Despite three goals and 26 saves from Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers could not rebound from their crushing 9-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, as they fell to the Florida Panthers, 4-3, on Saturday night in Sunrise.
Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, and Anthony DeAngelo all scored, but it was not enough, as the New York Rangers finished their Florida road rip with a 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center.
Special teams let the Blueshirts down as they failed on three power plays and they allowed two power play goals in four attempts for the Panthers.
The Panthers even gave the Rangers a late PP by having too many men on the ice after which the Rangers pulled goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Tony DeAngelo blocked an empty net goal chance with one minute left to play, but could not get the equalizer.
Coach David Quinn would show his displeasure with Buchnevich by benching him for the next ten minutes. Brendan Lemieux stayed in his spot in the lineup for a few shifts.
But the Blueshirts tied things right back up, as Panarin scored 1:57 later, extending his point streak to eleven games.
Four goals had already been scored – two for each side – by the halfway point of the first period.
Bobrovsky made an acrobatic save on Tony DeAngelo’s opportunity given to him by Panarin to open the second period of play.
The Rangers ran the same play four minutes later. Greg McKegg passed to Panarin who delivered it to DeAngelo, but this time he scored to give the Rangers their first and only lead of the night.
However, it only took three minutes for the Cats to get back on the board, as Brett Connolly added a tally with an assist to former Ranger Brian Boyle. This was a goal that Lundqvist would want back as he gave Connolly just enough room under his pads.
To close out the action in the period, Dadonov scored again on a blistering one-timer off a pass from another former Blueshirt; Keith Yandle.
Late in the third, things got physical. Ryan Lindgren was called for cross checking with 11:34 to go, just as Strome was about to go onto a breakaway chance. But the Rangers evened up the playing field shortly after as Fast drew a holding penalty on Mike Hoffman. But both teams killed off their respective penalty time in the 4-on-4 play.
Lias Andersson only played 3:55 in tonight’s contest, and recorded a hit.