Rangers rally for 4 straight goals, beat Panthers 4-3
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Patrick Kane scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period as the New York Rangers rallied from two goals down to beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Saturday.
Kaapo Kakko, Alexis Lafreniere and Filip Chytil each had a goal and an assist to help New York win for the eighth time in 10 games. Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots to snap a four-game skid (0-2-2) and get his first win since Feb. 11 at Carolina.
Aleksander Barkov had two goals and Ryan Lomberg also scored for Florida, which has lost three straight. Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 38 saves.
The Panthers took a 2-0 lead into the second period after outshooting the Rangers 12-3.
Barkov got things started for the Panthers, following up a loose puck and sweeping it past Halak at 9:15 of the opening period.
Lomberg picked up his 11th goal of the season on a shot from the left circle with 5:14 left in the first.
The Rangers picked up their game in the second, outshooting Florida 21-8 and tying the score.
New York scored on its 11th shot of the period at 8:50 as Kakko got behind the Florida defense and put in a rebound for his 14th.
Lafreniere tied the score at 2 with 1:45 remaining in the second as he walked in on Bobrovsky and scored his 15th.
The Rangers had their first lead 1:22 into the third when Kane fired off a long shot that caught the stick of Florida forward Carter Verhagehe and went past Bobrovsky. It was Kane's 20th of the season and gave him four goals and eight points in 12 games since being acquired from Chicago before the trade deadline.
Chytil made it 4-2 nearly five minutes later with his 21st.
The Panthers cut their deficit to a goal at the seven-minute mark as Barkov scored off a pass from Sam Reinhart for his second of the night and 20th of the season.
The Panthers continue to be without C Sam Bennett as he has missed the past three games. Bennett left a game in Detroit in the third period on Monday night and has not played since. ... Barkov played in his 655th NHL game, pulling into second place for most played in franchise history behind former linemate Jonathan Huberdeau (671). Barkov passed Huberdeau for most career points in franchise history on Monday night in Detroit.
Rangers: Host Columbus on Tuesday night.
Panthers: At Ottawa on Monday night.
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George Richards, The Associated Press