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Panthers top Rangers 3-2, prevent New York from clinching playoff spot

Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 10:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Panthers top Rangers 3-2, prevent New York from clinching playoff spot

SUNRISE, Fla. - Marcel Goc and Drew Shore scored third-period goals, and the Florida Panthers prevented the New York Rangers from clinching an Eastern Conference playoff berth with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.

Goc broke a tie, and Drew Shore added a short-handed, empty-net goal to give Florida a 3-1 lead before the Rangers got back within a goal.

Tomas Fleischmann netted the first goal and added an assist, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 36 shots for the Panthers, who have the fewest points in the NHL.

Derick Brassard and Taylor Pyatt scored for the Rangers (24-18-4) and Henrik Lundqvist made 13 saves. New York, the eighth-place team in the East, could have secured a spot in the playoffs with a win after Winnipeg lost earlier Tuesday.

The Rangers have a one-point lead over Winnipeg with two games left. The Jets have one game remaining.

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For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

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