26
Nov
09

happy thanksgiving

The New York Rangers defeated the Florida Panthers last night with a 2-1 shootout victory. This is the Rangers first winning streak (2 games) since their seven game winning streak to start the season. Marian Gaborik continued his scoring touch with the lone goal for the Blueshirts. Former Rangers Dominic Moore scored a late goal for Florida to tie the game at one. P.A. Parenteau scored the only shootout goal, giving the Rangers the victory. This was Parenteau’s second shootout winner this season. His first came against the Ottawa Senators in the seventh round on November 14.

Gaborik’s goal last night came on the power play with just 25 seconds left in the second period. The goal also gave Gaborik the league lead with 19 on the season. He also leads in the points category with 33. Henrik Lundqvist was solid in net last night giving up just one goal on 26 shots.

Notes:

The Rangers power play was one of the worst in the league last season. This year, they currently sit in 8th place with a 22.3% success rate.

The Rangers were #1 in the league last year on the penalty kill. They are #1 this year as well (85.6%) despite losing two key penalty killers to free agency.

The Blueshirts will stay in Florida for Thanksgiving and face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday. From there, they will play a home-and-home with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Henrik Lunqvist stopped all three attempts in the shootout. He is 2-0 in shootouts this season.

Rangers captain Chris Drury returned to the lineup. He had an assist and logged over 22 minutes of ice time in the voctory.

Ales Kotalik sat out after taking a hard hit in the Rangers win on Monday over Columbus.

 

 

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