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Panthers Wrap-Up: Rangers 4, Panthers 3

Campbell's two goals, Barkov's power play goal not enough as turnovers cost Panthers.

Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 10:42 PM / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  -
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Rangers 4, Panthers 3
Campbell\'s two goals, Barkov\'s power play goal not enough as turnovers cost Panthers.
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 1 1 0 3
Rangers 1 1 2 0 4
FLA - PPG - A. Barkov (4), B. Campbell (1), B. Campbell (2)
NYR - J. Miller (1), D. Dorsett (2), M. Zuccarello (2)

NEW YORK, NY —  ( - Brad Richards scored 46 seconds into the third and set up Mats Zuccarello's winner 6:30 later to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-3 win against the Florida Panthers Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

J.T. Miller and Derek Dorsett also scored for the Rangers (9-8-0), who have won three in a row. Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves..

"We're giving them the games. We're not unnecessarily losing them, we're giving them their goals and their chances. Turnovers hurt us. We all have to get on the same page and eliminate that, we're not going to have success.."

- Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell.
1. Good Pace: Despite playing the day before, the Panthers came out flying in the opening 20 minutes. In fact both teams had their scoring chances throughout the game as they traded them at a feverish pace. New York struck first and there was really little Tim Thomas could do. A turnover in the neutral zone allowed the Rangers to put on a passing clinic on the rush with JT Miller taking the cross ice feed from Chris Kreider and putting it into the wide open net at 9:49 of play.

2. The Gritty Goals: The gritty goals came following the nice goal to open it. First it was Florida finally breaking through on the power play late in the first as Aleksander Barkov banged home the rebound with 27 seconds remaining. Henrik Lundqvist had initally stopped Tom Gilbert and then Kris Versteeg before Barkov scored from just above the goal line. The Cats took the lead 11:20 in as Brian Campbell used a screen from Scottie Upshall, the post and Lundqvist's back to net his first of the season. The Rangers however answered back 2:38 later as Derek Dorsett worked his way out to the front of the net, took a check from Tom Gilbert and banged home his own rebound past Thomas.

3. Mistakes Too Much: A tied game after forty minutes of play, the Rangers changed that quickly thanks to a turnover. Dmitry Kulikov was stripped of the puck by Carl Hagelin in the defensive zone and the forward found Brad Richards across ice where he blasted it top shelf past Thomas just 46 seconds into the third. Penalties gave them a two-goal advantage as Versteeg and Kulikov went off for hooking and holding respectively 53 seconds apart. A knucklepuck of a shot by Mats Zuccarrello found a way through Thomas' arm at the 6:16 mark. Campbell would get the Panthers to within one with his second of the night as he pounced on a puck outside the crease, putting the puck in off the post with 7:03 to play but the Cats couldn't find the equalizer, even with a late power play opportunity and pulled goaltender.  
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@turbuLENTZ: Bjuggernaut on fire lately. Racking up the points. Another assist. @NBjugstad72 @FlaPanthers

@Vinman1348: Big win for @NYRangers!!! Gotta give those @FlaPanthers credit, they came to play.

@lanirod44: I hate to see the @FlaPanthers struggle like this. This is awful

@Vickey_G: oh @FlaPanthers please please please don't hit double digits on a losing streak :-( #please

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Kurt Doerries: Congratulations to Campbell! Wish the Cats could have a pulled out a win for him. We need to wake up.

Stephanie Iaboni: Panthers played a good game. I'm a rangers fan and am at the game, they played well. Looked a little lopsided in the first half of the third tho.

Stephen Watts: Good game. A few mistakes, but a move in the right direction.

Joe Fiore: I'll keep it simple. Stop losing.

Kunal Kapila: Panthers played well. Played well in Ottawa too. We will get better

2. Three Panthers players picked up multiple point games on the night. Brian Campbell netted his third career two goal game and second in a Panthers uniform (Oct. 19, 2013 vs Carolina) while forward Kris Versteeg and defenseman Tom Gilbert picked up two assists on the night.

3. Picking up the second assist on Campbell's third period goal, center Nick Bjugstad ran his point streak to three games (1-2-3).

12. The Panthers finally ended their power play drought, dating back to four games ago. After scoring to tie the game late in Washington on Nov. 2, Florida had failed to convert on 12 opportunities before Aleksander Barkov tied the game late in the first period.

75. Florida had a glorious chance to tie the game late but couldn't find the equalizer. Florida had a 6-on-4 opportunity thanks to a power play and extra attacker with the goaltender pulled for the final1:15 of play.

400. It was a crazy bounce but he'll take it for his first goal of the season. The second period goal to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead was also Campbell's 400th career NHL point.

Brad Richards
Gave the Rangers the lead for good with their third goal early in the third and then set up the game winner on the 5-on-3 power play.

1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Points, +1, 4 Shots, 19:05 TOI
Florida heads home but it will be a short stay as the Panthers will host the Ducks on Tuesday before heading back out on the road for a five game trip. Tuesday's meeting marks a battle between the two teams that started play 20 seasons ago. Anaheim is currently the best team in the league, having picked up 31 points in 19 games (15-3-1), including a 3-1 victory over Vancouver on Sunday. The high powered attack is led offensively by captain Ryan Getzlaf (22 points in 19 games) and Corey Perry (21 points in 19 games).

Author: Glenn Odebralski |





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