NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at NY Rangers
(Sunday, February 15th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, NY Rangers 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Rookie forward Claude Giroux scored a goal and set up two more, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a resounding 5-2 win over the slumping New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Mike Richards, Matt Carle, Mike Knuble and Glen Metropolit also tallied for the Flyers, who have won four of their last five games. Martin Biron stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced.
Lauri Korpikoski and Nikolai Zherdev each had a goal for the Rangers, who are 1-5-2 in their last eight games. Henrik Lundqvist got the start for New York and was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 14 shots. Steve Valiquette made five saves the rest of the way.
"Losing is no fun. It keeps you up at night, it kills you. We got to find a way to get wins," Rangers center Chris Drury said.
Giroux was the lone player to turn on the red light in the first period. It all started with a great effort from Scottie Upshall. Lundqvist had turned away a Darroll Powe offering and dove to cover up the rebound at the side of the net. However, the scrappy Upshall swooped in and got to the puck first, backhanding it blindly through the slot. Giroux gathered the feed and rifled the puck home before Lundqvist could recover at the 8:12 mark.
The Flyers grabbed a 2-0 lead courtesy of Richard's short-handed breakaway goal while killing a two-man advantage. Scott Hartnell was called for slashing in the dying seconds of the opening frame and Jeff Carter went off for tripping 19 seconds into the second period. A turnover, though, by the home team resulted in an outlet pass from Braydon Coburn to Richards, who skated in alone down the middle and fired a wrister past the glove of Lundqvist at 1:18.
"Our power play and penalty kill has been good all year," Richards said. "You kill momentum when you kill penalties or score on a 5-on-3 like that. I think with our penalty kill we know when to take chances and when not to...[Coburn] made a good block and a good play to get it to me and I got a little bit lucky on the shot."
Philadelphia then lit the lamp three times in a span of 1:49.
Carle roofed the puck over Lundqvist's shoulder at 7:03, then Metropolit scored 54 seconds later, chasing Lundqvist from the crease. Knuble then one- timed a backhand pass from Giroux behind Valiquette at 8:52.
During Saturday's home win against the Islanders, Philadelphia scored three goals in a 67-second span.
Korpikoski put New York on the board with 7:35 remaining in the second period, and Zherdev redirected a point shot by Wade Redden at the 9:39 mark of the third period.
Philadelphia leads the NHL in short-handed goals with 14, while the Rangers have given up the most (14)...Despite the setback, New York has still won eight of the last 12 meetings with the Flyers...Philadelphia is 14-9-6 as the guest this year...The Rangers are 17-9-3 as the host.
02/15 17:18:52 ET