The Rangers fell behind 4-1, roared back to tie the game, but Denis Malgin‘s goal with 1:09 to play gave the Florida Panthers a 5-4 win over the Rangers Tuesday night at The Garden. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Blueshirts and ended their eight-game home winning streak.
The Rangers got nine points from the line of Chris Kreider, David Desharnais, and Pavel Buchnevich.
New York gave up three goals in the game’s first 16:47, on only six shots, sending goalie Henrik Lundqvist to the bench; he was replaced by Ondrej Pavelec.
In the 2nd period, J.T. Miller cut the lead to 3-1 with his 4th goal of the season, at 4:04. But Florida made it a three-goal lead again at 8:36 when Jonathan Huberdeau scored to make it 4-1.
That’s when Buchnevich and Kreider came alive. Buchnevich scored at 9:26, off assists from Kreider and Desharnais to make it 4-2. Then Kreider scored at 11:16, off a great pass from Buchnevich, to make it 4-3.
The Rangers had a goal by Kevin Hayes in the 2nd period disallowed; the referees said that Rick Nash obstructed Florida goalie James Reimer.
Midway through the 3rd period, Kreider scored his 2nd of the game, and 10th of the season, at 13:28, to tie the game 4-4.
But, in the closing moments, a turnover by Nick Holden in the New York zone led to Malgin’s game-winner, off a pass from Mark Pysyk, at 18:51.
The Rangers were without Mika Zibanejad, who was a late scratch, and captain Ryan McDonagh, out for his 4th straight game with an abdominal strain. Kreider [2G, 1A], Buchnevich [1G, 2A], and Desharnais [3A] each had three points for the Blueshirts.
Aleksander Barkov, Jamie McGinn, and Michael Haley scored Florida’s goals in the 1st period. Huberdeau finished with a goal and two assists.
The Rangers [now 13-10-2, 28 pts] host the Carolina Hurricanes Friday night at The Garden.