The Rangers lost in a shootout tonight against the Florida Panthers, 3-2. Stephen Valiquette got the start tonight and really looked great for every shot he faced, except for the two that went in during regulation and the one in the shootout. All three goals were somewhat soft, but the amount of great saves he made outweighs the soft goals. Chris Drury broke out of a scoring slump and recorded both of New York's goals, but couldn't get the equalizer in the shootout.
The Rangers were really outplayed in the first period, but came out with a 1-0 lead. From there, their play picked up and was extremely sharp towards the end of the third period. The Rangers downfall, however, was the speed of Florida. They were quicker than almost every Ranger defender, which led to three breakaways in regulation, and several partial breakaways that led to scoring chances.
Sorry for the lack of updating over the last couple of days. I'll be busy again most of the weekend, and probably won't get a chance to update again until Sunday night or Monday morning. The Rangers take on the Dallas Stars at 1pm at home on Sunday afternoon on My9 for those of you in New York. Ryan Callahan is expected to return to action, which may be a good sign since Martin Straka, who returned today, left the game at the end of the third period. Enjoy the rest of the shopping weekend and I'll check in after the Dallas game.