The New York Rangers lost to the Florida Panthers, 3-2, in a shootout Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more
- 13:15 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Derek Stepan, Marc Staal
- 14:43 FLA Keith Yandle (power play); Assists: Vincent Trocheck, Aleksander Barkov
- 1:45 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Jimmy Vesey
- 7:54 FLA Aaron Ekblad; Assists: Jakub Kindl, Vincent Trocheck
- Rangers: Zuccarello MISSED
- Florida: Trocheck SCORED
- Rangers: Pirri MISSED
- Florida: Barkov SCORED
- Two blown leads for the Rangers and a loss in their first shootout of the season. Back to back losses for the Rangers for the first time all season.
- It's now four goals for combined in the past two games for the Rangers which is about the amount they were averaging per game heading into Friday's loss. Maybe this is the slow down for the Rangers offense and where their high shooting percentage and offensive numbers start to fall to a more normal rate.
- Overall the Rangers played an okay game. For the most part I felt they played well enough to win but the Rangers didn't capitalize on the three PP chances they had before Keith Yandle tied the game. The Rangers lost the special teams battle and that has seemed to be a common theme when the Rangers do actually lose.
- MSG has never been known for it's ice and it's to be expected that it will be extra choppy and messy with a Knicks game in the afternoon. It was bad and bouncy for both teams and that helped the Rangers in OT when the Panthers started to threaten but overall the Rangers need to find a way to play their style when the ice isn't great.
- That was an ugly injury for Mika Zibanejad who had just started to raise his overall level of play and production. We have to wait and see what the result is but I wonder if this injury finally brings Brandon Pirri into the top nine and a more offensive role. He can play center and of all the other centers who can step in, Oscar Lindberg and Josh Jooris, he has the most offensive ability.
- The Rangers should look at the Panthers as inspiration for how they should play tomorrow in Pittsburgh. Florida did the opposite of what is expected in the second half of a back to back and played better as the game went on. The Rangers will need to be better, fresher and faster when they head to Pittsburgh tomorrow night.
The Rangers face the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road Monday at 7 p.m. ET.