The Flyers came out swarming. They dominated much of the first period as they held an 8-2 edge in shots more than halfway through the period. The Flyers would end up outshooting the Rangers 11-5 in the period but neither team could get on the board. Philadelphia would take the momentum back and get on the board first when Nick Grossmann let a wrister go from the point that hit Wayne Simmonds in the foot and beat Henrik Lundqvist. The Flyers would add another as Jake Voracek poked home Sean Couturiers shot that hit off the post to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead. The third period got off to a bad start for the Flyers as Braydon Coburn was whistled for a high sticking penalty just 22 seconds into the period. After some tic-tac-toe passing, the puck ended up on the stick of forward Marain Gaborik who fed a wide open Taylor Pyatt who beat Bryzgalov just 1:39 into the period. The Flyers would buckle down and hold on to a 2-1 win. More here.
The Knicks and Celtics faced off last night in an Atlantic Division matchup in Boston. The Celtics got 23 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds from point guard Rajon Rondo which helped pace a struggling Boston offense. The Knicks All-Star, Carmelo Anthony, poured in 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. It was the 27th consecutive game that Carmelo scored 20 or more points. New York needed every bit of it as they would go on to beat the Celtics 89-86. The win moves New York to 26-14 while the loss drops Boston to 20-22. More here.
The New Orleans Saints have fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo after one season with the team. The Saints are now looking for their third defensive coordinator in less than a year. Their previous defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely by the league for his role in “bounty-gate” as he was caught on tape telling players where opponents were hurt and how to attack their injuries. Spagnuolo’s defense was ranked dead last in the NFL and allowed an NFL record 7,042 yards this season. New Orleans is expected to switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense. More here.