Flyers Knock Off Rangers 4-2

Published on March 1st, 2014

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday March 1, 2014

The Philadelphia Flyers reeling from a rough home loss on Thursday in their 1st game since coming back from the Olympic break were able to bounce back in this matinee defeating the New York Rangers 4-2.

The Flyers are now 4-0-1 this season in games following a loss of four goals or more.

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

Flyers forward combinations:

Giroux-Voracek-Hartnell

Lecavalier-Simmonds-B.Schenn

Couturier-Read-Downie

Hall-Raffl-Rinaldo

Flyers defensemen pairings:

Grossmann-Streit

Timonen-Coburn

L.Schenn-Meszaros

The Flyers took some momentum from killing off two early penalties as Vinny Lecavalier scored at 7:04 of 1st period to give them a 1-0 lead.  Sean Couturier then beat a prone Lundqvist at 8:10 to make it 2-0.  The Flyers after a brutal 7-3 loss on Thursday looked strong at both ends of the ice in their first action since then.

Early in the 2nd period, however, Rangers Chris Kreider tipped it in at 4:59 to cut the Flyers’ lead in half.  Former Flyers enforcer Dan Carcillo and current Flyers agitator Zac Rinaldo came together several times in this period but never dropped the gloves.  Midway through the period, they both got 10-minute misconducts after a flare-up.  Rangers Derick Brassard was able to tie it 2-2 at 11:42.  It was a weak goal given up by Mason.  Flyers Wayne Simmonds then put them back in the lead as he scored on the power-play at 13:23.

The Flyers looked to get an insurance goal in the 3rd period.  Early on Steve Downie had a wide-open net to shoot at but put it into Lundqvist instead.  Defenseman Luke Schenn finally got that goal for the Flyers at 16:15 when he pounded in a shot.  The Flyers withstood a late Rangers’ surge as Lundqvist was pulled with over 2 minutes left in regulation.

Simmonds on the win said, “We didn’t want to have the same outcome as we had against San Jose. We knew we slowed down a bit in the second obviously.  They got those two goals but I think we powered back nicely after that. We came out in the third period and we played a strong period.  I think we’re a resilient bunch.”

The Flyers’ next game is tomorrow at Washington against the Capitals.

Dan Carcillo and Zac Rinaldo tangled up |  Source:  Joe del Tufo

Dan Carcillo and Zac Rinaldo tangled up | Source: Joe del Tufo

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