For two periods Tuesday night, the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers traded chances but couldn’t find the back of the net. However, a third period tally by Brandon Dubinsky proved to be the difference, and the Rangers won a pivotal game 1-0, at Madison Square Garden.
The first two periods were mainly controlled by the Rangers, but Tomas Vokoun was stellar. The Rangers outshot the Panthers 28-13 through the first 40 minutes, but missed many golden opportunities.
The Rangers finally broke through at the 7:49 mark of the third period. Ryan Callahan picked up a loose puck and drew complete attention at the side of Vokoun. With everybody focused on the puck, Callahan centered a pass to Dubinsky, who one-timed the puck into the open net.
The Panthers were unable to muster many offensive chances in their first game on the road in eight contests. Henrik Lundqvist made a few nice saves, 22 in all, and recorded his league leading 10th shutout of the season. New York got two big points, and remained in seventh place in the Eastern Conference race.
Florida will be back in action Wednesday night, in Chicago against the Blackhawks. It will be the second game of a five game road trip.