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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

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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 50 16 28 -4 44
J. Voracek 50 8 34 1 42
W. Simmonds 50 18 16 -4 34
B. Schenn 48 14 15 -1 29
S. Gostisbehere 32 9 17 4 26
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 49 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 50 4 10 -6 14
M. Raffl 50 6 6 2 12
M. Del Zotto 48 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 12 7 .916 2.68
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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