NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Florida
(Saturday, April 3rd)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Florida 1
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Henrik Lundqvist stopped 19-of-20 shots and the New York Rangers scored four times in the third period to down Florida, 4-1, at BankAtlantic Center.
Marc Staal, Brandon Prust, Chris Drury and Marian Gaborik tallied during the final 20 minutes for the Rangers, who have won three in a row and five of six.
"We had to get some ugly goals and, except for Staal's goal, that's what we got," said Gaborik, who added an assist to tie a career-high with 83 points. "Get rebounds, get ugly. That's what we did in the third period."
With the victory, New York vaulted over Atlanta and moved into an eighth-place tie with idle Philadelphia in the East with 82 points.
Keith Ballard provided the sole offense for the Panthers, who have dropped five of six. Scott Clemmensen allowed three goals on 26 shots in the loss for Florida, which was eliminated from postseason play.
"We knew where we stood," Ballard said in regards to the club's razor-thin margin for error. "We've put ourselves in this position."
Staal fooled Clemmensen on a rush and ripped a wrister under the crossbar to put the Blueshirts on the board and tie the game 18 seconds into the third, then Prust used the backhand to poke a loose disc home at 9:36.
"That was definitely the turning point in the game, 'Staalsie' going coast-to- coast," said Prust of the tying tally. "Everyone just jumped up on the bench because we had a new life."
Drury then put the visitors ahead by a 3-1 score at 11:06, following up a rebound from Aaron Voros' initial shot.
Florida went with an extra attacker with close to a minute and a half left, but Gaborik hit the empty net to seal the victory with one minute to play.
Following a scoreless first period, the Panthers got on the board via the power play as Ballard's high wrister from the left circle sailed home at 6:38.
The Rangers took three of four from the Panthers this season...New York has won three of its last four games in south Florida...Staal and Gaborik led all players with a plus-three rating...The Panthers have not made the playoffs since 2000, and have only advanced beyond the regular season on three occasions (1996-97; 2000) since entering the league in 1993.
04/03 23:50:17 ET