NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at NY Rangers
(Saturday, February 17th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, NY Rangers 3
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Simon Gagne and Geoff Sanderson each had a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers held on to defeat the New York Rangers 5-3, in a game marred by an injury to Rangers left wing Brendan Shanahan.
The scary moment came when Shanahan was taken off the ice on a stretcher with 12:33 left in the contest after the veteran forward collided with Philadelphia's Mike Knuble away from the puck in the Flyers' defensive zone. Knuble was helped off the ice by the team's training staff.
Shanahan, who was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital, where he underwent X-rays and a CT scan, which turned up negative. Shanahan was to be kept overnight in the hospital for observation.
"It's always hard to see your players go down whether it's coincidental or otherwise," Rangers head coach Tom Renney said. "It's tough, but we're going to have to overcome that and play in the spirit of what he's all about anyway. Hopefully he won't be out too long."
R.J. Umberger and Dimitry Afanasenkov each tallied goals for the Flyers, who have won three of their last four games and will host the Boston Bruins on Monday.
Scottie Upshall, who the Flyers acquired him along with defenseman Ryan Parent and a first and third round pick in 2007 from the Nashville Predators for center Peter Forsberg on Thursday, also added a goal in his first game with Philadelphia.
Antero Niittymaki was solid in goal, stopping 40-of-43 shots in the win.
Marcel Hossa, Petr Prucha and Matt Cullen accounted for the New York goals, which had a three-game winning streak stopped and will host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon. Daniel Girardi added two helpers for the Rangers in defeat.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 14-of-17 shots for the Rangers, but left the game with an injury after two periods and Stephen Valiquette finished the game, stopping six of eight shots faced.
After an evenly played and spirited first six minutes of the contest, the Flyers got on the scoreboard with 6:31 left in the opening stanza. Knuble picked up the loose puck in the neutral zone, skated down the right side and from the middle of the circle made a nice cross ice pass to Sanderson, who redirected the disc into a wide open net to give the Flyers an early 1-0 lead.
The Rangers answered with a goal of their own 2 1/2 minutes later when Girardi's shot from the right point was deflected by Hossa standing in the high slot, beating Niittymaki between the pads to tie the contest at 1-1.
Philadelphia struck for a shorthanded goal with 1:09 remaining in the frame. With Ben Eager off the ice serving a minor for roughing and a ten minute misconduct, New York turned the puck over at the Flyers' blue line, sending Umberger and Kyle Calder on a 2-on-0 breakaway. Umberger took control and beat Lundqvist with a quick wrist shot to give the Flyers a 2-1 advantage heading into the intermission.
The Flyers added to their lead with 31 seconds remaining in the second stanza. Philadelphia forced the Rangers into a turnover at their own blue line, Alexandre Picard grabbed the puck and sent a pass to Gagne on the right side, who skated in on Lundqvist and beat the New York netminder between the five- hole for a 3-1 lead.
Upshall tallied on a wraparound just over 2 1/2 minutes into the third frame while on the power play to up the visitors lead to 4-1.
Afanasenkov was awarded a penalty shot 3:28 into the third period after being pulled down from behind on a breakaway, but his backhand attempt was knocked away by Valiquette.
The Rangers got one back 3 1/2 minutes later when Prucha scored on the power play to cut the Flyers deficit to 4-2.
The Blue Shirts appeared to be energized after Shanahan was taken off and mustered several shots on the Flyers net, but Niittymaki was up for the challenged, making all the stops.
Philadelphia added to its lead when Afanasenkov lit the lamp after he got a wrist shot passed Valiquette with just under six minutes left in the contest.
The Rangers continued to put the offensive pressure on Philadelphia and tallied a late shorthanded goal by Cullen to account for the final score.
The Rangers finished 1-for-9 on the power play, the Flyers were also 1-for-6 with the man advantage...Upshall's goal was his first tally since Nov. 11, 2006.
02/17 20:23:18 ET