NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at NY Rangers
(Tuesday, March 25th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 2, NY Rangers 1 (OT)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Mike Richards scored 2:16 into overtime as the Philadelphia Flyers picked up two big points with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers in an Atlantic Division battle at Madison Square Garden.
In the extra session, Jason Smith picked off an errant pass in the Philadelphia end and sprung Richards on a breakaway. Richards skated into the New York end, and with Marek Malik all over him, he slid a backhander between the pads of Henrik Lundqvist for the win.
"We caught a lucky break at the end," said Richards. "I just tried to shovel it in on the bounce, and it just trickled in."
Danny Briere scored a goal while Martin Biron made 31 saves for the Flyers, who have won four straight and are now one point behind the Rangers for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference.
"Lately we've dropped a couple games where we've found ways to lose with a lead, so this was huge for us to come back, tie it up and find a way to win in overtime," said Briere. "It's so critical. Every point counts."
Jaromir Jagr scored the lone goal while Lundqvist made 23 saves for the Rangers, who have dropped four of their last six games. New York has 89 points and sits in the sixth spot, two points behind New Jersey and Ottawa for the fourth slot.
"These are big games against good opponents, and every point is valuable," said Rangers coach Tom Renney. "We'll correct what we need to correct and continue to pay attention and move forward. If you dwell on losses too long, you'll be out of it."
With the goal, Jagr now has 1,591 points, which moved him ahead of Phil Esposito for ninth place on the all-time list.
The Rangers scored just 1:41 into the contest as Jagr brought the puck out from the right boards and used a screen to put a low shot from the right circle past Biron for his 20th goal of the season.
The game turned into a defensive struggle from there as Lundqvist made six saves in each of the first and second periods while Biron stopped 10 shots in the second as the third period started with New York still holding a 1-0 lead.
"We stuck with the game plan -- we didn't get frustrated and we created opportunities through hard work," Richards added.
The Flyers, though, tied the game at the 7:32 mark on Briere's goal. Jaroslav Modry sent a pass from the left point down to Briere at the left circle. Briere spotted Vinny Prospal in the slot and sent it there. Prospal immediately fed the disc back to Briere and he slammed it home for his 30th goal of the season.
"I was ready for (the pass back), but it still surprised me," said Briere. "I was all alone, and I saw the puck come back and I was ready for it. Those are plays that you can't teach. Not too many players can make that play -- that (Prospal's pass) was an amazing play."
Jagr has scored at least 20 goals in 17 straight seasons...The Rangers host New Jersey on Thursday...Philadelphia plays in New Jersey on Friday...Briere has scored four goals in the past three games...New York won five of the eight contests against Philadelphia this season...New York went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Philadelphia finished 0-for-3.
03/25 23:57:27 ET