The second period was similar to the first with a lot of back and forth action with significant time spent in the neutral zone. Peter Laviolette used his timeout eight minutes into the period as the Flyers would go on a 5-on-3 power play for nearly 1:20. The Flyers would end up passing a lot but only getting one shot on net. They had a few opportunities but the shots went wide. The Rangers took some momentum and got their legs moving when Max Talbot took a tripping penalty. The Rangers went to work when a shot from the point was stopped by Bryzgalov who was screen but Rangers captain Ryan Callahan took the rebounded and punched it home to give New York a 2-0 lead. They would carry the lead into the second intermission.
The third started off slow when the Flyers got a shot on the Rangers net and surrounded Lundqvist. Talbot was one of the guys surrounding Lundqvist but was taken away from the scrum when Callahan began punching him in the back of the head. After both dropped the gloves and a scurm that led to both falling on the ice, Talbot had an opportunity to punch Callahan but refrain when he realized the Rangers captain was injured. It was a classy move in a heated rivalry. The Rangers would later be called for a bench minor penalty which put the Flyers on the power play. Just under a minute into the power play, Wayne Simmonds went into the corner and came away with the puck and found a wide open Kimmo Timonen who sniped a wrister over Lundqvist’s shoulder to cut New York’s lead in half. The Flyers would have other opportunities down the stretch but could not control the power play. The Flyers did not even get a shot on goal in the final 15 seconds with an extra attacker. The Rangers would hold on to win 2-1.
- Flyers center Danny Briere took 10 shots tonight.
- Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist had 26 saves on 27 shots (.963 SV%).
- Bryzgalov had 26 saves on 28 shots (.929 SV%).
- Timonen led all Flyers with 25:03 of ice time.
- Ryan McDonagh led all skaters 30:09 of ice time.
- Brian Boyle led all players with seven hits.
- Flyers were 1-for-6 on the power play tonight while the Rangers were 1-for-2.
The Flyers get back at it Friday night at 7:00 pm as they wrap up their four game road trip against the Washington Capitals.
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