The Panthers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and staved off a Rangers' rally to secure a 5-4 win on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score
- 5:50 FL Aleksander Barkov (Power Play); Assists: Jonathan Huberdeau, Keith Yandle
- 9:35 FL Jamie McGinn; Assists: Nick Bjugstad
- 16:47 FL Micheal Haley; Assists: Keith Yandle, Colton Sceviour
- 4:04 NYR J.T. Miller; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Brady Skjei
- 8:36 FL Jonathan Huberdeau; Assists: Mike Matheson, MacKenzie Weegar
- 9:26 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Chris Kreider, David Desharnais
- 11:16 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, David Desharnais
- 13:28 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: David Desharnais, Pavel Buchnevich
- 18:51 FL Denis Malgin; Assists: Mark Pysyk, Jonathan Huberdeau
- A frustrating game to evaluate because the Rangers were the better team, carried most of the play, made the comeback but lost. Florida was opportunistic and managed to hang on and convert after a brutal sequence of turnovers from Brendan Smith, who then appeared to be injured blocking a shot, and Nick Holden.
- It does and doesn't matter, because the Rangers did end up tying the game, but the third period plays out much differently if the Kevin Hayes goal is allowed to stand. To me, if the goal is going to be disallowed then Rick Nash should be called for goalie interference. Incidental contact seems ridiculous to call there, especially since you can make a similar case to what happened on one of Florida's goals. In the end the Rangers did tie the game but the inconsistency with which the refs make these calls continues to be mind boggling.
- It would have been more shocking and surprising to me if the Rangers DIDN'T come back and tie the game. I felt at 3-0 the Rangers would come back and felt the same way at 4-1. The Rangers have consistently come back in games this season and despite having the lead, Florida was not the better team.
- David Desharnais did a nice job stepping in for Mika Zibanejad and coming up with three assists and the primary helper on the game tying goal. Since Desharnais was a late addition to the lineup and wasn't supposed to play it will be interesting to see if/where he slots in on Friday. If Mika Zibanejad can't play then it's easy, but if Zibanejad comes back and takes his rightful spot on the top line, does Boo Nieves sit or Paul Carey sit.
- The Rangers were the better team tonight but they were not at their best. They deserved at least one point out of this game just for how they played in the second and most of the third but instead they cost themselves at least that one point with sloppy play in the last 90 seconds.
What's Next: The Rangers will host the Hurricanes on Friday at 7 p.m.