NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at NY Rangers
(Sunday, March 2nd)
Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Philadelphia 4 (SO)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Brendan Shanahan and Nigel Dawes each tallied in the shootout and Martin Straka had a goal and an assist in regulation as the New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-4, at Madison Square Garden.
Shanahan went first for the Rangers in the shootout and beat Martin Biron with a wrister high to the glove side to give the home team the advantage. After Kimmo Timonen was stopped by Stephen Valiquette, Dawes scored on a backhander that got through the five hole of the Philadelphia netminder. Jeff Carter, who tallied twice for the Flyers in regulation, needed to score to keep the shootout alive, but hit the left post on a wrist shot and the Rangers prevailed.
"I was just focused on staying square to the shooter and trying to take away shooting options," Valiquette said of the shootout. "On the second one, I heard it hit the post, but didn't think it went in."
Fredrik Sjostrom, Ryan Callahan and Christian Backman each scored for the Rangers, who have won four straight and improved to 7-0-2 in their last nine. Marek Malik added a pair of assists in the win.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped only five of eight shots in the first period, before being replaced by Valiquette for the start of the second. Valiquette stopped 17-of-18 chances the rest of the way, as New York improved to 5-1 in six meetings versus Philadelphia this season.
Vinny Prospal and Braydon Coburn also tallied for the Flyers, who had their three-game winning streak halted.
Antero Niittymaki started in goal for the Flyers and turned aside 10-of-14 shots, but was lifted in favor of Biron 1:51 into the second period. Biron made 21 saves in relief. Scottie Upshall and Timonen each chipped in with a pair of helpers in defeat.
With the Rangers clinging to a 4-3 lead after two, New York was awarded a power play at the 20:00 minute mark of the second after Timonen was whistled for hooking, but was unable to capitalize.
Philadelphia got the equalizer with 8:11 left in the third when Carter notched his second goal of the contest. Randy Jones took a pass from Upshall and let a wrister go from the high slot, which was batted away by Valiquette, but Carter knocked the puck out of midair and past the Rangers netminder to tie the contest.
Despite a flurry of chances by both teams the rest of the third and overtime, there was no further scoring and the game went to the shootout.
Philadelphia got off to a quick start, tallying 1:08 into the opening period. Prospal picked up the puck in the Rangers low right circle and had his passed intended for Danny Briere blocked by a New York defender. But the disc sat on the goal line and Prospal tapped it home, giving the Flyers the early advantage.
Straka's power-play marker tied the game just over three minutes later. With Jesse Boulerice serving a slashing minor, Straka's wrister from the middle slot hit the right post, then went off the back of Niittymaki's skate and into the net.
Coburn's tally with the man advantage at 8:14 gave the Flyers a brief 2-1 lead, but the Rangers responded with a pair of quick goals.
First it was Sjostrom evening the contest at 2-2 with 8:24 left in the stanza, then Callahan deposited a rebound past the Flyers netminder 2:22 later to put the Rangers up 3-2.
Carter's wrist shot on a nice feed from Upshall squared the contest with 4:13 left in the frame.
With the game deadlocked at 3-3 after one period of play, New York lit the lamp 1:51 into the second. Backman took a tap pass from Scott Gomez and ripped a wrist shot from the middle slot that beat Niittymaki high to the glove side to make it a 4-3 game. The Flyers netminder was then replaced by Biron.
Attendance was 18,200...Philadelphia will host Buffalo on Tuesday night, while the Rangers will battle the Islanders...The Rangers improved to 21-13 at home this season, while the Flyers fell to 19-13-2 as the visitor.
03/02 18:57:12 ET