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Panthers defeat Rangers in shootout

Aleksander Barkov, Vincent Trocheck score in first two rounds of shootout

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck scored in the first two rounds of a shootout to give the Florida Panthers a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

James Reimer made saves on Mats Zuccarello and Brandon Pirri in the shootout. He finished with 33 saves through regulation and overtime.

Keith Yandle and Aaron Ekblad scored in regulation for the Panthers (10-8-1).

Video: FLA@NYR: Barkov's beautiful SO winner

Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad scored in regulation for the Rangers (13-5-1). Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves.

Zibanejad sustained what appeared to be a left foot, ankle or leg injury 41 seconds into overtime when he fell hard and awkwardly into the end boards behind Lundqvist. He couldn't put pressure on his left foot and had to be helped off the ice.

Video: FLA@NYR: Kreider rips a wrister past Reimer

Ekblad made it 2-2 at 7:54 of the third period when his shot from above the right circle hit off of Rangers forward J.T. Miller, changed direction and beat Lundqvist on the glove side.

Zibanejad gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead at 1:45 of the third. Zuccarello's backhand pass from the left circle hit off of his left skate in front of the net with Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei falling backward into the crease.

The goal stood after a video review to confirm Zibanejad did not score with a distinct kicking motion.

Yandle tied the game 1-1 with his first goal of the season at 14:43 of the second period. He sent a slap shot from the left point through traffic into the net. It was the Panthers first power-play goal in six games (0-for-13).

Video: FLA@NYR: Yandle rips a shot past Lundqvist for a PPG

Kreider gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 13:15 of the first period with a blocker-side shot off the rush from the left circle past Reimer. It looked like Kreider initially faked but then he quickly shot and got enough on it to squeeze the puck in between Reimer's right arm and the left post.

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