NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at NY Rangers
(Thursday, January 5th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, NY Rangers 3 (OT)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Simon Gagne scored a goal just seven seconds into overtime to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Kim Johnsson and Frederick Meyer each registered a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who improved to 6-0-1 on their current 11-game road swing. Brian Savage also scored, while rookie netminder Antero Niittymaki came up with 31 saves.
Martin Straka had a pair of goals and Petr Prucha also lit the lamp for New York, which has dropped three in a row. Kevin Weekes allowed four goals on 23 shots in the loss.
"It's deflating," Weekes said. "It's deflating for all of us."
Straka scored his second goal of the night with just over five minutes left in regulation to tie the game at 3-3. Jaromir Jagr worked with the puck along the right boards before dishing a centering feed for Straka, who punched it in.
Peter Forsberg nearly put the Flyers right back on top as he stole the puck, moved into the zone and unloaded a slapshot from the left circle, but Weekes made a dazzling glove save to send the game into overtime.
Gagne ended the extra session quickly, however. After Forsberg won the opening faceoff, Gagne chased down the puck, burned past a couple of defenders and took a shot from the left slot that snuck through Weekes' five-hole to give Philadelphia the win.
"I like the way the team's playing right now," Gagne said. "It's tough, you go on the road and the games are tight, especially against New York, and we found a way to win a game on the road in overtime again. It shows the character the team has."
The Flyers took a 1-0 lead with a power play tally at the 2:42 mark of the opening period. Shortly after being slammed into the boards to draw the penalty, Meyer exacted revenge with a slapshot from the point that hit traffic in front before sailing above Weekes' glove.
The Rangers answered with a pair of first-period goals, however, to assume a 2-1 lead.
Straka netted the equalizer midway through the frame, taking a two-line pass from Jagr before charging into the zone on a breakaway and beating Niittymaki high and left.
Prucha put the Rangers ahead with 2:44 remaining on a one-timer from the high slot that went through a screen before sliding just inside the left post.
The Flyers, though, netted a pair of power-play goals in the second period to regain the lead.
Johnsson tied it 10:53 into the stanza, as he skated the entire length of the ice while weaving through defenders before wristing a shot into the top-left part of the net.
Just over three minutes later, Savage corralled a Meyer rebound in front and poked it past Weekes to give Philadelphia the edge.
Philadelphia was 3-for-5 on the power play, while New York went 0-for-2...New York's last three losses have all come in overtime...The Rangers outshot the Flyers 18-9 in the first period...The Flyers, who are 13-3-3 on the road, will visit Washington on Friday...The Rangers, who trail the Flyers by seven points in the Atlantic Division, will host Florida on Saturday.
01/05 23:34:17 ET