- Derick Brassard 5 (power-play) (Assists: Mats Zuccarello 11, Derek Stepan 12)
- Brad Richards 7 (Unassisted)
- Rick Nash 2 (Unassisted)
- Scottie Upshall 5 (Assists: Brad Boyes 5)
- Nick Bjugstad 3 (Unassisted)
- Mats Zuccarello 3 (power-play) (Assists: Chris Kreider 10, John Moore 3)
- Carl Hagelin 5 (empty net) (Assists: Ryan McDonagh 8)
- The win is what is important, and the five goals are nice, but the Rangers did not have the puck enough tonight. The Rangers were solid defensively and limited quality chances for the Panthers, but overall the Panthers had the puck for most of the game and nearly the entire second period. The important thing for tonight though is that they found a way to win which is something they haven't done enough this seaosn.
- The third goal, Rick Nash's goal, is exactly what Alain Vigneault has been talking about when it comes to pouncing on teams when they make a mistake. They took advantage of some turnovers, Nash found a loose puck and fired it past Tim Thomas.
- The first goal the Rangers scored, Derick Brassard's, was nice of a passing play on a power play as you can have.
- The Rangers will need to be a lot better this weekend, against Boston and Vancouver, than they were tonight if they want to pick up more points.
Notes via the Rangers:
- The Rangers defeated the Florida Panthers, 5-2, tonight at BB&T Center, for their seventh win in the last eight road games. The last time the Blueshirts won seven road games in an eight-game span was during the 1993-94 season, when they won eight out of nine games from Oct. 30 at Hartford to Dec. 4 at Toronto (8-1-0).
- The Blueshirts are now 13-12-0 overall (26 pts), including a 9-7-0 mark on the road this season. The Rangers are 10-5-0 in their last 15 games, and their nine road wins lead the NHL.
- The Rangers have won 11 of their last 16 games against the Panthers, having out-scored Florida, 49-28, over the span.
- The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 15 of the last 18 games, and 16 of the last 20. New York has allowed 32 goals over the last 18 games (1.78 goals against per game), and 36 goals in the last 20 games (1.80 goals against per game).
- New York notched two power play goals in three opportunities (3:36), and are now 12-50 (24.0%) with the man advantage on the road this season.
- The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 2-2 (4:00) in the contest, and have now held opponents scoreless on the power play in seven of the last eight games (20-21, 95.2% over the span).
- The Rangers have tallied the game’s first goal in three of the last four contests, and are now 12-1-0 when scoring first this season.
- The Blueshirts have registered a point in 101 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 95-0-6 over the span. New York improved to 9-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
- Rick Nash notched the eventual game-winning goal with an unassisted tally at 5:32 of the third period, and posted a plus-three rating in 15:18 of ice time. He has now registered two goals in the last four games, and is six points shy of 600 career points.
- Mats Zuccarello tallied two power play points (one goal, one assist) in 16:13 of ice time. He has now registered a point in each of the Rangers’ three power play goals against Florida this season (two goals, one assist).
- Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to improve to 8-10-0 overall, including a 4-5-0 mark on the road this season. He is now 2-1-0 with a 3.33 goals against average and .912 save percentage in three games this season when stopping 30 or more shots.
- Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in nine of his last 12 games since returning from injury on Oct. 28 vs. MTL, posting a 6-6-0 record with a 1.99 goals against average, .933 save percentage, and one shutout over the span.
- Brad Richards notched his team-leading seventh goal of the season in 15:55 of ice time. He has registered a point in four consecutive games against Florida (three goals, three assists), and in seven of his last eight (five goals, five assists).
- Derick Brassard tallied a power play goal and was credited with three hits in 14:44 of ice time. He has registered five goals in eight career games against Florida, and now ranks second on the team with three power play goals this season.
- Carl Hagelin registered an empty net goal with 24 seconds remaining in regulation, and posted a plus-two rating in 15:40 of ice time. He has recorded five points (three goals, two assists) in seven road games this season, and 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 15 games overall since returning from injury on Oct. 29.
- Derek Stepan tallied a power play assist in 15:54 of ice time. He has registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games, and leads the team with nine power play assists and 10 power play points this season.
- Chris Kreider registered a power play assist, a team-high four shots, and two hits in 13:38 of ice time. He has tallied 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the last 15 games.
- John Moore recorded a power play assist in 13:32 of ice time, and has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five games.
- Ryan McDonagh registered an assist and two blocked shots in a team-high, 27:47 of ice time. He has now tallied 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last 15 games, including two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three. The Rangers improved to 11-1-0 in games when he registers a point.