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Saturday, October 7th (All times eastern)

New York Rangers (1-0-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (0-1-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers meet for the first time this season when the division rivals battle this evening in the opener of a home-and-home series at the Wachovia Center.

The Rangers kicked off their season with a 5-2 victory on Thursday night. Brendan Shanahan scored twice to collect his 600th career goal and lead the Blueshirts to the victory at Madison Square Garden.

Shanahan, who signed a free-agent contract with the Rangers in July, began his career with New Jersey in 1987 and has compiled 634 assists and 1,234 points in 1,351 contests with the Devils, St. Louis, Hartford and Detroit. The forward is just the 15th player in history to accumulate 600 goals. Jari Kurri is 14th on the list with 601 scores.

Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka each had a goal and an assist while Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves for the Rangers, who hadn't won a season opener at MSG since October 10, 1985 versus Washington.

The Flyers will try to rebound from a season-opening loss tonight. They began the season in Pittsburgh on Thursday and were handed a 4-0 loss. Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his third career shutout with 40 saves and Sidney Crosby tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Penguins.

Robert Esche allowed four goals on 21 shots for the Flyers. Philadelphia, which finished 0-for-10 on the power play, has several new faces up front including Geoff Sanderson and Kyle Calder. Simon Gagne was re-signed to a five-year contract prior to training camp, and center Peter Forsberg replaced the now-retired Keith Primeau as the team's captain.

Tonight's game marks the 39th home opener in Flyers history. Philadelphia is 22-11-5 all-time in its first home game of the season.

The Flyers and Rangers split eight meetings last season and Philly has won 14 of the last 21 encounters. New York has won four of its last seven games in the City of Brotherly Love.

The Flyers will make the return trip to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

10/07 10:45:47 ET


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