By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers head to Madison Square Garden to face the Rangers on a Sunday afternoon still riding a high after beating the Blue Jackets in Columbus for the first time in 12 years. The fight for a playoff spot continues as the Flyers are still in a must-win situation against the Metropolitan division basement Rangers.
First period: Just 15 seconds in, the teams set the pace for the rest of the period as Gostisbehere and Buchnevich dropped the gloves after Konecny got leveled. A minute and fifteen seconds later Hayes redirected a point shot past Neuvirth to give the Rangers the early lead. That lead didn’t last for long as MacDonald snuck one past Lundqvist to tie it up.
Just past the mid-point of the period Nash scored on a filthy backhand thanks to great puck movement by the Rangers. Simmonds and DeAngelo were next to drop the gloves after they exchanged some shoves during play. Laughton tipped a Provorov point shot through the legs of Lundqvist tying the game at two.
Weise and McLeod had an old school fight, and while McLeod took him down, it was the Flyers who capitalized on the momentum as Manning scored to give the Flyers the lead. They couldn’t hang on to the lead before the period ended, however, as Zuccarello scored on a beautifully played two-on-one to tie the game 3-3 heading into the first intermission.
Second period: Lyon started the period for the Flyers as Neuvirth did not return to the game with an assumed injury. Just two minutes in and Patrick breaks the tie with a top shelf rebound. Lyon allowed his first goal of the game off of a scramble in front that was eventually buried by Holland. The period slowed down after the tying goal. Konecny was the man to break the tie with a snipe under Lundqvist’s right arm, giving the Flyers the 5-4 lead as the period came to an end.
Third period: The Flyers broke a recent trend and come out swinging. Giroux scored his 200th career goal on a successful two-on-one play. This is also his sixth 20-goal season. Lehtera would go on to bury his first as a Flyer on a great tic-tac-toe play from the fourth line. Lyon earned his first career NHL win as the Flyers beat the Rangers 7-4.
Takeaways: Well that was fun. The defense was abysmal today, but the offense more than made up for it. The Flyers are currently on an eight game point streak (6-0-2) and a playoff spot seems inevitable. Neuvirth’s injury raises a huge red flag, but there is still a week before the trade deadline to figure that out.
Three stars of the game
3) Alex Lyon
2) Claude Giroux
1) Travis Konecny
PHI: MacDonald (Lehtera, Filppula)
NYR: Nash (Buchnevich, Skeji)
PHI: Laughton (Provorov)
PHI: Manning (Konecny, Giroux)
NYR: Zuccarello (Holland)
PHI: Patrick (Simmonds, Manning)
NYR: Holland (Holden, McLeod)
PHI: Konecny (Giroux, Couturier)
PHI: Giroux (Konecny)
PHI: Lehtera (Weise, Filppula)
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