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Fly-by: Rangers 5, Flyers 2

Saturday, 02.11.2012 / 12:23 PM / News
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Fly-by: Rangers 5, Flyers 2

   
                Laviolette 
  Giroux    Simmonds
MINUTES IN THE BOX
Everyone knew that the Flyers-Rangers on a matinee would be heated contest. Everyone knows by now that there would almost certainly be scrums after every whistle, crashing the net and more than just one fight.

Especially considering it was the fifth time this season they had faced off, including one on the NHL's biggest regular season stage - the Winter Classic.

Those things certainly played out, but the difference maker in the game was the Rangers power-play which produced three of their goals in a 5-2 victory.

"I think we have to stay out of the box. We know they have a good power play and we shot ourselves in the foot," said Claude Giroux, who has points in five of his last six games. "I think we didn't play that bad, but if we played five on five with them we'd win this game. That wasn't the case tonight."

The penalty minutes in this contest exceeded each of the four previous meetings. Today's game saw a total of 110 penalty minutes, two fights and six 10-minute misconducts called.

As a result, the Rangers were given seven opportunities on the man-advantage in which they went 3-for-7. The Flyers had four power-plays and admitted following the game that they needed to be more consistent.

"Five on five for two periods, there wasn’t a whole lot going on" said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. "But their power play was dangerous tonight, they moved the puck well.  We did have a break down or two early where we needed big saves out of our goaltender and we got it.  We had a couple of turnovers in the neutral zone that let to odd man rushes and then again in the third period."

The Flyers fall to 0-5-0 against the Rangers this season but get one more shot at them (Apr. 3 in Philadelphia).
The Flyers have lost their last seven games to the Rangers (0-6-1) ... It’s the longest losing streak since they lost 10 in a row from Nov. 28, 1971 to Jan. 14, 1973.  That same streak extended into a 13-game winless streak (0-11-2) that lasted through December 26, 1973.
 
The Flyers fell to 4-8-1 this season in games that start before 7 p.m.

Wayne Simmonds has recorded at least a point in five of his last six games... He has also posted five goals in his last six games.
 
Claude Giroux has recorded at least a point in five of his last six games, posting four goals and seven points in that span.

Giroux was also 13-for-21 (62 percent) on faceoffs.  He’s been above 50 percent in 15 of his last 17 games.

Wayne Simmonds
For the second game in-a-row a Flyer gets a Gordie Howe hat trick (goal-assist-fight).

For that, forward Wayne Simmonds gets tonight's Flyers star. Simmonds scored the Flyers first goal of the afternoon, which knotted the score back up at 1-1.

Simmonds also flung a beauty of a pass to a cutting Claude Giroux to spring him free for a breakaway goal to once again tie the game.

Midway through the third period, Simmonds dropped the gloves, and eventually Brian Boyle to complete the 'hat trick'.

Simmonds keeps adding to his career high in goals (18) and inches closer to breaking his points mark (40 - 2009-10). He currently has 34 points though 55 games.

"We have to be better and we all know that. They are a good team and one of the best teams in the league. I mean if you want to win the cup, you have to find a way to beat those kinds of teams. The Red Wings are pretty good too, so tomorrow we have to make sure that we battle better. We lost a lot of battles tonight."
-Claude Giroux

"Every point that we can possibly get we need to get. I think we are going to be scratching and clawing going down the next half of the year. We need to start pulling out wins."
-Wayne Simmonds
Today's turning point came in the second period when the Rangers took a 3-2 lead midway through the frame.

Having just equalized the game at 2-2, the Rangers went back on the power play, and like they had done for their previous two goals, scored to take back the lead on the Flyers.

Rangers captain Ryan Callahan was the recipient of a tic-tac-toe play from the point to the crease where he tapped it by Bobrovsky.

The tally came less than three minutes after the Flyers evened it at 2-2, and would prove to be the difference in the 5-2 final score.
PIC OF THE DAY: Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn crash the net on Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist.  

Rangers 5, Flyers 2
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Callahan scored three goals and the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 5-2 on Saturday for their seventh straight win over the Flyers.

Marian Gaborik and Artem Anisimov also had goals for the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers, who broke out of their power-play funk and improved to 5-0 against the Flyers this season - including a win in the Winter Classic.

  FULL RECAP

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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