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Panthers sweep road trip, down Rangers 3-2

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Panthers @ Rangers GameDay Central                  Blueshirt Bulletin                NHL.com Postgame

 

Buffalo. Detroit. New York. Done, done, and done. Six points of six possible. Good stuff from a club not long ago mired in a hellish 2-8 pit of despair. Now sitting a lot prettier at 10-9-2, the Cats are surprising opponents, and themselves. Tomas Vokoun's 32 saves allowed for Nathan Horton's game winner in the third to hold off a mad final period by New York. 22 Points.

Notes:

Who led Florida in SOG? Kamil Kreps (1a, +1) with four. League Good Guy Sean Avery paced the Rags with five(??). Steven Reinprecht and Jordan Leopold also scored for the Panthers, while Vinny Prospal and Marian Gaborik kept the Ranger close. Bryan McCabe (3 shots) led all skaters with 24:12 TOI. Stephen Weiss had one assist, but his efforts throughout the night told another story: the guy was simply everywhere, winning faceoffs, setting up plays, showing how it's (supposed to be) done. Impressive, and we're seeing this more and more from him. New York forward Ryan Callahan is a wrecking ball. Ville Koistinen returned to the lineup, but his team-low 4:37 doesn't bode well for his future with Coach Pete's club. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 shots. Next up: Pittsburgh on Monday...all hail the third jersey.