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Florida Panthers FLA 1 0 0 1
21 SHOTS 33
26 FACEOFFS 18
24 HITS 30
11 PIM 19
0/7 PP 2/3
5 GIVEAWAYS 3
6 TAKEAWAYS 8
17 BLOCKED SHOTS 19
       

Rangers dominate Panthers 6-1, near East's top spot

Sunday, 12.11.2011 / 10:02 PM

2011-12 Game No. 27; Home Game No. 12 Rangers' Record: 17-6-4
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Derek Stepan scored twice, including a pretty coast-to-coast goal just after the Rangers killed a penalty, and the Rangers beat the Florida Panthers 6-1 on Sunday night.

Stepan also assisted on Marian Gaborik's goal late in the second period that made it 5-1 and seemed to take what spring remained out of the Panthers. The Rangers looked nothing like a team playing for the second night in a row, putting away the Panthers for their fourth win in six games.

Brad Richards, Artem Anisimov and former Panthers defenseman Steve Eminger also scored for the Blueshirts. Erik Gudbranson scored for Florida, which has lost two in a row following a three-game winning streak.

Florida went down 2-0 early after Richards and Anisimov scored power-play goals, but the Panthers replied 30 seconds after Anisimov shoveled home Erik Christensen's rebound off the post. Gudbranson scored on a slap shot from just inside the blue line with 1:53 left in the first.

Stepan's first goal came 5:45 after the first intermission. He darted down the right side and fired a wrist shot past Jose Theodore that made it 3-1 just after the Panthers failed to tie it while New York enforcer Brandon Prust was off for high-sticking.

The Rangers soon followed with two more goals, getting their fifth when Gaborik reached over to knock home a rebound and their sixth when Stepan buried a rebound with 2:12 left in the period.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had 20 saves for the win.

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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The Rangers improved to 3-0-1 in the second game of back-to-back sets this season, including a 3-0-0 mark when the game is played at Madison Square Garden. Since the 2009-10 season, the Rangers are 24-8-3 in the second game of back-to-backs, with a 12-3-1 mark at The Garden over the 35-game span.

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. Stepan 2. Del Zotto 3. Eminger


THE BIGGER PICTURE
This weekend was a reminder of how good this Rangers team can be not just because of their talent level and chemistry, but because they simply outwork their opponents on the majority of nights. Coach Tortorella's "team concept" is alive and well here.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Del Zotto (23:55)
Shots -- Three players tied (4)
Hits -- Four players tied (4)
Blocks -- Girardi (4)
Takeaways -- Girardi, Richards (2)
Faceoffs -- Richards (18)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. FLORIDA
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ruslan Fedotenko Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin Brian Boyle John Mitchell
Brandon Dubinsky Erik Christensen Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Steve Eminger
Jeff Woywitka Anton Stralman
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Fedotenko, Richards, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Brandon Dubinsky Erik Christensen
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Derek Stepan
McDonagh/Stralman Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Hagelin/Callahan Brandon Dubinsky
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ruslan Fedotenko Stepan/Anisimov
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Eminger/Stralman
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