Flyers Knock Off Rangers 4-2

Published on April 17th, 2013

by Mike del Tufo

Tuesday April 16, 2013
After an impressive 7-3 road win over the Montreal Canadiens the night before, the Philadelphia Flyers rode that momentum and defeated the New York Rangers 4-2 on this night. 

For this game, Henrik Lundqvist started in net for the Rangers and Steve Mason for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Voracek-Gagne
Briere-Hartnell-B.Schenn
Couturier-Read-Simmonds
Fedontenko-Hall-Rosehill

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Gustafsson
L.Schenn-Lauridsen
Foster-Manning

It was a lethargic 1st period for the Rangers and the Flyers jumped all over them and made them pay for it.  They scored twice in this stanza.  Forward Brayden Schenn scored at 9:28 on only the Flyers’ 2nd shot of game.  Defenseman Erik Gustafsson then scored at 17:21. 

The Rangers came out in the 2nd period with a little more life as Mats Zuccarello scored at 2:54 to bring them to within a goal.  Flyers Jay Rosehill and Rangers Aaron Asham dropped the gloves shortly after at 3:51.  It was a solid win for Rosehill as the pair tussled for a while.  The Flyers then regained their 2-goal lead at 10:00 as Kimmo Timonen blasted it in after a faceoff win by Flyers captain Claude Giroux.

In the 3rd period, Derek Stepan brought the Rangers to within a goal at 7:28.  The Flyers, however, shut them down after that.  They looked much more like a playoff team than one struggling to stay alive.  With the goalie pulled, Jakub Voracek sealed the win with an empty net goal to make the final score 4-2.

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette on his team’s play despite having a slim chance of making the playoffs said, “We’re in a hole. We put ourselves here and we accept that. I think it’s important that we keep fighting. So, I think the guys have done an outstanding job.  They have played a couple of games. They played a really tough game in Montreal last night. It was a very fast, very competitive game which you have to play against Montreal. I’m sure that they didn’t go to bed until three, four in the morning by the time they fell asleep so to come back and play a team that needs to be successful tonight and to compete and continue to push, I’m proud of the guys.”

The Flyers’ next game is Thursday at home vs. the New Jersey Devils.

Source:  Andrew King

Source: Andrew King

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