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Rangers Spoil Flyers' Home Opener With 5-3 Win

Wednesday, 10.5.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Rangers Spoil Flyers\' Home Opener With 5-3 Win


Philadelphia, PA – The New York Rangers scored three times in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit, spoiling the Flyers' home opener with a 5-3 victory at the Wachovia Center.

Jaromir Jagr tallied twice on the power play in the final frame to give New York a 4-3 lead. First, his wrist shot from the faceoff circle snuck underneath Robert Esche's left arm at 6:28. Later, from virtually the same spot on the ice, he found the back of the net again at 11:26 to give the Rangers a lead they would not relinquish.

Marcel Hossa's rebound goal just 33 seconds after Jagr's second tally capped the scoring.

"Quite frankly, in the third period after they tied it up, we got outworked five-on-five," said Head Coach Ken Hitchcock. "We got beat to pucks that we usually don't get beat to. They stayed with it."


Peter Forsberg made his presence felt quickly in his Flyers debut, setting up both first period Flyers goals.

After the Rangers took the lead on a slap shot by Jason Strudwick at 9:31, Philadelphia responded with a couple of scores before the intermission.

Simon Gagne tallied the first goal of the season for Philadelphia at 11:31. On the play, Forsberg picked up a loose puck and went in on a two-on-one rush with Gagne. Forsberg fed Gagne with a cross-ice pass, and Gagne's redirection beat goaltender Kevin Weekes.

The Flyers went to work on a two-man advantage shortly after that goal. This time it was Mike Knuble who was the beneficiary of a pass from Forsberg, as he one-timed a feed from the slot at 13:54.

Still, Forsberg is still getting his legs underneath him, as he was only healthy enough to skate in one preseason game.

"Hopefully it will get better. I need a couple more games to get back into it," he said.

Rookie Mike Richards gave the Flyers a two-goal advantage with his first goal in the NHL when he brought the puck into the zone with Rangers defenseman Fedor Tyutin draped on his back. Richards drove hard to the net, and managed to get off a slap shot at 7:23 past Weekes.

"I just came off the bench and [Eric] Desjardins threw it out there," said Richards. "It's nice to get the first one behind me."

The Flyers failed to capitalize on a multitude of penalties to the Rangers later in the period, and New York made it a one-goal game at the intermission. Jeff Carter misplayed a puck in the Flyers' zone while the team was shorthanded, and Jamie Lundmark was there to slap the puck past Esche at 16:56.

"The chances that we missed in the second period, where we could have put the game out of reach, really came back to haunt us," said Hitchcock.

The Flyers remain home on Friday, October 7, when they host the New Jersey Devils at the Wachovia Center at 7:00 p.m.

FLYERS NOTES
New York's Michael Nylander hit the post on a penalty shot at 13:27 of the second period, after Forsberg held him. … Derian Hatcher served the first of a three-game suspension, dating back to the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs. … Patrick Sharp was a healthy scratch.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
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S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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