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Rangers offense clicks again, New York tops Panthers 6-3 with 3 goals in 3rd period

  • New York Rangers' Dan Girardi (5) checks Florida Panthers' Brandon Pirri during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    New York Rangers' Dan Girardi (5) checks Florida Panthers' Brandon Pirri during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)  (The Associated Press)

  • Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo makes a save during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo makes a save during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)  (The Associated Press)

  • Florida Panthers' Brandon Pirri (73) celebrates his goal as New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Dominic Moore (28) and Carl Hagelin, right, react during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Florida Panthers' Brandon Pirri (73) celebrates his goal as New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Dominic Moore (28) and Carl Hagelin, right, react during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)  (The Associated Press)

Dan Boyle scored a deflected goal 8:10 into the third period, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello added insurance late, and the New York Rangers beat the pesky Florida Panthers 6-3 on Monday night.

Boyle flipped a shot from the left point that hit the stick of veteran Florida defenseman Willie Mitchell and bounded past surprised goalie Roberto Luongo. Zuccarello made it 5-3 with 4:02 left.

Carl Hagelin was stopped by Luongo on a penalty shot with 3:19 remaining to keep it a two-goal game, but Nash scored into an empty net at 18:07.

The Panthers held a 1-0 lead in the first and dug out of a 3-1 hole in the second, but fell to 1-6-1 in their past eight and are eight points out of the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.