This time, it was the Florida Panthers who got a lucky break.
After surrendering another two goal third period lead, the Panthers scored a fluky goal, when a puck bounced off of the back of Rangers forward Artem Anisimov and over the head of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Mike Weaver received credit for his second goal of the season on the play.
Keaton Ellerby scored his first career NHL goal, and Rostislav Olesz and Mike Santorelli added tallies to help Florida to the 4-3 victory Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Tomas Vokoun, who returned from a minor muscle pull, made 32 saves for his 17th victory of the season.
Derek Stepan, Brandon Prust, and Brian Boyle scored for New York, who lost for the first time in three games.
Florida — who was facing an opponent on the second of a back to back for the fourth game in a row, and fifth time in six games — managed just one shot in the third period. The win got the Panthers over .500 for the third different time this season. Florida has not won when getting a game over .500.
The Panthers get their turn at a back to back tomorrow night, when they play former teammate Nathan Horton and the Bruins for the final time this season at the TD Garden in Boston.