Lundqvist, Rangers Foil Flyers
NEW YORK -- It was too little too late for the Flyers.
The Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist staved off a resurgent Flyers team, holding on to win 2-1 in a wild game at Madison Square Garden. The score reflected their first meeting last Thursday, this time with a different result.
The Flyers were flat from the opening face off. The Rangers controlled the puck and the flow, keeping the action in the Flyers half of the ice.
It cost the Flyers early. Less than two minutes in, Michael Del Zotto took a blast from the blue line and it got past Bryzgalov for the easy 1-0 lead.
The soft goal didn't reflect Bryzgalov's play, which again was stellar. He did well enough to keep the Flyers in the game but they failed to get anything past Lundqvist, who was just a bit better than Bryzgalov.
In the second period, the Rangers put themselves in a 5-on-3 hole. But despite the 1:17 with the two-man advantage the Flyers just couldn't find any shooting lanes.
They cycled the puck continuously, trying to set up one-timers for Claude Giroux and Danny Briere but nothing seemed to connect and the Rangers killed off the penalty.
Three minutes later, Max Talbot took a tripping penalty and the Rangers capitalized on it. Ryan Callahan banged home a rebound from a Del Zotto shot and the Rangers carried their 2-0 lead into the third period.
The turning point came in the third period for the Flyers.
Callahan and Talbot got tangled up after the whistle early in the third and wrestled to the ground. But unfortunately for the Rangers, Callahan skated away with an injured shoulder.
Then a mental error by Marian Gaborik cost the Rangers a bench minor and put the Flyers on the power play. Philadelphia capitalized when the puck shot out of a corner scrum to a wide open Kimmo Timonen who sniped a wrister off the post and past Lundqvist to make it a 2-1 game.
But that was all the Flyers would get even though they continued to put a lot of pressure on New York's Swedish netminder. Lundqvist stopped 26 shots for his third win of the season.
Bryzgalov was fantastic again, stopping 26 shots as well. He saved the Flyers a handful of times towards the end of the game, coming up with huge saves after a pair of terrible turnovers by Giroux and Braydon Coburn respectively in the final few minutes.