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SIMM CITY

Wayne Simmonds set up the first goal and scored the game winner in a bounce back victory for the Flyers

Saturday, 03.1.2014 / 4:06 PM ET / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
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SIMM CITY
One thing that can certainly be said for this Flyers team \u2013 bad losses don\u2019t linger.\r\n\r\nAfter an ugly defeat at the hands of the San Jose Sharks Thursday, the Flyers bounced back with a thrilling 4-2 win over the New York Rangers Saturday, in what arguably was a far more important game coming against a divisional foe.\r\n\r\nNever the less, the Flyers are now 4-0-1 this season following games in which they lost by four goals or more and are now 8-2-1 in their last 11 games following a loss by three goals or more.

PHILADELPHIA – One thing that can certainly be said for this Flyers team – bad losses don’t linger.

After an ugly defeat at the hands of the San Jose Sharks Thursday, the Flyers bounced back with a thrilling 4-2 win over the New York Rangers Saturday, in what arguably was a far more important game coming against a divisional foe.

Never the less, the Flyers are now 4-0-1 this season following games in which they lost by four goals or more and are now 8-2-1 in their last 11 games following a loss by three goals or more.

It’s a resiliency that is indicative of the character of the Flyers and one which should help them moving forward in their pursuit of the playoffs.

The Flyers’ win moves them within a point of the Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division and keeps them a point ahead of the Washington Capitals for third place in the division as the Flyers and Caps prepare for a home-and-home series with the capitals beginning tomorrow in Washington.

The Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Vinny Lecavalier and Sean Couturier in the first period.

Lecavalier’s goal was eventually knocked into his own net by Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman, but it was the play of Wayne Simmonds earlier that created the spacing needed for this goal.

With Rangers tough guy Dan Carcillo following Simmonds around the ice, the Flyers forward goaded Carcillo into getting out of position with a check to the shoulders that set off Carcillo’s ire. Carcillo left his spot along the wall and chased Simmonds across the ice, only to find Mark Streit sprinting in after a loose puck unguarded by a Ranger.

Carcillo chose to leave Simmonds, who suddenly became open for a shot off the pass from Streit and got it on net where Lecavalier flipped it toward Lundqvist and the rebound kicked out toward Stralman, who was tangled with Brayden Schenn. The puck hit Stralman’s stick and went into the net to give the Flyers the early lead.

Later, Matt Read mad a blue line to blue line pass to Sean Couturier and Couturier kicked the puck to himself before making a nifty move to take Lundqvist out of the play to score on a breakaway and make it 2-0.

The Rangers wouldn’t go away and clawed back to tie it on a perfectly-timed tip in goal by Chris Kreider and later on a power play goal by Derrick Brassard that Steve Mason should have stopped.

But again, the Flyers didn’t wilt, and Simmonds scored on a pass from Schenn on the power play in the third period, beating Lundqvist to the five-hole to give the Flyers the lead while Luke Schenn netted an insurance marker later off a fine play by Giroux to win a battle on the wall with Kevin Klein before setting up a shot by Hartnell that caromed to Schenn for the goal.

While Mason would definitely like the Brassard goal back, he played very well otherwise, finishing with 33 saves and improving to 24-15-15 this season.

Stay tuned for more on the game including video from the locker room as well as an analysis and statistical recap.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @InsideTheFlyers

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STANDINGS

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

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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