NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Philadelphia
(Friday, March 21st)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, NY Rangers 3 (SO)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Mike Richards scored the deciding goal in the shootout, as the Philadelphia Flyers snapped a seven-game home losing streak against the New York Rangers with a 4-3 victory.
In the first round, Richards moved in on Steve Valiquette with speed before faking a backhander and slipping the puck through the five hole. After Brendan Shanahan's backhand offering went wide of the net, Jeff Carter lifted a backhander high over the blocker of Valiquette. Martin Biron then stopped Nigel Dawes' shot with the left pad and the bottom of the catching glove to secure the win.
Danny Briere scored twice for the Flyers, who defeated the Rangers at the Wachovia Center for the first time since April 15, 2006. Richards also scored in regulation and Vinny Prospal added two assists, while Biron made 23 saves.
With the win, Philadelphia leapt over idle Boston for sole possession of the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.
Jaromir Jagr posted a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who saw their two- game winning streak to come to a end. Christian Backman collected three assists and Valiquette stopped 27-of-30 shots in defeat.
The Rangers have 88 points and sit sixth in the East, one point behind Ottawa for the fifth seed.
Briere gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead with 9:10 left in regulation. Prospal did a great job of keeping the puck in at the blue line and dished down low to Briere, who went around the net and banked the disc off the stick of New York's Dan Girardi.
The Rangers stormed back, netting two goals in a 1:48 span.
Marek Malik cut the deficit in half with a wrister from the left point that eluded traffic in front and found the twine behind Biron with 7:59 remaining.
Scott Hartnell nearly restored a two-goal margin, but his shot skidded off the left post. Moments later, Dawes ripped a shot from the point that deflected off the knee of Patrick Thoresen and between the legs of Biron, tying the score at two with 6:11 left.
Philadelphia regained the lead on Briere's second goal of the night. Prospal fished the puck free from the right corner and threw a rink-wide pass to Hartnell in the low slot. Hartnell then quickly dished to Briere, who tucked the puck home from inside the crease with 3:37 to go.
New York knotted the score at three with 1:51 to play in regulation, as Jagr collected a loose puck in front and fired a backhander off the leg of Flyers defenseman Jason Smith.
Each club had a power-play chance in overtime, but couldn't convert.
The Flyers grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 4:37 mark of the first period. Richards blocked Malik's shot at the point, gobbled up the loose puck, stickhandled around the flat-footed defenseman and skated the length of the ice in alone on Valiquette. Richards, with his head up the entire way, snapped a quick wrister high to the glove side for his 26th of the year.
It marked the first time the Flyers tallied against the Rangers on home ice since Denis Tolpeko lit the lamp with 9:31 remaining in the third period of their 4-3 shootout loss on November 15. Valiquette posted back-to-back shutouts at the Wachovia Center on January 31 (4-0) and February 9 (2-0).
The Blueshirts went nearly 13 minutes without a shot in a scoreless second period.
The Flyers host the Islanders on Sunday, while the Rangers are off until Tuesday, when they welcome Philadelphia...New York center Scott Gomez suffered an upper-body injury near the midway point of the first period and did not return. The injury occurred when he lost an edge and crashed into the end boards. Gomez, grimacing in pain, made his way back to the bench before eventually retreating to the locker room, where he underwent further examinations...Philadelphia finished 0-for-6 on the power play and New York went 0-for-3.
03/21 22:35:28 ET