SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The New York Rangers got contributions from their veterans and some late additions in their fifth straight road victory.
Henrik Lundqvist made 43 saves to earn his 30th win of the season and lead the Rangers over the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Tanner Glass had a goal and an assist in his second game since being recalled from AHL Hartford last Sunday. The goal was his first since March 21, 2016, also against Florida.
Lundqvist is the only goalie in NHL history to record at least 30 wins in 11 of his first 12 seasons. Lundqvist joins Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy as the only goalies to earn 30 or more wins in 10 seasons.
“I’m proud. I’m very proud. I worked really hard,” Lundqvist said. “Sometimes it doesn’t always go your way, but you just have to stick with it and believe in yourself and your team. That’s what I’ve been doing here for 12 years now.”
Glass has spent all season with Hartford after being waived before the season.
“It’s been awesome,” Glass said about his play. “It’s been a tough year for me to say the least. As tough as it’s been being (in Hartford) it’s been just as good if not better coming up.”
Nick Holden, Kevin Hayes, and Chris Kreider also scored goals for the Rangers. Pavel Buchnevich added an empty-net goal.
Lundqvist enters the top 10 in NHL career wins with 404 after Tuesday’s game.
“He’s been one of the best goaltenders in the league over the last 12 years,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We’re all working hard in front of him and we continue to do that.”
Aaron Ekblad and Thomas Vanek scored for the Panthers and James Reimer allowed four goals on 19 shots before being replaced by Reto Berra with 6:46 left in the second. Berra, seeing his first NHL action since Dec. 9. 2015, stopped eight shots.
New York is 24-8-0 on the road while Florida has won just once in its past six home games.
“We’ve been here a few times in the last couple weeks. We’ve got the horses in the room and we’ve got to be better,” Panthers captain Derek MacKenzie said.
“Anything I tell you at this point is probably an excuse.”
Leading 2-0, the Rangers went ahead 3-0 after Hayes backhanded the puck past Reimer on a breakaway at 4:06 of the second.
The Panthers closed to 3-1 on Vanek’s goal at 11:20 of the second. Vanek’s shot from the slot beat Lundqvist for his first goal as a Panther. Vanek was acquired from the Detroit Red Wings last week at the trade deadline.
Holden made the score 4-1 when his shot from the high slot beat Reimer on the stick side at 13:14 of the second.
Ekblad’s power-play goal with 3:26 left in the third made the score 4-2 before Buchnevich’s empty-net goal with 1:45 left.
“Our defensive mistakes were glaring and they capitalized on them,” Panthers interim coach Tom Rowe said. “We’ve just got to stay with it.”
Kreider gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 9:25 of the first. Kreider redirected a shot from the right circle by former Panther Steven Kampfer into the net from in front for his 25th goal of the season.
The Rangers stretched their lead to 2-0 when Glass knocked in a rebound under Reimer’s pads with 7:00 left in the first.
Notes: Former Panthers captain Olli Jokinen retired as a member of Florida’s organization on Tuesday. He played for the Panthers from 2000 to 2008 and is the franchise’s leader in goals (188) and points (419). “I’m honored and humbled that that the Panthers were willing to do this,” Jokinen said. “When I got traded from here in 2008, I had it in the back of my head that I wanted to come back to Florida and play my last year in Florida. Obviously, it didn’t happen, but it ended up happening this way. It’s been a great day. I’m finally officially leaving the game behind as a player.” … Rangers forward Michael Grabner missed his fourth game with a lower-body injury. … Defenseman Adam Clendening and forward Matt Puempel were each a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
Rangers: Visits the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday
Panthers: Hosts the Minnesota Wild on Friday
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