SUNRISE, FL. - The result wasn't what they wanted, but the Rangers will leave Florida proud of their performance, albeit in a losing effort.
New York erased two separate one-goal deficits in the third period to earn a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Panthers Saturday night at BB&T Center.
"I thought this whole group battle hard, starting with [Henrik Lundqvist] who made some big saves," said Kevin Hayes, who reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his NHL career with his goal at 12:35 of the third that tied the game, 3-3, and sent it to overtime and then a shootout. "[Florida's] a hot team right now. We knew we had to come out with a good effort and everyone had to battle hard. We came up a little short, but overall I thought it was a good team effort."