NEW YORK (Ticker) — A quick spurt by the Florida Panthers’ top
scorers kept John Tortorella winless as coach of the New York
David Booth and Nathan Horton scored exactly one minute apart in
the third period as the Panthers rallied for a 2-1 victory over
the slumping Rangers on Thursday.
Craig Anderson made 40 saves for Florida (31-22-8), which pulled
into a tie with New York (31-24-8) for sixth place in the
All-Star Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 20 shots and Markus
Naslund netted the lone goal for the Rangers, who have lost 12
of their last 14 contests (2-8-4).
Booth knotted the game at 1-1 with 8:10 remaining the final
session, accepting a drop pass from Stephen Weiss and firing a
backhander between the pads of Lundqvist. The 24-year-old Booth
leads the Panthers with 21 goals this season, but had not scored
since January 27 – a span of 11 games.
Florida took the lead 60 seconds later, when Horton took a
centering pass from Richard Zednik and unleashed a one-timer
Tortorella, who replaced fired Tom Renney on Monday, witnessed a
2-1 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs during his debut on
Wednesday. He also went 0-3-1 during a short stint with New
York in the 1999-2000 campaign.
The Rangers opened the scoring at 7:34 of the first period.
Scott Gomez’s breakaway attempt was stopped by Anderson, but
Markus Naslund chipped in the rebound for his team-leading 19th
goal of the season.
New York appeared to score 17 ticks into the contest, but the
goal was disallowed because Brandon Dubinsky deflected the puck
in with a high stick.