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

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 27; Home Game No. 12 Rangers' Record: 17-6-4
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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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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
Scoring Summary
1st Period
11:40NYR PPG - Brad Richards (11) ASST: Ryan Callahan (9) 1 - 0 NYR
17:27NYR PPG - Artem Anisimov (6) ASST: Erik Christensen (4), Anton Stralman (1) 2 - 0 NYR
18:07FLA Erik Gudbranson (1) ASST: Kris Versteeg (18), Stephen Weiss (19) 2 - 1 NYR
2nd Period
05:45NYR Derek Stepan (6) ASST: NONE 3 - 1 NYR
10:43NYR Steve Eminger (2) ASST: John Mitchell (4), Brian Boyle (6) 4 - 1 NYR
16:53NYR Marian Gaborik (15) ASST: Artem Anisimov (13), Derek Stepan (13) 5 - 1 NYR
17:48NYR Derek Stepan (7) ASST: Michael Del Zotto (12), Marian Gaborik (10) 6 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
NONE
Three Stars of the Game
Derek Stepan
1st
Derek Stepan
C
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 16:31
Michael Del Zotto
2nd
Michael Del Zotto
D
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 23:55
Steve Eminger
3rd
Steve Eminger
D
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 4TOI: 19:16
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:32NYR Steve Eminger  Hi-sticking against  Tim Kennedy
07:43FLA Jack Skille  Interference on goalkeeper against  Henrik Lundqvist
10:32FLA Mikael Samuelsson  Too many men/ice - bench
11:49NYR Brian Boyle  Tripping against  Marco Sturm
15:32FLA Tomas Fleischmann  Tripping against  Marian Gaborik
2nd Period
03:44NYR Brandon Prust  Hi-sticking against  Mike Weaver
10:47NYR Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Krys Barch
10:47FLA Krys Barch  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
11:09NYR Jeff Woywitka  Holding against  Matt Bradley
3rd Period
00:40NYR Marian Gaborik  Hi stick - double minor against  Jason Garrison
11:18NYR Jeff Woywitka  Holding against  Sean Bergenheim
shots by period
PeriodFLANYR
1st79
2nd713
3rd711
Total2133
Team Stats
CategoryFLANYR
Power Plays0/72/3
Hits2430
Faceoff Wins2618
Giveaways53
Takeaways68
Blocked Shots1719
Penalty Minutes1119
  • FLORIDA
  • NY RANGERS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
7D. KulikovD00-11023:08
8T. KennedyL00-1009:08
9S. WeissC0112019:43
12J. SkilleR00-12213:30
14T. FleischmannL0010216:51
16M. SturmL0001014:26
18S. MatthiasC00-20015:24
20S. BergenheimL00-32017:31
21K. BarchR00-1058:55
22M. BradleyR000409:46
26M. SamuelssonR00-12014:52
32K. VersteegL0111018:10
43M. WeaverD00-10017:39
44E. GudbransonD10-21010:00
51B. CampbellD0011025:39
52J. GarrisonD0003025:47
55E. JovanovskiD00-31017:47
82T. KopeckyR00-30016:41
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30S. Clemmensen11111.00020:00
60J. Theodore1622.72740:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4M. Del ZottoD0144023:55
5D. GirardiD00-11022:40
6J. WoywitkaD0003413:36
8B. PrustL0000711:13
10M. GaborikR1122413:34
17B. DubinskyC0003017:15
19B. RichardsC1014015:35
21D. StepanC2134016:31
22B. BoyleC0103212:35
24R. CallahanR0102015:40
26R. FedotenkoL00-10014:10
27R. McDonaghD00-10022:07
32A. StralmanD0101015:49
34J. MitchellC0111013:06
40E. ChristensenC0100012:54
42A. AnisimovC1123014:17
44S. EmingerD1041219:16
62C. HagelinL0011011:47
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist2021.95260:00