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Booth, Horton rally Panthers past Rangers

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

Eastern Conference.

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

past Lundqvist.

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.


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