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Rangers 2, Flyers 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Rangers 2, Flyers 0
Philadelphia Flyers 0, New York Rangers 2
Three Stars of the Game
Henrik Lundqvist
1st
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 25-25
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Brad Richards
2nd
Brad Richards
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:56
Brandon Prust
3rd
Brandon Prust
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 0PIM: 12
+/-: 0TOI: 8:33

NEW YORK (AP) - Henrik Lundqvist couldn't suppress a grin when asked to assess teammate Brandon Prust starting a fight a mere 4 seconds into the New York Rangers' 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

"Here we go," said the Rangers goalie, who stopped 29 shots for his 37th career shutout and second this season. "That's how it always is for Rangers-Flyers. That definitely set the tone and we didn't let up. We played a really strong game."

The victory, New York's sixth straight at home, helped the Rangers continue their best Madison Square Garden start in nearly 20 years, improving to 6-1-1. Brad Richards scored a power-play goal early in the second period and rookie Carl Hagelin netted his first NHL goal 5 minutes into the third as New York improved to 12-5-3 overall.

Lundqvist - who is 7-1-0 in November and 9-4-3 this season - is third on the Rangers' list for regular-season shutouts, three behind Dave Kerr. His best stop came 1:37 into the game, when he denied Scott Hartnell on a breakaway.

"I feel like we really shut them down. I think we played with a lot of confidence and we made it really tough for them to create chances," Lundqvist added. "We did a really good job and I think we carried over the confidence from yesterday's win over the Capitals."

The scoreless first period featured a bout at center ice off the opening faceoff between Prust and Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo. Prust said the first meeting of the season between the rivals who will meet in the Jan. 2 Winter Classic was sufficient incentive for him.

"It's been a long time coming and we've been waiting for it. The game was a little more in the spotlight and everyone is looking forward to this Winter Classic," said Prust, referring to the outdoor game at Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia. "It always feels a little more like a playoff atmosphere with Philadelphia."

Richards broke the scoreless tie with a power-play goal 54 seconds into the second. His eighth tally of the season came on a slick passing sequence by defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi. Richards had a goal disallowed 24 seconds earlier when Ryan Callahan swiped the puck with his glove in front of Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Girardi has more assists (18) against the Flyers than any other team.

Hagelin knocked in a rebound at 5:06 of the third. The 23-year-old Swede made his NHL debut Friday at Washington after being recalled from Connecticut of the AHL earlier this week. The left wing was a sixth-round pick by the Rangers in 2007.

"I'm just going out and playing my game," Hagelin said. "The puck bounced out to me and I just whacked it in."

The Rangers' torrid home start is their best since they began the 1992-93 season 7-1-1. Philadelphia lost for only the third time this season on the road. The Flyers fell to 13-7-3 overall.

New York leads the league in fewest goals allowed, giving up 41 through 20 games.

Rangers coach John Tortorella, who constantly preaches tight defense, was pleased with the club's effort.

"I thought we brought our energy to another level today," he said. "I thought we played really well away from the puck."

It was the Rangers' third-straight win against the Flyers, outscoring Philadelphia 12-2 in those contests. The Rangers beat the Flyers 7-0 in Philadelphia's previous visit to New York on March 6.

"It seemed to me that the pop we need to play the game, it was not where it needed to be," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "When we did get shots, Lundqvist had no problem seeing them. I think we needed a better job of support getting guys to the net."

Both teams played Friday and had to travel for the 2 p.m. start at the Garden. The Rangers beat the Capitals 6-3, while the Flyers downed the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Philadelphia.

Prust also fought Wayne Simmonds midway through the first.

Notes: The Rangers are four wins shy of 2,500 for a franchise that dates to 1926 . The Rangers have scored first in 12 of 20 games this season and are 11-1 in those contests . New York is tied with San Jose for fewest regulation losses this season with five . Flyers forward and former Ranger Jaromir Jagr was scratched because of a groin injury . Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger also missed the game as he recovers from a virus . Rangers defenseman Marc Staal remained sidelined with concussion-related headaches.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
00:54
NYR
PPG - Brad Richards (8) ASST: Dan Girardi (8), Michael Del Zotto (5)
1 - 0 NYR
3rd Period
05:06
NYR
Carl Hagelin (1) ASST: Ryan McDonagh (7), John Mitchell (2)
2 - 0 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
00:04
NYR
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Zac Rinaldo
00:04
PHI
Zac Rinaldo  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
09:20
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Brandon Prust
09:20
NYR
Brandon Prust  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Wayne Simmonds
11:26
NYR
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Wayne Simmonds
11:26
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
18:57
PHI
Andrej Meszaros  Elbowing against  Brandon Dubinsky
2nd Period
06:32
NYR
Ryan McDonagh  Hi-sticking against  Jakub Voracek
13:45
PHI
Daniel Briere  Cross checking against  Michael Del Zotto
3rd Period
08:37
NYR
Brian Boyle  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
08:37
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Brian Boyle
10:48
NYR
Ryan McDonagh  Tripping against  Claude Giroux
goalie stats
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 32TOI: 58:34
Saves: 30EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .938SH: 0 - 0
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
9-4-3
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 25 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
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