), Box Score
- BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL
Kevin Shattenkirk’s two goals—including the game-winner in overtime—allowed the New York Rangers to continue building upon their stunning win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
This game was reminiscent of an emotional roller coaster, with teams exchanging leads as the speed of the game would increase as time went on. A tremendous amount of shots got through from the point, though there were a couple of goals scored in close.
The first period was played at a quick, yet disciplined pace, with both teams going back and forth. The play was even on both ends as well, as shots on goal were 12-10 in favor of the Rangers.
The second period was a bit of a different story. The Panthers started the period by attacking, jumping out to an early 5-1 lead in shots in the period.
At about 3:11 into the second period, Colton Sceviour struck, tipping the puck just over Henrik Lundqvist shoulder for the first goal of the game. The goal was off a bad turnover by Michael Grabner, who tried to clear the puck out of the zone in the New York Rangers’ slot. The puck was knocked down to Michael Haley, who outworked Steven Kampfer and got the puck Sceviour. As Marc Staal watched, Sceviour would roof the puck over Lundqvist and propel Florida to a 1-0 lead.
The Rangers would quickly respond. Off a feed from Jesper Fast, Ryan McDonagh fired a shot from the point, only for it to be deflected off the leg of a Panthers forward. The shot trickled to the right side of the point to Rangers defenseman Nick Holden, who blew a slap-shot by a disoriented Roberto Luongo.
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Quickly after Holden’s goal, Rick Nash jumped on a puck that slipped behind the Florida defense and broke in alone to the net. Despite missing wide, an interference call was made behind the play, drawn by Mats Zuccarello for the first power play of the game.
After continued pressure by the Rangers, Florida struck off of an awful turnover by Kevin Shattenkirk, a player who has had tremendous issues defensively for the Rangers this season. More poor defense forced Lundqvist to make a couple of great saves but Sceviour, again, buried the puck under Lundqvist’s pads for his second of the game, making the score 2-1.
After a couple of uneventful power plays by both teams, Shattenkirk would redeem himself by taking a wrist shot from the point. The shot would find its way through traffic in front and tie the game at 2-2.
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The Panthers received a power play early in the third period, which the Rangers killed off. At the immediate conclusion of the penalty kill, Jesper Fast, with great awareness, made a beautiful saucer pass after a takeaway to Michael Grabner. The speedy forward made a beautiful deke to the forehand and buried the shot for his fourth goal in the last five games to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.
Grabner from Jesper to give NYR a 3-2 lead pic.twitter.com/jjdxYdAms0
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Former Ranger Keith Yandle made sure that lead wouldn’t last, as he released a knuckleball from the point that would float over Lundqvist’s shoulder, tying the game once again, this time at 3-3.
At 11:25 in the third period, Ryan McDonagh would fire a slapper from the point, which would be deflected by “snakebitten” Rick Nash into the net for his third goal of the year, to once again break the tie and put the Rangers ahead 4-3.
After Florida pulled Luongo, Vincent Trocheck sped into the Rangers zone and beat Lundqvist with a hard wrister to tie the game, 4-4, with 1:56 left in the third.
After a hard-fought game, the Rangers and Panthers would go to overtime.
Miller would again start an odd-man rush up the ice with a perfect pass to Nash, who had Shattenkirk opposite him on a two-on-one. He fed Shattenkirk with a beautiful pass, and the defensemen fired a wrist shot past Luongo for the overtime win.
Another emotional win in Florida gives the Rangers three victories in a row. It looks like things could be starting to turn around. Next up is the Columbus Blue Jackets, who come into Madison Square Garden on Monday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.