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Parenteau's shootout goal gives Rangers 2-1 win at Florida

by John Kreiser /

Rookie P.A. Parenteau is making the most of his chance to play in the NHL.

Parenteau scored his second shootout winner in 12 days to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night. The 26-year-old rookie was playing in his seventh game with the Rangers this season, and said he is "just trying to do my best when I get the chance."

Parenteau, who scored the deciding goal at Ottawa on Nov. 14, came wide down the right side, cut the to the middle and got goaltender Tomas Vokoun to move with him before snapping a shot past his left arm in the second round of the shootout.

"I just wanted to see what he's going to give me," Parenteau said. "He gave me the blocker side low. I never really faced a guy who catches on the other side. I wasn't sure what to do, I just dragged the puck and let it go at the right time."

Henrik Lundqvist then gave the Rangers the win by gloving Stephen Weiss' backhander. He stopped Nathan Horton and Steven Reinprecht before Parenteau's goal.

"We'll take it, It's been a battle the last couple of weeks," Lundqvist said after the Rangers won back-to-back games for the first time since a seven-game winning streak from Oct. 3-17..

Florida is 5-0-3 in its last eight games, six of which have gone past regulation.

"It's great to get a point, but you look at the score sheet every night and points are precious right now," defenseman Justin Leopold said. "We fought back but we want to cash in and get the second point."

Parenteau's shootout winner decided a goaltending duel that saw each netminder allow just one goal in regulation. Lundqvist made 25 saves and Vokoun finished with 27.

The Rangers opened the scoring with 24.4 seconds left in the second period and Florida defenseman Dennis Seidenberg in the penalty box. Marian Gaborik scored his League-high 19th goal by tipping Chris Drury's shot past Vokoun.

Gaborik extended his points streak to eight games. He's been held without a point in only two games this season, his first with New York.

"I thought we played well in all facets of the game," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "I liked what I saw as far as people standing up for one another. That's all part of growing as a team."

New York, which lost 3-2 to Florida at home last Saturday, held the lead until former Ranger Dominic Moore capitalized on a turnover by Sean Avery and beat Lundqvist with a 35-footer from the high slot through a screen with 4:53 left in regulation.

"They were desperate tonight, much more desperate than when we saw them in Madison Square Garden," Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said.

The Rangers had a chance in overtime when Radek Dvorak was called for high-sticking at 39 seconds. But despite controlling the puck, they couldn't beat Vokoun.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report

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