New York Rangers
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Mika Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello lead the New York Rangers to a much-needed 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Robby Sabo

  • New York Rangers 5 (3-5-1, 7 pts)
  • Florida Panthers 2 (1-3-3, 5 pts)
  • NHL, East, Final, Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

Eighteen goals in eight games. This was the New York Rangers scoring total heading into their Tuesday night matchup against the Florida Panthers.

It’s been the buzz of the current time: how to fix the Blueshirts scoring woes?

For now, let’s scratch the idea as the team roared with five tallies in an impressive 5-2 victory at Madison Square Garden.

The man who led the way was Mika Zibanejad. Zibs, the team’s bonafide No. 1 center, tallied two goals and two assists en route to No. 1 star of the night honors.

After Vincent Trocheck put the road team on the board first—late in the first period—Zibanejad hit home the equalizer at the 3:10 mark of the second period while shorthanded.

Over seven minutes later, the other Z, Mats Zuccarello, tallied his first of the season. Yes, Sam (Rosen), it was a power-play goal.

Speaking of both Zs, each was nowhere near being done for the night. Zibanejad added another in the second period, again on the power play, while Zuccarello shocked the MSG broadcast off the face-off just 1:27 into the third period.

Recently rejuvenated defenseman Neal Pionk finished with two assists on the night in earning third-star honors.

Alexandar Georgiev earned the hard-fought victory after falling behind early. He looked stable all night in facing 38 total shots, stopping 36. The Rangers mustered just 22, blasting four past starter Michael Hutchinson.

Kevin Hayes added an empty-netter late to put it away. Jesper Fast could have attempted to cash in on the easy one but instead set up his center.

With a record of 3-5-1, the New York Rangers will take the show to the road for a four-game, nine-day road trip beginning with the tough Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]