NEW YORK (AP) — Cam Talbot made 38 saves and the streaking New York Rangers beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Sunday for their 14th victory in 17 games.
New York (44-17-7) has an NHL-best 95 points and has earned at least one point in 17 of 18 games. James Sheppard and Matt Hunwick scored for the Rangers.
The Panthers, who began the day six points out of a playoff spot, lost in regulation for the first time in five games. Brandon Pirri scored his 15th goal, and Dan Ellis made 32 saves.
Despite a disjointed first period, New York led 1-0 at the start of the second due to Sheppard’s sixth goal of the season — his first with the Rangers— and Talbot’s diving save on Jussi Jokinen with 49.6 seconds left.