NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Florida
(Wednesday, November 8th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Florida 3 (SO)
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Martin Straka scored a pair of goals in regulation and Michael Nylander lit the lamp in the shootout, as the New York Rangers edged the Florida Panthers, 4-3, at the BankAtlantic Center.
Nylander also had two assists while Henrik Lundqvist came up with 36 saves for the Rangers, who have won three of their last four. Lundqvist also stopped each shot he faced in the shootout, and is now a perfect 19-of-19 on the season in the shooter-friendly session.
Ruslan Salei scored his first goal as a Panther and Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist for Florida, which has dropped four of five. Ed Belfour made 27 saves in defeat.
New York coughed up a two-goal lead in the second stanza, but got back on track early in the third to reclaim the edge. Blair Betts got a full head of steam going as he charged into the zone, then cut across the crease from left to right before stuffing a backhander into the cage at the 1:34 mark.
With just over 10 minutes remaining, however, Florida fought back to even the contest once more. Stephen Weiss was stoned twice on the doorstep, but Jay Bouwmeester found the rebound in the slot and chipped it into the open left side of the net.
After a fruitless overtime, Nylander got the shootout going with a nice backhand shot that he elevated over Belfour. Lundqvist went on to stone Horton and Joe Nieuwendyk to preserve the win.
New York cashed in on a man-advantage just 3:13 into the contest to forge ahead, as Straka pounced on a loose puck between the circles and fired a heavy slapshot that beat Belfour.
Straka struck again early in the second period to double the Rangers' lead. With his team again on a power play, the center unleashed a shot from the point that made it through traffic in front before slipping into the net.
The Panthers got that tally back midway through the frame. Nieuwendyk corralled a rebound in the New York zone and dished it to Salei, who shifted to his backhand and tucked the disc past a sprawling Lundqvist.
Horton evened the contest at 2-2 with 2:42 remaining in the middle stanza with a power-play marker. Lundqvist stopped both a shot from the point and Gary Roberts' putback try during the sequence, but Horton grabbed the second rebound and stuffed it home.
New York has won six of its last eight games on the road...Salei previously played for Anaheim...The Rangers finished 2-for-10 on the power play, while Florida went 1-for-5.
11/08 22:46:07 ET