NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at NY Rangers|
(Tuesday, March 5th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Philadelphia 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Rick Nash registered the go-ahead and
insurance tallies in the third period, as the New York Rangers shook off the
absence of a key player to overcome the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, at Madison
Ryan Callahan added two early scores for the Rangers, who did not have the
services of Brad Richards after he was injured Sunday night on an illegal hit
by Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta but nonetheless won their sixth straight home game
"We found a way. It was a ground-it-out type of game the first couple
periods. Nash steps up again in the third period, makes a couple big plays,
and we found a way to win," said Rangers head coach John Tortorella.
Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves as the Blueshirts have taken three straight
overall. The 31-year-old Swede pulled within two of John Vanbiesbrouck (26)
for the club's all-time lead in wins over the Orange and Black.
Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek notched power-play scores for the Flyers, who
slipped below .500 (11-12-1) after seeing a two-game win streak snapped.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped just 16 pucks in defeat.
Not good, we're not good," said Bryzgalov when asked how he'd sum up his club
at the midway point. "Obviously, we're not where we want to be. And the
farther it is gonna be is going to be more ugly. This is the reality."
Following a scoreless but spirited middle 20 minutes, Nash put the hosts ahead
with less than three minutes played, sliding the puck between the arm and body
of Bryzgalov from an odd-man rush.
Nash then doubled the New York edge at 11:42, cutting from left to right and
sliding a backhander home. The score was set up when the Flyers failed to
execute a line change.
"That's my job, that's what I am trying to do," Nash said of his role as
timely goal scorer. "It's fun for me to play in front of a sold out building
in a hockey city that truly loves the Rangers. I think it?s fun for our whole
team to perform in front of these fans."
Lundqvist made a save on Danny Briere in front with under two minutes left,
and Bryzgalov was pulled for an extra skater seconds later. The visitors
narrowly missed several quality chances in the final minute.
New York received the game's first power play and registered the first goal at
the 90-second mark as Derek Stepan fed Callahan and the Rangers' captain
roofed a shot from the right side.
Philadelphia gained the second advantage and evened the score as Simmonds
stood atop the crease for a redirection of a Claude Giroux feed at 7:18.
Voracek followed up his own rebound on another Flyers power play and
it was 2-1 with 2:03 left in the period.
Callahan then moved around a sliding Luke Schenn on the left side, cut in and
scored on the forehand with 41 seconds left.
New York hasn't lost to Philadelphia at home since Feb. 20, 2011, and has
taken 10 of the last 13 home matchups since March of 2009 against their long-
time rivals ... Nash, who has scored in a season-high three straight games,
notched his first multi-goal effort with the Rangers ... Callahan's two scores
proved to be his first multi-score performance since a hat trick against the
Flyers in a 5-2 road win on Feb. 11, 2012 ... The Flyers lost defenseman
Nicklas Grossmann to a lower-body injury following the first period ...
Rangers defenseman Marc Staal left the game in the third period after being
hit in the face by a deflected shot ... Prior to the game, the Flyers recalled
forward Eric Wellwood from Adirondack of the AHL and the Rangers recalled
forward Micheal Haley from Connecticut.
03/05 23:36:17 ET