NY Rangers 2, Florida 1

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 5:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
NY Rangers 20-19-1-1 8-10-1-1 12-9-0-0 W2
Florida 15-20-1-5 8-9-1-3 7-11-0-2 L1


Rangers 2, Panthers 1 (SO): Brad Richards scored the lone goal of the shootout in the third round as visiting New York completed a sweep of the three-game season series.

Richards breezed in and deked to his left before wristing a shot inside the post in the bonus format. After rookie Aleksander Barkov was thwarted by a poke check and Jonathan Huberdeau shot wide, Henrik Lundqvist sealed the win by keeping his pads closed on Brad Boyes' bid.

New York defenseman Dan Girardi made amends for an earlier miscue by scoring with 2:10 remaining in the third period to forge a 1-1 tie. Lundqvist turned aside 21 shots as the Rangers posted their fourth win in five contests and seventh in nine meetings with the Panthers.

Tim Thomas returned from a groin injury and finished with 30 saves in his 400th NHL game. Boyes netted his team-leading 10th goal and Barkov notched an assist to extend his point streak to four games for Florida, which has dropped four of five (1-3-1).

The Panthers took advantage of Girardi's turnover behind his own net to open the scoring 9:18 into the second period. Barkov alertly fed a cutting Boyes, who backhanded the puck between the pads of Lundqvist. With Tomas Kopecky returning to the bench to replace his broken stick, Girardi wristed a shot from the outer edge of the left faceoff circle that beat a screened Thomas. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: New York LW Benoit Pouliot saw his career-high seven-game point streak come to an end. He recorded four goals and three assists in that stretch. ... Rangers D Marc Staal returned from a 10-game absence due to a concussion. ... Barkov has recorded one goal and three assists during his point streak. 

Top Game Performances

NY Rangers   Florida
Daniel Girardi 1 Points Brad Boyes 1
Daniel Girardi 1 Goals Brad Boyes 1
Rick Nash 1 Assists Aleksander Barkov 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Henrik Lundqvist .955 Save Percentage Tim Thomas .968
Henrik Lundqvist 21 Saves Tim Thomas 30

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Rangers 31 2 0-3 4-4 8 28
Florida 22 1 0-4 3-3 6 29

Upcoming Games

  • Florida will play its next game at home against Nashville. The Panthers have a W/L % of .438 after a win and .320 after a loss.
  • NY Rangers will play its next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Rangers have a W/L % of .368 after a win and .591 after a loss.
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