Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Marcel Goc netted the go-ahead goal on the power play in the third period, while Jacob Markstrom turned in a stellar performance between the pipes to lead the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers from the BB&T Center.
Markstrom outdueled reigning Vezina Trophy recipient Henrik Lundqvist with a 36-save effort that enabled the Panthers to halt a six-game losing streak and prevent the Rangers from securing a postseason berth. Tomas Fleischmann added a goal and an assist to the victory, with Drew Shore contributing a key empty- net tally with 1:23 left to play.
Lundqvist stopped only 13-of-15 shots for New York, which came in having won three in a row that included a 6-1 rout of the Panthers last Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
Despite the loss, the Rangers still remain in control of the eighth and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference after ninth-place Winnipeg fell to Washington on Tuesday. New York owns a one-point lead on the Jets with two games remaining to Winnipeg's one.
Taylor Pyatt and Derick Brassard each scored in the third period for the Rangers, with Brassard's coming with 32.9 seconds left.