Panthers vs Rangers Live : Tonight the New York Rangers look to get back to winning hockey against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden. New NHL New York Rangers Car Truck Front Rear Heavy duty All Weather Floor Mats. Jonathan Huberdeau was able to bring the Panthers back within a goal, but Kevin Hayes iced the game in the third round with a disgusting move to his forehand and gave the Rangers a 5-4 win.
In their second to last home game of the regular season, the Bruins welcomed the Florida Panthers for a Saturday matinee at TD Garden. It certainly felt like a matinee, as the sluggish Bruins never found their groove and lost, 4-1. Riley Sheahan and Evgenii Dadonov took advantage of a few defensive lapses and put the Panthers ahead by two after 20 minutes.
Noel Acciari cut the deficit to one after hammering home a rebound in the second period. But the Bruins couldn’t build on that momentum. Instead, on a power play late in the middle frame, they conceded a shorthanded tally from Troy Brouwer to give the Panthers the 3-1 lead. “We battled back from 2-0 [to make it] 2-1. [But] you could tell we didn’t have our A-game,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said following the loss. “Our execution was off…but this was a team loss, a total team loss today, in my estimation. We just were not crisp with the puck. Another day, if we had a little more puck luck, we might squeeze a point or two or get a win, but we certainly wouldn’t walk away and say ‘boy, this was one of our better ones’, no matter how this turned out today.”
Here’s what we learned as the Bruins had their 12-game home winning streak snapped at the hands of their Atlantic Division foes.
Johansson’s first line experiment didn’t work
In typical Cassidy fashion, the third-year Bruins coach shook things up during Friday’s practice, giving Marcus Johansson a shot on the first line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. David Pastrnak, fresh off his five-point outing against the Rangers, skated alongside Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci on the second line.
It was an effort to balance all four lines, especially with Pastrnak tallying four of his five points with DeBrusk and Krejci on Wednesday. It should’ve worked in theory, but Johansson is still trying to find his footing after his second game back from a lung contusion. Cassidy’s plan didn’t work at all. The Bruins looked a bit lost at times. Johansson just didn’t seem to mesh as well with Bergeron and Marchand as he did with Krejci and DeBrusk before his latest injury. The former Caps and Devils forward finished with a minus-one rating and failed to record a single shot on net in his 13:38 of ice time.
“Listen, I have to find a place for him, but by the same token we’re here to win games and until we get locked in,” Cassidy said about his lineup. “I think I’ve coached that way since I got here. But no matter what, Marcus missed time. He’s not going to have a ton of time to find a line. So one or two games, yes, could help him, but I have to do what’s right by our group as well.”