A game that consisted of nine goals, four by the Rangers and five by the Panthers, was a thrilling game, to say the least. The scoring was opened with three first period goals by Florida coming off the hands of Aleksander Barkov(8), Jamie McGinn(4), Michael Haley(1) after Florida slotted three goals, Henrik Lundqvist was pulled from the goal and in came Ondrej Pavelec. A slow first period start, yet again by the New York Rangers resulted in the Rangers trailing 3-0 and it was catch up time for the Rangers all game.
The second period was all Rangers though, as they outshot the Panthers 16-12, and scored three-second period goals. Goals coming from J.T. Miller(4) who finally snaps his 12-game scoreless skid, Pavel Buchnevich(9) and Chris Kreider(9). The Rangers had a fortitude of opportunities in the second period, a thrilling second period that was controlled heavily by the Rangers, they still found themselves trailing 4-3 going into the second.
Whether it was hitting the posts, a scrum in front, holding the puck in the offensive zone for several shifts on end, throwing everything towards the net, the Rangers just could not find the back of the net in the third. After Chris Kreider’s second goal(10) that eventually tied the game at four with 7:12 to play. For 5:23 nothing occurred on either end until Denis Malgin struck for the Panthers off an awful Nick Holden turnover. Malgin’s late third-period goal would be the Panthers fifth and final goal. The Rangers pulled the goalie with 1:30 to be played, but without enough momentum, nor the ability to get the puck in the Panthers zone, this game would come to an end, 5-4 Panthers.
The Rangers outshot the Panthers 37-27, the Panthers 1/2 power play convergence was the difference maker, as the Rangers got rewarded with a late third-period power play the league-leading power play came up empty, the Rangers went 0/3 on the power play.
This would be the Rangers first loss on home ice in ten games, last time the Rangers lost on home ice was to San Jose on October 23. Panthers James Reimer picked up his fourth win of the season stopping 33 of the 37 shots. Henrik Lundqvist got yanked after allowing three goals on five Panthers shots. Ondrej Pavelec came in and stopped 19 of the 21 Panthers shots.
The Rangers get ready for their first home game of December as they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes Friday, December 1st. The Rangers then travel to Pittsburgh and Washington the following week for two important road games. The Rangers road record this year is 3-5-0 this season.