Rangers Beat Flyers Yet Again

Published on February 11th, 2012

Rangers Ryan Callahan notched a hat-trick against the Flyers | Source: Joe del Tufo

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday February 11, 2012
The Philadelphia Flyers fell once again to the New York Rangers and are 0-5 against them this season.  They were defeated by them 5-2 in this afternoon game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly.  It was an important game for the Flyers as they are chasing the Rangers for the divisional lead.  The teams clash for a 6th and final time on April 3rd in Philly again.

James van Riemsdyk remained on the injured list recovering from a concussion.  For this game, Henrik Lundqvist started in net for the Rangers and Sergei Bobrovsky for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Jagr-Hartnell
Briere-Schenn-Simmonds
Talbot-Voracek-Read
Couturier-Rinaldo-Sestito

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Coburn
Carle-Bourdon
Meszaros-Gustafsson

The Flyers looked to get off to a fast start but got derailed by several questionable penalties on them.  The Rangers capitalized on one early when captain Ryan Callahan scored on the power-play at 8:25 of the 1st period.  The Flyers quickly bounced back and tied it at 13:03.  Wayne Simmonds had the goal after he deflected a Andrej Meszaros’ shot.  The Rangers then added another power-play goal when sniper Marian Gaborik tipped it in at 16:40 for his 27th goal of the season.   

The Flyers tied it at 6:36 of the 2nd period when Claude Giroux finished off a breakaway.  The Rangers came right back and scored on the power-play for the 3rd time this game at 9:15, however.  Callahan notched his 2nd of the game.  The Flyers controlled much of the period and out-shot the Rangers 18 to 7 but still trailed on the scoreboard.

The Rangers then took over in the 3rd period.  They put the game away early as Artem Anismov scored at 6:28 of 3rd period and Callahan completed the hat-trick at 11:25 to put the Rangers up 5-2.  It was a disappointing 3rd period for the Flyers in this crucial divisional game at home.  They were in the game after two periods but a flat 3rd period put the game out of reach.

Flyers winger Simmonds on the loss said, “We played them five times and lost to them five times so it is not a good feeling in here right now.  I think it is clear that they have our number right now.  There is no hiding from it.  Obviously we had a good start there and we played well for a little bit but then the wheels kinda fell off.  We took penalties and they scored two or three power plays and that’s the game.”

The Flyers next game is tomorrow in Detroit vs. the Red Wings.

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