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Florida Panthers 2, New York Rangers 5 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Florida Panthers 2, New York Rangers 5 FINAL
Florida Panthers 2, New York Rangers 5

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jaromir Jagr had a three-point night in his home debut for the New York Rangers, setting up Brian Leetch's tiebreaking score and adding a third-period goal and assist in a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday.

Jagr, acquired Friday from Washington, enjoyed his home debut much more than his first game with the Rangers _ a 9-1 drubbing in Ottawa on Saturday that he called embarrassing.

At least for a while, he lifted the negative energy that filled Madison Square Garden. He brought fans out of their seats to cheer his first Rangers goal, 17th of the season, that made it 3-1 at 33 seconds of the third.

Jagr got to a rebound of Eric Lindros' shot and smoothly backhanded the puck in from the edge of the crease. He also assisted on Matthew Barnaby's empty-net goal.

Byron Ritchie pulled Florida within one 80 seconds after Jagr scored, but the Rangers held on to earn their eighth victory in 10 against the Panthers (8-1-1).

Petr Nedved and Mark Messier also scored for New York, which snapped a four-game losing streak and six-game winless streak (0-4-2) and moved two points ahead of Florida for 10th place in the Eastern Conference.

That disappointing standing and the anticipation of a seventh straight non-playoff season had fans booing before the first puck was dropped.

The Rangers scored three straight against Florida goalie Roberto Luongo, the All-Star who was coming off a 43-save effort Saturday in a victory at Boston. Luongo made 33 saves.

Jussi Markkanen rebounded from allowing six goals on 19 shots against Ottawa to make 38 saves in his second straight start for Rangers regular Mike Dunham, sidelined by a concussion.

Kristian Huselius gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead 9:03 into the second, but Messier tied it with his 14th goal _ off an assist by Leetch _ 1:19 later.

Huselius' goal was set up after Darcy Hordichuk landed a hard hit on Jagr in the Florida zone, separating him from the puck.

Jed Ortmeyer was instrumental in getting the Rangers even when he beat the Panthers down ice to negate an icing call and then found Messier in front with a nice pass.

Leetch made it 2-1 when he ripped a shot in, after the Rangers kept the pressure on 2:20 after a power play ended. Nedved made it 4-2 with 3:26 left.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
09:03
FLA
Kristian Huselius (6) ASST: Niklas Hagman (7), Darcy Hordichuk (1)
1 - 0 FLA
10:22
NYR
Mark Messier (14) ASST: Jed Ortmeyer (2), Brian Leetch (12)
1 - 1 Tie
17:04
NYR
Brian Leetch (10) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (30), Petr Nedved (12)
2 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
00:33
NYR
Jaromir Jagr (17) ASST: Eric Lindros (22)
3 - 1 NYR
01:53
FLA
Byron Ritchie (5) ASST: Eric Beaudoin (2)
3 - 2 NYR
16:34
NYR
Petr Nedved (12) ASST: Chris Simon (9)
4 - 2 NYR
19:54
NYR
EN - Matthew Barnaby (8) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (31), Boris Mironov (7)
5 - 2 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
12:11
FLA
Byron Ritchie  Hi-sticking against  Petr Nedved
14:06
FLA
Andreas Lilja  Hooking against  Mark Messier
2nd Period
02:42
NYR
Matthew Barnaby  Tripping against  Niklas Hagman
14:44
FLA
Andreas Lilja  Interference against  Eric Lindros
3rd Period
05:09
NYR
Joel Bouchard  Interference against  Marcus Nilson
08:29
NYR
Eric Lindros  Interference on goalkeeper against  Roberto Luongo
13:34
FLA
Viktor Kozlov  Hi-sticking against  Eric Lindros
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 37TOI: 59:14
Saves: 33EV: 29 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .892SH: 2 - 2
Jussi Markkanen
SA: 40TOI: 59:01
Saves: 38EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .950SH: 0 - 0