Fly-by: Rangers 4, Flyers 2
Friday, 12.23.2011 / 5:54 PM / News
Friday, December 23, 2011
2 - 4
2 - 4
D. Stepan (10:18 - 2nd) , R. Fedotenko (15:29 - 2nd) , M. Gaborik (01:48 - 3rd) , R. Callahan (PPG, 14:04 - 3rd)
PHI: I. Bryzgalov (L)
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.
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
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.