Panthers rally to defeat Rangers in shootout

10 observations from Florida Panthers’ up-and-down weekend in New York

10 observations from Florida Panthers’ up-and-down weekend in New York

New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren scored the first National Hockey League goal of his career in the first period of their game against the Florida Panthers. The Panthers have given up 3.53 goals a game on the year. The Rangers got goals from Ryan Lindgren, Filip Chytil, Brady Skjei and Chris Kreider, who capped off a combined six-goal second period with a power-play tally at 18:35 that gave NY a 5-4 lead.

Aleksander Barkov scored a goal for the fifth straight game, and Sam Montembeault made 29 saves for the Panthers (8-4-5).

Frank Vatrano scored in regulation and converted in the shootout as the Panthers snapped a two-game skid. But Florida's Brian Boyle deflected a shot by Keith Yandle past Lundqvist at 7:01 of the third to tie the game at 5-5.

It didn't take long for the game to start with the theatrics, as the Rangers took a 1-0 lead just 5:06 in, a great feed from Ryan Strome to defenseman Ryan Lindgren, who buried his first career National Hockey League goal with a top-shelf wrister.

Kakko then got his fourth goal of the season on the power play, making it 4-3 at 7:31.

Filip Chytil tied the game at 2-2 at 1:28 after he skated around Panthers defenseman Anton Stralman before beating Montembeault. Strome was then hit with an terrible hooking call, which the Panthers took advantage of, getting a power-play goal from Evgenii Dadonov at 4:42. The power play for the Panthers has converted at a clip of 21.7%, but the penalty kill is sitting at 85%. Panarin leads the Rangers in points this season (17) and has been on the ice for 26 of the team's 47 goals in 2019-20.

Lindgren scored to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 5:06 of the first period on a cross-crease pass from Ryan Strome. The 21-year-old defenceman originally kept the play alive by pinching into the offensive zone, helping NY maintain possession.

This game the Panthers are coming in on the road, but also coming in with a decent offense that has been able to score.

Florida answered with two goals within 30 seconds of each other. Florida went ahead 30 seconds later when Dominic Toninato put a rebound past Lundqvist to make it 2-1 at 18:43. Before the practice, Rangers announced alternate captain Marc Staal had surgery for an infection in his ankle and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Rangers: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

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