NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Philadelphia
(Thursday, November 15th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Philadelphia 3 (SO)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Brendan Shanahan scored the lone goal in the shootout, lifting the New York Rangers over the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3, at the Wachovia Center.
Shanahan also scored during regulation, and Scott Gomez and Sean Avery each had two assists for New York, which has won four straight and eight of nine. Fedor Tyutin and Petr Prucha also scored for the Rangers, who moved into a tie with Philadelphia atop the Atlantic Division standings with 22 points.
Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves, stopping two shots in the shootout, for New York, which has won both games against the Flyers this season and seven of eight dating back to last season.
Recalled from the AHL earlier in the day, Denis Tolpeko recorded his first career points, scoring a goal and adding assist, for Philadelphia, which suffered its first loss in seven home games this season. Daniel Briere and James Dowd also scored for the Flyers, who had a two-game win streak halted.
Martin Biron made 26 saves for Philadelphia, which failed to hit the back of the net in the shootout.
Briere started the shootout and was stopped when he put the puck into the left pad of Lundqvist. Marcel Hossa then hit the outside of the net for the Rangers, giving the Flyers a chance to go ahead.
However, Mike Richards, who had an assist in regulation, wristed a shot over the net. Shanahan then capitalized for the Blueshirts, beating Biron with a wrister over the shoulder.
Scottie Upshall was then stopped by Lundqvist to secure the two points for the win.
The Flyers got on the board thanks to a fluke goal just 3:23 into the contest. From the right corner of the offensive zone, slightly behind the goal-line extended, Dowd wristed the puck towards the crease that hit off the arm of an ill-prepared Lundqvist and into the net.
New York tied it with 5:19 left in the opening stanza when Tyutin took a cross-ice pass from Gomez and, from the left circle, wristed the puck over the left shoulder of Biron.
The Rangers went ahead 1:47 into the second period. After the Flyers failed on a rush, New York capitalized on an odd-man rush back up ice. Avery brought the puck into the offensive zone and hit Gomez with a pass. Gomez then left the puck for Shanahan, who wristed a shot past the glove side of Biron from the left circle.
Philadelphia, though, tied the game later in the period. With 4:09 to play, Richards won a power-play face off in the left circle back to Briere, who collected the puck and beat Lundqvist with a slapper to the glove side.
The Rangers went ahead 5:17 into the third period. With the puck, Chris Drury rushed the net and then left the puck for Prucha in the right circle. From there, Prucha slapped a shot past a helpless Biron, who was screened.
The Flyers responded with 9:31 left. Lundqvist made a kick save of a Jason Smith slapper from the right point. However, Tolpeko, standing in front, collected the puck by kicking it to his stick and beating a lunging Lundqvist five hole.
Tolpeko recorded his assist during the Flyers' first goal...The Flyers have lost six straight shootouts dating back to last season...Philadelphia ended 1- for-5 on the power play...New York failed on all five of its man-advantage chances.
11/15 22:11:29 ET