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14 марта 2018 г. 11:55

Panthers beat Rangers, set franchise record with eighth straight home


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“We’ve been winning different ways throughout this stretch here,” goaltender Roberto Luongo said. “That’s what good teams do.”


Frank Vatrano scored a goal in his Panthers debut as Jonathan Huberdeau and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Panthers. Luongo withstood a strong Rangers attack in the first period to steady the Panthers and finish with 34 saves on Saturday night.


Vincent Trocheck scored the game-deciding goal for the Panthers in the third round of the shootout, one round after Aleksander Barkov beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Trocheck swung wide to his left before deking and sliding a shot through Lundqvist’s legs.


Trocheck said he shot five-hole on Lundqvist when he faced him before, but felt enough confidence in his move to worry about his execution instead of Lundqvist’s reaction to it.


“Just had a move and stuck with it,” Trocheck said.


The Panthers also improved to 22-0-0 when leading after two periods. Florida pulled to within two points of Columbus for the second Eastern Conference wild card spot with three games in hand. The Devils beat Nashville in a shootout on Saturday night to remain three points up on the Panthers.


The Rangers largely controlled the first period, firing 15 shots on goal at Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo in the period. They had three shots in the first 90 seconds and seven of the game’s first eight shots. Kevin Hayes forced Luongo to make a save on a shorthanded breakaway.


“It’s tough to be the dominant team for 60 minutes,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. “There’s going to be a back and forth. It’s about that composure that we talk about. Just trying to keep level-headed and find ways to get points.


But New York couldn’t break through. So even when they were outplayed, the Panthers entered the dressing room with a lead courtesy of Huberdeau.


 tapping home a loose rebound on a power play. After Trocheck challenged Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with a shot,Huberdeau scored with just 15 seconds remaining in the first period, the puck squeaked behind him and laid in the crease. Huberdeau pounced on the puck for his 22nd goal of the season.


Vatrano extended the lead 8:13 into the second period with his first goal since Nov. 11. After recovering from a high-ankle sprain that kept him on injured reserve, Vatrano skated on the second line with Huberdeau and Trocheck on Saturday night.


 backhanded pass from the corner. Vatrano easily scored his third goal of the season,The trio enjoyed an extended possession in the Rangers zone before Trocheck fed Vatrano a no-look, injecting offense into the second line that has been partially missing since Denis Malgin suffered a knee injury on Feb. 24.


” Vatrano said. “When you go into a game knowing that the coach has trust in you,“I was just going out there and making the plays when they were in front me and not trying to be too high-risk, you can just go out there and play your game and not think about anything.”


The Rangers scored the next two goals, with Mats Zuccarello scoring with less than seven minutes left in the second period and Mika Zibanejad scoring just 17 seconds into the third period.


McGinn answered Zibanejad’s goal 45 seconds later by slamming home a rebound in the slot. Kevin Hayes tied the game with 7:25 left by sneaking a shot past Luongo’s blocker side inside the post.


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The Panthers are amid perhaps the most favorable part of their schedule. They swept a six-game homestand that ended on Sunday. A brief trip to Tampa on Tuesday wedged itself between that season-long homestand and the current five-game one.


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Nikita Kucherov scored in the fourth round of the shootout Saturday to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens.


Kucherov tied it late in the third period with his 34th goal of the season. Tyler Johnson scored his 20th of the season,[url=http://www.penguinsofficialhockey.com/adidas-matt-murray-jersey]Authentic Sidney Crosby jersey[/url], and Louis Domingue made 27 saves and stopped three of four shooters in the shootout.


Brayden Point also scored in the shootout for Tampa Bay, his 10th conversion in 15 career shootout attempts.


 led by general manager Pierre Dorion and owner Eugene Melnyk,It’s a day of reflection Wednesday for members of the Senators organization. The management team, and its players gather for their annual team photo.


 a season which opened with such optimism will likely culminate in a bottom-five finish,Each year the photo acts as a gentle reminder of a club’s purveying successes or failures. In the case of the Senators, with the team currently sitting 29th overall in league standings.


 “We are not looking to just tweak our lineup nor mortgage our future for stop-gap solutions. The kind of change required to reclaim our standing needs a change in approach,Melnyk wrote, requires difficult decisions and commitment to a plan.”


Does this commitment include a long-term deal for Karlsson? Does the 27-year old even want to remain a Senator? Both questions need forthright responses from each side of the negotiating table.


In the meantime, but it comes with a cost. No matter how many valued assets Dorion can procure, Dorion isn’t doing his job if he doesn’t entertain offers on Karlsson starting at the draft. A player of this much star power can bring the Senators multiple pieces, the inevitable loss of merchandise sales and ticket revenue has to be broached.


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