NHL Game Summary - Florida at NY Rangers
(Saturday, November 21st)
Final Score: Florida 3, NY Rangers 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Tomas Vokoun stopped 32 shots to post his seventh win of the season, as Florida edged the New York Rangers, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden.
Steven Reinprecht, Jordan Leopold and Nathan Horton scored for the Panthers, who won their fifth game out of six. Florida has won three straight games on the road -- in Buffalo, Detroit and New York.
"We had great legs, we had great energy. It was an emotional win last night in Detroit, so I wasn't sure where our levels would be tonight," admitted Panthers head coach Pete DeBoer. "These guys came out flying, and it's a testament to their conditioning and how hard they work."
Vinny Prospal and Marian Gaborik tallied for the Rangers, who have dropped four of five. Henrik Lundqvist took the loss after yielding three goals on 28 shots.
Horton alertly followed up Stephen Weiss' missed partial-breakaway chance for a 3-1 Panthers lead 2:35 into the third period, then Gaborik responded to bring the Rangers within a goal at 6:01.
Vokoun held the Rangers off the board from there. He made his best stop down the stretch with five minutes to play, as he kicked out his left pad to stop Sean Avery's quick backhander from the top of the crease.
Lundqvist went to the bench for an extra skater with 1:18 left, but the Panthers clamped down defensively and didn't allow the home team much room to shoot.
"I don't know if we could have played better in the third," Lundqvist said. "I made a mistake on the third goal, lost track of him (Horton). We have to know we're not too far away from turning this thing around."
Prospal managed to sneak a wrister through Vokoun to put the Rangers up 1-0 with 5:49 left in the first period.
Florida responded with two quick scores in the second on Reinprecht's tally off a giveaway along the boards at 8:46 and Leopold's shot at 11:09.
Florida has won four straight meetings with New York, including the final three games last season...The Panthers begin a three-game homestand on Monday by hosting Pittsburgh, and the Rangers host Columbus also on Monday.
11/21 23:05:39 ET