Notes: Kreider's penalty, Miller's goal

NEW YORK -- It was not immediately clear what led Chris Kreider take an uncharacteristically dumb penalty late in the game that gave the Panthers the chance to tie it up with 1:15 in regulation.

Kreider shoved Florida's Scottie Upshall to the ice near the Panthers bench and was whistled for a cross-checking penalty.

Coach Alain Vigneault said he wasn't sure what precipitated the action, but said that Kreider addressed the team after the win and apologized for putting them

down a man late in the game.

It is not immediately known whether Kreider will have a hearing for the hit or whether he is expected to incur any supplementary discipline on the play

Kreider was not available for comment after the game.

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J.T. Miller had a fine first-period effort, bringing energy and jump to the Rangers lineup in what goaltender Henrik Lundqvist deemed a "must-win" for the Blueshirts.

The 20-year-old prospect was rewarded for that jam, as he tallied his first goal of the season on a beautiful passing sequence that got the Rangers on the board at 9:49 of the first period.

Miller came this close to picking up an assist later in the frame, too. The former first-round draft pick made a sharp centering feed on a rush late in the first period but Benoit Pouliot couldn't convert the tip-in against Panthers netminder Tim Thomas at the 19-minute mark.

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Lundqvist said that Derek Dorsett's game-tying goal in the second period was a vital one in the team's third consecutive win.

Dorsett followed up on his own wraparound attempt to jam the puck home and knot the score at 2 with 6:02 remaining in the second period.

"I felt like the second goal for us when we tied it up was a big, big goal for the game and for us going out and getting that confidence knowing that we can do this, that we've been there before," Lundqvist said.

It was the gritty winger's second goal this season.

"He likes to be around the net there. He plays hard every night. I'm happy for him. He's scoring some big goals as well," Lundqvist said. "I think all four lines are playing really well."

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Brian Campbell's second goal of the night, which pulled the Panthers within a goal at 4-3, ended the Rangers streak of nine straight games giving up two goals or fewer.