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Fly-by: Rangers 4, Flyers 2

Friday, 12.23.2011 / 5:54 PM ET / 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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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