NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Philadelphia|
(Tuesday, March 26th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Philadelphia 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Rick Nash scored two goals and added an
assist, while Derek Stepan delivered a four-point night that propelled the New
York Rangers to a 5-2 decision over the fading Philadelphia Flyers at the
Wells Fargo Center.
Nash's 300th and 301st career goals helped Rangers head coach John Tortorella
to register his 400th win behind the bench and enable the Blueshirts to halt a
two-game slide. Stepan aided the cause by tallying once and assisting on three
others, with Brad Richards contributing a goal and an assist to the victory.
The Rangers also received a marker from Chris Kreider and a 32-save effort out
of Henrik Lundqvist in besting the Flyers for the 11th time in the last 12
matchups between the Atlantic Division rivals.
"It's good for the team that we got five goals as a group, because we have had
a lot of games [like] where we fired 45 shots at Florida -- not saying they
are all Grade A chances, but a few of those games they mount on you," Richards
remarked. "You need something to break where you get five as a team and now
everyone feels a little bit looser. Next practice, we will notice a difference
Jakub Voracek had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, losers of three in a
row and 2-6-1 in its last nine contests. With Tampa Bay winning on Tuesday,
the Flyers fell to 14th place out of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference.
"It's a disappointing night," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. "We
needed to compete better than we did and we didn't."
Wayne Simmonds also lit the lamp in the setback, with Claude Giroux assisting
on both Flyers goals and Ilya Bryzgalov stopping 26-of-31 shots.
A wide-open first period produced a combined 27 shots between the teams but
only one goal, with Nash firing a centering feed from Stepan past the stick
side of Bryzgalov with just over six minutes remaining in the frame.
Bryzgalov did come up with a sharp save on a breakaway try from Carl Hagelin
26 seconds in, and Lundqvist stoned Scott Hartnell from in close less than
four minutes later.
The Rangers struck quickly in the second, though, scoring twice within a span
of slightly over 2 1/2 minutes to build a commanding 3-0 lead.
New York's second power-play opportunity of the night ended with Richards
ripping a one-timer from Stepan over the glove of Bryzgalov at the 3:14 mark.
Shortly afterward, Nash controlled a loose puck and sent it in front for
Stepan, who slipped in a backhander all alone from the left side to extend the
The Flyers finally got on the board by virtue of a roughing call on the
Rangers' Brian Boyle with three minutes left in the middle session. After a
barrage of Philadelphia shots, Simmonds knocked the puck through from in front
53 seconds later to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Philadelphia maintained the momentum during the beginning portions of the
final period, and closed within one when Giroux's blast from the left point
caromed off Voracek's helmet and trickled by Lundqvist with 6:28 elapsed in
New York responded swiftly, though, courtesy of Nash. The dangerous sniper
spun around the back of the Philadelphia net and sent a wraparound attempt
into an open left side to restore a two-goal advantage a mere 74 seconds after
Kreider put the finishing touches on the win after converting a give-and-go
with Michael Del Zotto with 7:47 left to play.
Tortorella is the 30th head coach in NHL history to reach the 400-win
milestone ... Richards' goal was the 250th of his career, while his assist on
Kreider's score gave him 800 points all-time ... The Flyers played without
forward Danny Briere (concussion) and defenseman Nicklas Grossmann (upper
body) for a second straight game ... Rangers rookie J.T. Miller returned to
the lineup after missing Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss to Washington with an
injured forearm ... Simmonds and Voracek now have three goals and three
assists each in four games against the Rangers this season ... The Flyers fell
to 3-13-1 when allowing the game's first goal and 0-12-0 when trailing after
03/26 23:18:23 ET