The Flyers were in action last night looking for their first win at Madison Square Garden in nearly two calendar years as the took on the Rangers. It did not get off to a good start as Kimmo Timonen was whistled for holding just over a minute into the game. Rangers captain Ryan Callahan made them pay as he was left alone in front of Ilya Bryzgalov to give New York a 1-0 lead. The Flyers would respond after some tic-tac-toe power play passing found Wayne Simmonds in front of Henrik Lundqvist to tie the game at 1 for the Flyers. Jake Voracek would give the Flyers a 2-1 lead on the power play again when Simmonds found him all alone in front of Lundqvist and he beat him on the rebound. The Rangers would tie the game just before the end of the first when Ryan Callahan went in on Bryzgalov who missed on the poke check and tied the game at 2. The second period was a struggle for both teams to find space but the Rangers found space in the third. Rick Nash beat Bryzgalov on a puck that should’ve been stopped on a 2-on-1. Later, Nash came in again on an odd-man rush and, again, Bryzgalov missed on the poke check and Nash beat him to make it 4-2 and the Flyers couldn’t rebound. More here.
The 76ers welcomed the Boston Celtics to town last night in a pivotal Atlantic Division matchup. The Sixers had seven players in double figures last night led by Thaddeus Young’s 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jrue Holiday had 18 points and 10 assists but also had five turnovers. Turnovers have plagued the Sixers’ All-Star point guard this year as last night was his 20th game with five or more turnovers this season. The Celtics combination of Avery Bradley and Paul Pierce made it a long night for the Sixers defense. Bradley dropped 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Pierce had a double-double scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds while dishing out seven assists. The 76ers were only able to outscore the Celtics in the third quarter, 28-26. They would go on to lose 109-101 to fall to 23-36. They have lost nine of their last 10 games and 10 of their last 12. More here.
The Chicago Blackhawks appear to be the opposite of the 76ers. They entered last night having won nine straight games and have surged to a 19-0-3 record in their first 22 games. They didn’t have an easy task as the Minnesota Wild were looking to issue Chicago its first regulation loss of the season. The Wild jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first thanks to Devin Setoguchi’s fifth of the year. The Blackhawks would respond and tie the game just under five minutes later. They would take a 2-1 lead 44 seconds later. They tacked on two more before the end of the first to lead 4-1. That is all they would need but Minnesota got two goals in the third when Patrick Kane got into the action and put Chicago up 5-3. The win was Chicago’s franchise best 10 consecutive win and they have no registered a point in 29 straight games dating back to last season. More here.