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Fly-by: Rangers 4, Flyers 2

Friday, 12.23.2011 / 5:54 PM / News
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Fly-by: Rangers 4, Flyers 2
Friday, December 23, 2011
FINAL
2 - 4
FINAL 1 2 3 T
Flyers 0 0 2 2
Rangers 0 2 2 4
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GOAL SCORERS

PHI:   A. Meszaros (PPG, 10:21 - 3rd) , J. van Riemsdyk (17:50 - 3rd)
NYR:   D. Stepan (10:18 - 2nd) , R. Fedotenko (15:29 - 2nd) , M. Gaborik (01:48 - 3rd) , R. Callahan (PPG, 14:04 - 3rd)
GOALIES

 NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)


SOMETHING ABOUT MSG
There just seems to be something about Madison Square Garden for the Flyers. The have not won in the building in their last three games.

The Rangers have won their last three games against the Flyers, out-scoring Philadelphia, 13-2, in those contests, and have shut out the Flyers in two of their last three meetings in New York.

The game certainly didn’t start out that way though.

In fact, it took the Rangers nearly 15 minutes in the game to record an official shot on net, but by period’s end they were even up at eight apiece.

And despite a great effort to kill off a Rangers power-play that for 36 seconds was a 5 on 3 advantage, the Flyers eventually yielded that always important first goal.

That’s where the Rangers seemed to gather momentum and take control.

The Rangers, who had not allowed more than two goals in six of their last seven games, posted three straight goals to give goaltender Henrik Lundqvist a commanding 3-0 lead.

Over the last three games at MSG, Lundqvist has stopped 81 of 83 Flyers shots.

The Flyers finally solved Lundqvist off a shot from the point by Andrej Meszaros, who added an assist on the night for his first multi-point game of the year.

The Flyers will get another crack at a victory in Manhattan on Feb. 5, but for now the scene shifts to Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park and the game all fans have been waiting for – the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

And given the bad blood over the course of the first three games this season, including one preseason game, the game should live up to its name like never before – a Classic.
Andrej Meszaros’s goal at 10:21 of the third period snapped a shutout streak of 193:55 that Henrik Lundqvist had against the Flyers at Madison Square Garden.  It dates back to a second-period goal scored by Dan Carcillo in the Flyers’ last win at the Garden, on Feb. 20, 2011.
 
Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the streak is the longest by an opposing goaltender in his own building against the Flyers in franchise history.  The previous record was 182:09 held by Jacques Plante when he played with St. Louis from Feb. 19, 1969 to Jan. 7, 1970.
 
The Flyers are 7-2-1 in their last 10 road games, with both regulation losses coming to the Rangers.
 
Andrej Meszaros recorded a goal, an assist, three shots on goal, four hits and a blocked shot.

Danny Briere missed just his third game of the season with a bruised hand. The other two games were back-to-back games on Oct. 29 & Nov. 2 with an upper-body injury. 




Andrej Meszaros
Andrej Meszaros gets tonight's Flyers star for his two-point effort.

Mark Meszaros down as the man who snapped Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's shutout streak of nearly 200 minutes with his power-play goal in the third period.

Meszaros added an assist on James van Riemsdyk's goal, once again providing a shot from the point.

"I don't think that they're better than us, they're just more effective than us. We have to learn from that."
- Jaromir Jagr

"They did a good job of playing us hard and boxing us out. In the third period I think we picked up the intensity level."
- Scott Hartnell
Tonight's turning point came early in the third period on the Rangers third goal.

Trailing by two at the start of the third period is certainly not  not an impossible task, but the job got tougher when the NHL's leading goal-scorer went in all alone and fired a shot past Flyers' Ilya Bryzgalov to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead.

Although the Flyers would fight back and get two goals, Gaborik's goal would prove to be the difference maker.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Matt Read side-swiped into the boards in the first period.

Rangers 4, Flyers 2
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Rangers are in agreement that being in first place at the two-day Christmas break doesn't guarantee anything come April.

But after three wins in four nights against Atlantic Division foes, the Broadway Blueshirts are more than happy to be on top of the pack.

  FULL RECAP

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 62 19 45 4 64
C. Giroux 61 18 41 2 59
W. Simmonds 62 24 18 -2 42
M. Streit 62 8 32 -4 40
B. Schenn 62 12 23 -3 35
S. Couturier 62 12 14 -2 26
M. Del Zotto 50 7 17 -7 24
M. Read 62 5 18 -9 23
M. Raffl 47 13 3 4 16
V. Lecavalier 44 7 9 -9 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 11 13 7 .925 2.26
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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