Panthers Tie ECF vs. Panarin, Rangers as NHL Fans Celebrate Sam Reinhart’s OT Goal

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Panthers Tie ECF vs. Panarin, Rangers as NHL Fans Celebrate Sam Reinhart’s OT Goal

SUNRISE, FL - MAY 28: Florida Panthers center Sam Reinhart (13) celebrates his overtime game winning goal during game four of the Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Fla. (Photo by Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Sam Reinhart’s overtime game-winner propelled the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the visiting New York Rangers to knot the Eastern Conference Final at two games apiece on Tuesday.

B/R Open Ice @BR_OpenIce

REINHART WINS IT FOR FLORIDA 🚨 pic.twitter.com/sWXoDffTKj

The Panthers went on the power play after Rangers right wing Blake Wheeler was called for hooking on center Aleksander Barkov just 59 seconds into the extra session.

After Florida won the faceoff, the puck found its way to defenseman Brandon Montour, who slotted a pass to Barkov on the goal line.

Barkov then quickly fired the puck to Reinhart, who was waiting in the inner half of the right faceoff circle. The 28-year-old center then shot a one-timer past Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin, who finished with 38 saves.

The Panthers dominated the last two periods, posting 27 shots on goal to the Rangers’ 10. Florida broke through twice in the second period, scoring off a Sam Bennett even-strength tally and a Carter Verhaeghe power-play goal.

B/R Open Ice @BR_OpenIce

FLORIDA TIES IT UP pic.twitter.com/EDTjQhQ9Ld

B/R Open Ice @BR_OpenIce

VERHAEGHE BATS IT OUT OF MID AIR 😱 pic.twitter.com/TKNTZbTabE

Those goals swung the momentum away from the Rangers, who grabbed it in the first period after center Vincent Trocheck one-timed an Artemi Panarin pass for a power-play score that clipped the underside of the crossbar before going in.

B/R Open Ice @BR_OpenIce

TROCHECK GETS THINGS STARTED IN SUNRISE 🔥 pic.twitter.com/yPFkeWayBF

Despite being out-shot 13-5 in the third period, the Rangers scored the final regulation frame’s lone goal when Alexis Lafrenière paid off a beautiful back-handed setup from defenseman Adam Fox.

B/R Open Ice @BR_OpenIce

WHAT A SETUP BY FOX FOR LAFRENIERE 😱 pic.twitter.com/hN4d9oCWEM

Neither team could break through in the remainder of regulation, leading to the series’ third straight overtime matchup. The Rangers won the first two, but Reinhart stopped that streak cold with a quick OT goal.

Fans were impressed with the effort:

Ggoldman the Golden gang 1-0 them @GregGOLD19

Great shot by Reinhart it was gonna take a perfect shot to beat Igor

Joe @HeatMando

They gonna back up the Brinks truck for Reinhart this summer

Disappointed Cats Fan @sportspessimism

Thank god Sam Reinhart lifted the puck. That’s the key. Lift it.

Christopher Murphy @n4stradamus

Absolutely was having an anxiety attack thinking the Rags may be up 3 games to 1 when we are spanking them every game. Thank you barkov and Reinhart #Timetohunt

Brian Startare @brianstartare

Sam Reinhart just finished the game with an absolute incredible shot. What a series. You hockey haters should check out game 5. You’ll love it.

OT winner : It’s akin to the walk off HR.

And when it’s in the playoffs , it’s so much better.

Hope @hopeggab

Sam Reinhart is unbelievable

Miko @yehmiko

BARKOV TO REINHART BANGGGGGG BANGGG 🐀🐀🐀🐀 CATS TIE IT UP

Boyd @Boyd_1212

Whew what a shot by Reinhart top corner off a great one touch feed by Barkov. Really impressive win by the Panthers. #StanleyCupPlayoffs

steph @DELlC4TES

sam reinhart i love you so much you did that for me thank you and goodnight

Erik @rickyoddd

That was an absolute snipe from Reinhart

Dennis Mick @OHLNOJHLWHL

Sam Reinhart beauty Shot and the OT Winner WOW !

Zach Shapero @ShaperoZach

REINHART SNIPE!!!!! WHAT A SHOT!!!!! GREAT PUCK MOVEMENT!!!!! #TimeToHunt

Scott @ScottSchierl

BANGGGGG REINHART IS AN ANIMAL

erin @emohischier

SAM REINHART I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR EXISTENCE

kev 🐻 @drunktankpiink

REINHART ON SPECIAL TEAMS IS INEVITABLE

Conor Hurley @CHurls13

unebelievable powerplay. insane puck movement and targeted ability to get the puck to reinhart at the bumper, and most important, amazing finish.

bring back Samson and run it @BuffaloSabres pic.twitter.com/7TeZ7iZwqd

Game 5 will take place on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET in New York. Game 6 will follow on Saturday in Florida. Game 7, if necessary, will go down Monday at 8 p.m.

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