The Florida Panthers winless streak has now stretched to nine games as the team came up short in a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Panthers are now 0-2 since replacing former head coach Kevin Dineen with interim head coach Peter Horachek.
Aleksander Barkov, 18, scored for the Panthers, his fourth of the season, snapping a eight game goalless streak and seven game pointless streak for the rookie. His first period goal came on a Panther power play 19:33 into the first period and tied the score 1-1.
The Panthers had the Rangers on their heels for most of the second period but the teams traded goals over a three minute span and the game entered the third period tied 2-2. Brian Campbell scored for the Panthers, his first goal of the season, while Derek Dorsett tallied for the Rangers.
In the third period the Panthers, perhaps feeling uncomfortable not trailing for a change, gave up two quick goals to fall behind 4-2. The first came after a Dmitry Kulikov turnover resulted in a Brad Richards goal. A few minutes later, with the Panthers on a penalty kill, Kulikov took a lazy penalty forcing a Rangers 5-0n-3. The Rangers promptly scored on the two man-advangate and just like that the Panthers were down two goals in the third period, a position they have grown familiar with this season.
Brian Campbell beat Henrik Lundqvist for his second goal of the game at 12:57 into the third but the Panthers were unable to find the equalizer despite having a power play as time ran out.
Tim Thomas got his second straight start for the Panthers and stopped 25 of 29. Lundqvist stopped 24 of 27 for the Rangers. The Panthers are back home Tuesday for a tilt against the Anaheim Ducks and kick off a five game road trip Friday night in Minnesota.