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Rangers top Panthers for third straight win

Shattenkirk's overtime goal spoils Luongo's return

by Alain Poupart / Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kevin Shattenkirk scored his second goal at 1:08 of overtime and the New York Rangers spoiled Roberto Luongo's return from injury with a 5-4 win against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Saturday.

Nick Holden, Michael Grabner and Rick Nash scored for the Rangers (6-7-2), who have won three in a row and five of seven after starting the season 1-5-2. The Rangers swept their two-game trip in Florida, which began with a 2-1 overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.


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J.T. Miller had three assists, Jesper Fast and Ryan McDonagh each had two assists, and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves.

"We're on our way," Shattenkirk said. "We don't want to sit back and think that we're in the clear here. We have to make sure that we're building. We played some good teams here on the road and we played some great games. We just have to keep this effort consistent and we'll start getting a lot of wins."

Video: NYR@FLA: Shattenkirk buries a wrister from the point

Luongo, who had missed the previous six games because of a hand injury, made 39 saves.

"Not great," Luongo said of his performance. "My timing was a little bit off. I only had one full practice. I wasn't as sharp as I would have liked to have been. I knew what I was getting into. I didn't impact much, but (I) knew I wanted to play tonight."

Shattenkirk scored the game-winner on a 2-on-1 after getting a pass from Nash.

"The ice was a little choppy at the end of the game there, so I just wanted to make sure I settled it down and got my head up," Shattenkirk said. "I figured at that point I know he's a pretty aggressive goalie, so I figured I might have that far side."

Vincent Trocheck sent the game to overtime when he scored with 1:04 remaining in the third period. Colton Sceviour, who returned after missing five games because of an upper-body injury, scored twice for Florida (4-7-2), and Keith Yandle had a goal.

The Panthers ended their five-game homestand 1-2-2. They start a three-game road trip Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

"We're looking forward to (the road trip)," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. "Obviously, there's been some frustrations with the last few. Sometimes the road is a good thing."

The Rangers twice had a one-goal lead in the third period.

Grabner gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead at 5:18 of the third period before Yandle tied it at 8:45 with a wrist shot that deflected in off Holden.

Video: NYR@FLA: Nash defects McDonagh's slapper for PPG

Nash scored on the power play to give the Rangers a 4-3 lead at 11:25.

"It feels like we're finding our groove," Nash said. "We're coming together in those late points of the game, especially giving up a goal (late). We stuck with it. We got two good road overtime wins."

Sceviour opened the scoring at 3:11 of the second period when Micheal Haley put a backhand pass in front of the net as he was falling to the ice and Sceviour redirected it with his backhand.

Holden tied it 1-1 at 7:54 with a one-timer from the right circle after McDonagh's wrist shot from the left point went off Haley and slid across the ice.

Sceviour scored his second goal at 14:14 of the second period to give Florida a 2-1 lead.

Shattenkirk made it 2-2 at 18:58 of the second after a turnover in the Panthers zone. Shattenkirk sent a fluttering wrist shot from the point with traffic in front past Luongo.

"It was a good game, two teams that battled hard and back and forth," Lundqvist said. "They had a lead a couple of times, we had a lead and then we found a way. I thought we played a really strong game, had good looks. Obviously when they tie it up that late, it's important to stay focused and not overreact to it and guys go out and make a big play in overtime."

Video: FLA@NYR: Holden rockets one-timer past Luongo


Goal of the game

Shattenkirk's game-winning goal at 1:08 of overtime.

Video: NYR@FLA: Shattenkirk wires OT winner past Luongo


Save of the game

Luongo's pad save on a redirection by Rangers forward Chris Kreider at 15:10 of the second period.

Video: NYR@FLA: Luongo's superb pad stop on Kreider


Highlight of the game

Grabner's goal at 5:18 of the third period.

Video: NYR@FLA: Grabner beats Luongo in tight to take lead


They said it

"Tonight we realized early on that it was a really tight game in the first period and our defense was going to have to chip in and be the fourth and fifth guy on the attack and make sure that we're chipping in as well. I think we did a really good job of getting more aggressive from the second period on." -- Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk


"It was important to get back in it. You don't want to be away for too long. I'm going to put some work in the next couple days and be ready for the next game." -- Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo


Need to know

Rangers forward Boo Nieves missed the game because of the flu. … The Rangers are 10-1-2 in their past 13 games against Florida. … The Panthers allowed 20 goals in their past three games, matching their record for the most in a three-game span, first set in Jan. 2003.


What's next

Rangers: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday (7 p.m., MSG, FS-O, NHL.TV)

Panthers: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday (7 p.m., FS-CR, FS-F, NHL.TV) 


Video: Shattenkirk, Rangers top Panthers in OT, 5-4

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