Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rags to Winners - Panthers Fall at MSG

March 23, 2011

NEW YORK CITY - There was not much of anything going on in New York last night. It was a trap game for both the Rangers and the Panthers. The Rangers were looking for an easy win, while the Panthers were looking forward to tomorrow night's tilt in Chicago with the Blackhawks. But both teams still had to play 60 minutes of hockey, and not much happened.

4:35 into the first period, the Panthers were called for the lone penalty of the game, between both teams. Keaton Ellerby took a 2 minute interference call.

The Rangers had a ton of chances in the first and second, but could not get the biscuit into the basket until Brandon Dubinsky scored his 22nd of the season. He tipped in a pass from Ryan Callahan that got past Tomas Vokoun, who had looked great until the 7:49 mark of the third when Dubinsky scored. Artem Anisimov also assisted on the goal.

The Panthers peppered goalie Henrik Lundqvist in the last few minutes of the third, but he was up to the task, stopping every shot he faced to earn his 10th shutout of the season.

As mentioned above, Florida travels west to Chicago to face the Blackhawks tomorrow, while the Rangers stay home and await the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

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