The well-rested Panthers should've gotten the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers on a Winter Classic hangover while also looking to a key Atlantic Division matchup against the mighty Penguins.
While the Panthers received contributions from three players who have either been missing in action due to injuries or mired in a slump, the high-flying Rangers go-to guy Marian Gaborik lit the lamp with 1:31 left in overtime to lift New York to a 3-2 victory in front of former President Bill Clinton at a packed Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
The OT loss stretched Florida's road winless streak to five games and they now lead the NHL with eight losses after regulation. The 25-9-4 Rangers have won eight of nine and lead the league in fewest losses. The Panthers finish the season series at 1-2-1.
Gaborik's OT goal lifts Rangers to 3-2 win over Panthers
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jan 6