Rangers win Game 2 thriller on Barclay Goodrow’s overtime goal

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There were the Rangers we met in overtime of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

The team that coined the slogan “No Quit in New York” for a reason.

Once Barclay Goodrow scored 14:01 into overtime to take a 2-1 victory over the Panthers and even the series at one win a piece heading to Florida, the previous stressful 60 minutes of regulation suddenly didn’t hold up. so much weight.

New York Rangers center Barclay Goodrow (R) celebrates his winning goal in overtime with his teammates against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden. JASON SZENES FOR THE NEW YORK POST
New York Rangers center Barclay Goodrow celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden. JASON SZENES FOR THE NEW YORK POST
New York Rangers center Barclay Goodrow celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden. JASON SZENES FOR THE NEW YORK POST

Even though the game was 1-1 at the start of the third period, it seemed like the Panthers once again had the lead for most of the game.

New York Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin makes a save in the second period. JASON SZENES FOR THE NEW YORK POST

Although the Rangers opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game, Florida scored the equalizer late in the first period and never allowed the home team to completely dictate the pace of the game.


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Struggling to connect on their attacking opportunities, the Rangers seemed to constantly get knocked off the puck in transition.

The Panthers wasted most of the odd-man attacking opportunities and were the first to get most of the pucks.

But the Rangers held on despite hard hitting, transition struggles and stifling moments in their own half to earn a much-needed victory.

Vincent Trocheck celebrates with New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox after scoring a goal by Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in the first period at Madison Square Garden. JASON SZENES FOR THE NEW YORK POST

The Rangers were much sharper within their system and tougher in front control in this one.

And with Matt Rempe replacing Kaapo Kakko, who was scratched healthy in an Eastern Conference finals game for the second time in three years, the 6-foot-8 ½ forward made the impact on the building that he always has.

The crowd cheered when Goodrow was ejected from the faceoff circle and Rempe stepped in to earn the tie.

All of this allowed the Rangers to strike first with their opening goal of the series after being shut out in Game 1.

Evan Rodrigues #17 of the Florida Panthers reacts after Carter Verhaeghe #23 of the Florida Panthers scores. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

The second line returned to the offensive zone and went right to the net when Adam Fox fed Vincent Trocheck for an easy tap-in and the 1-0 lead at the 4:12 mark of the first period.

Alexis Lafreniere knocked down Carter Verhaeghe in the process and incurred the Panthers forward’s ire, causing a scrum to break out as the Garden crowd sang the goal song.

The Rangers got a power play with all the extracurriculars, but the Panthers’ penalty kill has shackled the best unit so far in this series.

Things got difficult between the two teams from the beginning. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

After going 0 for 2 in Game 1, the Blueshirts went 0 for 4 in the Game 2 victory, including a four-on-three opportunity for 1:25 in the second period.

But the Panthers’ power play tied the game at 1-1 late in the first quarter on a goal by Verhaeghe.

In the second half of the second period, the Rangers were down to 11 forwards after Jimmy Vesey absorbed a massive hit from Panthers forward Ryan Lomberg.

The fourth-line fullback was hunched on the bench for some time before heading to the locker room, where he remained the rest of the game with what the team described as an upper-body injury.

If Vesey can’t go to Game 3, it’s possible Blake Wheeler will make his playoff debut for the Rangers and compete in his first game since suffering a season-ending injury on Feb. 15.




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