Flyers Double Up Rangers for 2nd Win

Published on October 24th, 2013

ranger_gameby Mike del Tufo

Thursday October 24, 2013
On this night, the Philadelphia Flyers played a solid game to notch their 2nd win of the season.  They defeated the New York Rangers 2-1.

For this game, Cam Talbot started in net for the Rangers and Steve Mason for the Flyers.

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Lecavalier-Raffl
B.Schenn-McGinn-Voracek
Couturier-Read-Simmonds
Hall-Talbot-Rinaldo

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Grossmann-Coburn
Timonen-Gustafsson
Streit-L.Schenn

Matt Read snagged a loose puck and roared down the ice with a short-handed breakaway at 9:07 of the 1st period and converted to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.  The youngster Talbot was out-matched as Read streaked towards him.  Rangers center Brad Richards tied the game at 18:56 when he deflected a shot off of Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn’s skate.  It was not an impressive showing by either team in the 1st period as each team had ample opportunities to take the advantage and did not.

The Flyers played a strong 2nd period.  They controlled play and hit the post twice.  There was also a lot of rough play as these bitter rivals got reacquainted.  Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds and Rangers winger Brandon Mashinter dropped the gloves with Mashinter getting a misconduct to go with his fighting major.  Rangers Benoit Pouliot was then called for a brutal boarding on Max Talbot that earned him a major and got him kicked out of the game.  All of this physicality seemed to perk the Flyers up even more as it was one of their better periods of the season.

The Flyers rode the momentum from the 2nd period and took the lead when Braydon Coburn scored at 3:33 of the 3rd period.  Rangers seemingly came right back at 5:36 when J.T. Miller scored but the goal was disallowed as it was deemed to be kicked in.  The Flyers were then able to hold on for a hard-fought 2-1 win.

Flyers captain Claude Giroux on the win said, “Finally go into the third period with a tie game and coming out with a win, it’s huge for the team’s confidence. I think we want to be a team that can play good in the third period, and I think we played really good in the third.”  He continued, “We had a week to work on the new system and the new way we want to play. We had a lot of chances again tonight, but if we keep playing hard like this and playing as a team, we’re going to start winning games.”

The Flyers’ next game is on Saturday in New York vs. the Islanders.

 

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