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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, 03.01.2014 / 4:06 PM / 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

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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