The New York Rangers and the Florida Panthers are currently facing off at Madison Square Garden. After 40 minutes of play, the score is already 5-4 in favour of the Rangers, but there is still a lot of hockey left to play.
What a game it already is! Early in the first period, the Rangers' Ryan Lindgren drew first blood. Late in the first, the Panthers replied with two back-back goals, only 30 seconds apart. Tominato scores the first and his first career goal, while Barkov dips and dangles for the Panther's second goal.
In the second period, the Rangers tie it right back up after a little more than one minute of play. Filip Chytil shows off his smooth hands with a great individual play.
The Panthers then took the lead back thanks to Evgeni Dadonov, before Brady Skjei and rookie Kaapo Kakko took it right back for the Rangers with consecutive goals. Skjei out skated everyone before burying the backhand Late in the period, the Panther's Frank Vatrano made it 4-4. Chris Kreider was having none of it and made it 5-4 in favour of the Rangers with a power play goal.
As if the scoreline and the spectacular goals weren't already crazy enough, the Rangers-Panthers matchup also had its share of improbable incidents.
In the first period of play, the Rangers' Brendan Lemieux left the ice in tremendous pain after blocking a powerful slapshot from Keith Yandle. To give you an idea of the force of the impact, Lemieux's leg literally ricocheted after the puck hit him. See for yourself.
Against all odds, Lemieux isn't the only one who was injured by a shit during the game. New York d-man Libor Hajek to a shot that rose until it hit Florida's MacKenzie Weegar in the head!
A few moments later, Aaron Ekblad from the Panthers dodged a hit deep in his own zone before being boarded by the Rangers' hard-nosed winger Greg McKegg. After the violent impact, Mike Tominato stepped in to defend his team mate. A brawl ensued between he and McKegg.
It is now tied up at 5 in the third period as veteran Brian Boyle scored one for the Florida Panthers. What else could this game have in store for us?