Jamie McLennan, making his first start for the Rangers since
being acquired from Calgary on March 6, stopped 29 shots.
"It was a good night, a good test to get back in," McLennan
said. "I felt ready."
Jaromir Jagr almost gave the Rangers the lead in the third
period, but his wraparound attempt hit the far post.
Odelein, who came in with seven points in 71 games, began
Florida's comeback with a goal and an assist during a wild finish
to the second period.
"That's what veteran leaders do for your hockey club,"
Panthers coach John Torchetti said. "Every night they want to be
out there when it's a big play."
Odelein scored his first goal of the season at 18:04 on a
five-on-three when his slap shot from the point deflected off the
stick of Rangers defenseman Chris McAllister.
"I've been getting a lot of chances lately, they just haven't
been going in," Odelein said. "I finally got a break."
Odelein then set up Horton's power-play goal at 18:35 when his
wraparound attempt was banged in by the rookie forward.
A couple of miscues gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead.
With the Rangers on a power play, Panthers defenseman Andreas Lilja tried to ice the puck down the middle, but he fanned on the shot. The puck slid to the front of the net to McCarthy, who turned and beat Luongo with a shot over the goalie's blocker.
Tyutin scored at the beginning of the Panthers' five-on-three advantage late in the second period when he intercepted Stephen Weiss' cross-ice pass and beat Luongo with a move to his forehand.
"This team right now is all about effort and doing the best we
can," Rangers interim coach Tom Renney said. "It's not easy for
our guys to come to the rink and have to deal with situations they
create for themselves, but they are doing the best they can."
This marked the first time in franchise history the Panthers won back-to-back games in overtime. ... The Panthers snapped a five-game home winless streak (0-4-1) against the Rangers. Their last home victory against New York was a 3-0 win on April 7, 2001. ... Jagr had his five-game point streak snapped. He entered as the leading scorer against Florida with 50 points in 40 games. ... McCarthy played his third game since rejoining the Rangers, with whom he played from 2000 to 2003.
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Arena: BB&T Center Location: Sunrise, Florida
Referees: Marc Joannette, Craig Spada Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Mark Shewchyk
Attendance: 19,250 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Sandy McCarthy (4)
(Power Play) Unassisted
Fedor Tyutin (1)
Lyle Odelein (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Niklas Hagman, Jay Bouwmeester
Nathan Horton (12)
(Power Play) Assists: Lyle Odelein, Juraj Kolnik
No scoring this period
Olli Jokinen (22)
Assists: Donald Audette, Juraj Kolnik