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Alexander Wennberg scores game-winning goal in overtime, gives Rangers 5-4 win in Game 3 over Panthers

Antwan Staley, New York Daily News on

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Barclay Goodrow was the New York Rangers’ hero in Game 2 after his goal in overtime gave the team a 2-1 victory.

On Sunday, it was Alexander Wennberg who provided the magic in overtime.

Wennberg tipped in the game-winner at 5:35 in overtime to give the Rangers a 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amerant Bank Arena. The Rangers now lead the series 2-1.

Goodrow also scored two goals along with Alexis Lafrenière. Vincent Trocheck chipped in two assists.

Sam Reinhart recorded two power-play goals for the Panthers in a losing effort.

Igor Shesterkin allowed four goals on 38 shots, but he was tremendous late in the third period and overtime. He did not allow during the final 18 minutes of the game.

 

After solid performances in the series’ first two games, Sergei Bobrovsky and the Panthers’ defense were substandard in Game 3. Bobrovsky allowed four goals, tied for the most he has allowed this postseason.

Teams that win Game 3 when a best-of-seven series is tied 1-1 in a conference final/semifinal have a record of 59-18. The Rangers improve to 4-0 in overtime games this postseason.

Florida’s defense allowed the Blueshirts to have several goal opportunities in the zone, including a short-handed goal by Goodrow during the second period.

After two low-scoring games to begin the Eastern Conference Final, Game 3 was much more high-paced and offensive-oriented.

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