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Panthers Wrap-Up: Rangers 3, Panthers 2 (OT)

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 0 1 0 2
RANGERS 1 0 1 1 3
FLA - M. Goc (3), M. Santorelli (5)

NYR - A. Stralman (1), PPG - R. Callahan (14), M. Gaborik (23)
NEW YORK (AP) - Inside, outside. Home or away. It really doesn't matter much where the New York Rangers play these days. They are winning games all over the NHL.

The Rangers started the season in Europe, endured a long road trip out of the gate as Madison Square Garden was being renovated, and knocked off the Flyers in Philadelphia on Monday in the annual outdoor Winter Classic.

"They played well, had plenty of rest time. You could say there’s rust, but they came out with some jump and created some things. They were probably our most solid line."

- Head coach Kevin Dineen on the return of Marcel Goc and Mikael Samuelsson to the lineup who formed a line with winger Matt Bradley and scored the game's first goal.
1. Impactful Return: The Panthers got a much needed boost in the health department as both Mikael Samuelsson and Marcel Goc returned from upper body injuries. Goc missed the previous 22 games while Samuelsson was out the past five games. While maybe a little rusty, it didn't look it as the duo along with winger Matt Bradley recorded the game's first goal just 4:16 into the game. It started as Bradley pressured a Ranger forward in the Panthers zone, put a check on the skater and then stole the puck away. He dished it to Goc who in turned rushed up the ice in a two-on-one with Samuelsson. Samuelsson received the puck at the Ranger blue line before returning the puck to Goc. The center roofed the puck over starting netminder Martin Biron. Samuelsson finished with 17:12 of ice time, Bradley with 17:46 of ice time and Goc with 18:10 of ice time.

2. Limited But Costly Penalties: The referees were pretty lenient with their whistles as there were just four penalties called all night. Florida saw more of the penalty box as they were called for three of them. The tough part was that two of them were blown for too many men on the ice and they happened in the final period. The first one proved costly as Ryan Callahan scored off a double deflection of Brad Richards' shot from the slot 4:24 into the final stanza. That gave the home team a 2-1 lead. Luckily Mike Santorelli answered for the Panthers 36 seconds later to knot the score at two.

3. Gaborik's Winner Ruins Clemmensen's Efforts: With Jose Theodore out for about two weeks, the Panthers will rely on Scott Clemmensen for most of the action over that span. In his first start since the injury, Clemmensen was brilliant. Anton Stralman's goal that tied the game came from the point with traffic in front of the net and Callahan's goal was scored on a double deflection. Getting a point by getting to overtime, it seemed like the Panthers deserved a better fate by their efforts on the night. It was not to be as Marian Gaborik scored with 1:31 left in the extra session, beating Clemmensen with a laser beam top shelf while on the rush. Clemmensen made several huge stops in the game and finished with 38 saves on the night.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@daveabrams: Great fun seeing #FlaPanthers play, big ups to @jessig for showing me a great time, I think I'm a legit hockey fan at this point!

@puckmaster35: Well tough #FlaPanthers loss, will get em tomorrow!!! On a side note, Bill Clinton at the game!!!!

@MetsPanthersFan: Clemmer faced 41 shots and we can only muster 21! Can't blame our goal keeper tonight. Not enough offense for our #FlaPanthers

@B_Epstein: One of these days the #FlaPanthers will learn to win games post-regulation. 8th OTL already. Need to get momentum in these types of games.

@Weinsteinlaw: #FlaPanthers shouldn't be satisfied with one point, but on the road against the best team in the #NHL I'll take it.

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Michael Wazowski Bulnes: Clemmensen played amazing today...props

Joseph Willig: i was there, probably the only panther fans in the bldg.. still a good game, got the 1 point

Zach Barton: Considering they lost in overtime, to the team who currently has the most points for 1st in the entire NHL, wasn't so bad of a game for the Florida Panthers

Gregory Cordero: It was a great game and could have gone either way.. BTW Clemmer was Solid!

Robby Chiste: Well deserved point for the cats! Tough to win in MSG, let's take the W tomorrow night and get home with a successful road trip!

2. It was a successful return to the lineup for forward Mikael Samuelsson. After missing five games due to an upper body injury, Samuelsson recorded assists on both Panthers goals. He now has five points (all assists) in seven games with the Panthers this season.

3. The Panthers and Rangers completed their season series as New York got the best of Florida, winning the last three games of the series. Florida went 1-2-1 against the current Eastern Conference leaders.

4. It was a limited game in terms of power play time as the two teams combined for just four penalties on the night.

7. When Scott Clemmensen has been between the pipes for Florida, it usually means that the Panthers will garner at least one point in the game. The Panthers have gotten a point in seven of the eight games that Clemmensen has taken part in this season (4-1-3).

20. The Rangers dominated the shot and hit counts as they outshot the Panthers by 20 (41-21) and out hit them by the same amount (50-30).
Scott Clemmensen
Had to be on his game throughout and deserved a better outcome but stopped 38 of 41 shots in helping earn Panthers a point.

41 Shots, 38 Saves, .927 SV%
Florida gets right back to action as they play the second game in two nights when they play in New Jersey. It will be the third meeting between the two teams but just the first one in Newark as the Panthers and Devils split their two games in Sunrise. In New Jersey's last game, the Devils fell to Boston on Wednesday as they were outscored 6-1. The Devils are led by Patrik Elias (34 points in 38 games), Zach Parise (31 points in 39 games) and Ilya Kovalchuk (30 points in 34 games).

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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