Rangers edge Flyers, 3-2

NHL.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Derrick Brassard had a goal and an assist, and newcomer Benoit Pouliot also scored to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, giving Alain Vigneault his first win behind New York's bench.

"They both, I thought, played to their strength," Vigneault said of Brassard and Pouliot. "They moved the puck, they used their speed. They had some quality chances, they even had some real good chances on the power play. There seems to be a little chemistry there and hopefully it's going to continue to improve."

Brassard, acquired last season in the trade that sent Marian Gaborik to Columbus, broke a scoreless tie 1:10 into the second period when his wrist shot beat Flyers goalie Steve Mason.

Maxime Talbot and Sean Couturier scored for Philadelphia. Mason stopped 20 of 23 shots.

"Yeah, this was a good night. It's getting better the more you go along, but obviously it's difficult only playing a half game before this," Mason said. "But to get a full game in tonight and get back into the routine, it feels good."

Darroll Powe scored for New York and won five of eight faceoffs. Pouliot's goal, which proved to be the game-winner, came 5:30 into the third period. Rookie defenseman Dylan McIlrath picked up an assist.

Martin Biron stopped all six shots he faced for the Rangers. Cam Talbot relieved him and stopped 10 of 12 shots.

"My only sense of urgency tonight was showing a new coaching staff what I can do," Biron said.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
01:10NYR Derick Brassard (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mats Zuccarello (1), Anton Stralman (1) 1 - 0 NYR
13:26PHI Max Talbot (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Hal Gill (1), Kris Newbury (1) 1 - 1 Tie
19:26NYR Darroll Powe (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrew Yogan (1), Conor Allen (1) 2 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
02:28PHI Sean Couturier (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Jakub Voracek (1) 2 - 2 Tie
05:30NYR Benoit Pouliot (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Derick Brassard (1), Dylan McIlrath (1) 3 - 2 NYR
Three Stars of the Game
Derick Brassard
Derick Brassard
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 17:49
Benoit Pouliot
Benoit Pouliot
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:16
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 6TOI: 31:22
GA: 0
PIM: 0
SV%: 1.000
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:58PHI Jason Akeson  Kneeing  - 2 min against  Jesper Fast
15:13PHI Sean Couturier  Hooking  - 2 min against  Andrew Yogan
2nd Period
01:52NYR Derek Dorsett  Roughing  - 2 min against  Kris Newbury
01:52PHI Kris Newbury  Roughing  - 2 min against  Derek Dorsett
01:52PHI Kris Newbury served by Derek Mathers  Roughing  - 2 min against  Derek Dorsett
03:53NYR Taylor Pyatt  Hooking  - 2 min against  Mark Streit
13:52NYR Darroll Powe  Tripping  - 2 min against  Hal Gill
3rd Period
06:24PHI Samuel Morin  Slashing  - 2 min against  Derek Dorsett
06:24NYR Derek Dorsett  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Samuel Morin
07:22PHI Scott Hartnell  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Derick Brassard
12:57NYR Derick Brassard  Hooking  - 2 min against  Wayne Simmonds
17:28PHI Mark Alt  Tripping  - 2 min against  Micheal Haley
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/50/3
Faceoff Wins3130
Blocked Shots1214
Penalty Minutes1014
5D. GirardiD0002023:12
6A. StralmanD0124025:34
8D. PoweC10-11211:38
14T. PyattL0001215:11
15D. DorsettR0002417:27
16D. BrassardC1121217:49
25D. SyvretD00-11015:31
27R. McDonaghD0000023:45
28D. MooreC0000015:11
31J. FastR0001014:15
32M. HaleyC0000013:24
36M. ZuccarelloR0123014:58
37C. AllenD0120020:27
42D. McIlrathD01-11011:31
48O. LindbergC0002015:16
49A. YoganC01-12010:29
67B. PouliotL1022014:16
73M. KantorR00-10011:12
33C. Talbot1012.83328:38
43M. Biron661.00031:22
3B. ManningD00-11017:27
5B. CoburnD00-11020:28
12M. RafflL0010012:14
14S. CouturierC1002218:59
17W. SimmondsR00-11015:24
18A. HallR0001012:37
19S. HartnellL00-11217:58
25M. TalbotC1012016:12
32M. StreitD00-10021:14
39M. AltD0011216:58
40V. LecavalierC00-13019:01
42J. AkesonR00-11214:39
45K. NewburyC0110410:09
55S. MorinD00-11222:22
57D. MathersR000008:36
75H. GillD0111015:17
76C. VandeVeldeC00-11013:58
93J. VoracekR01-11014:55
30Y. Danis00.0000:00
35S. Mason2023.87059:32