The Flyers enetered tonight’s 4-2 loss on a 5 game losing streat at MSG, that was extended to 6 tonight. The stories of the game Lundqvist, Nash, Callahan, the Flyers defense, and Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov’s stats aren’t completely accurate to how he played tonight. He was more a victim of bad defense than a victim of his own poor goaltending.
The Flyers started the first period playing well against the Rangers. After sending the play the other wa
y, where Bryzgalov made a huge save to keep it even, the Flyers took a penalty. Ryan Callahan capitalized on the chance making it 1-0 Rangers, ending the Flyers 19 successful penalty kill streak. Minutes after, the Flyers went to the powerplay and made it 1-1 with a goal from Wayne Simmonds, assisted by Voracek and Claude Giroux.
After tying it up, the Flyers struggled to keep the puck out of their zone, but key plays from Bryzgalov and Grossmann kept it even. The Flyers went back to the power-play, but couldn’t capitalize. They ended up back on the power-play just minutes later, where the red-hot Jake Voracek scored his tenth of the year to make it a 2-1 game.
With less than a minute to go, Brayden Schenn turned the puck over and created an odd man rush for the Rangers. Ryan Callahan danced around a flopping Luke Schenn and scored to tie the game at two.
The Flyers started the third period with good pressure, but a bad change caused a 3-on-2 rush where Bryzgalov made a big save. The Flyers got the play going the other way, but a bad bounce brought the play back again and Rick Nash scored to make it 3-2.
With a little over six minutes to go, a Timonen shot deflected twice and hit Rangers defenseman Marc Staal in the eye area. He would leave the game and not return. Simon Gagne took a holding call, and sent the Flyers back to the penalty kill which they successfully killed.
Later, however, Ryan Callahan sprung Rick Nash on a breakaway where he scored and made it a 4-2 game. The Rangers continued to shut the Flyers down and prevent their offense from producing. With 2:54 to go in the third, Scott Hartnell and Stu Bickel both received 10 minute misconducts for an altercation between the Rangers bench and Hartnell.
The Flyers pulled their goalie to create offense, but were unable to capitalize on their chances and fell to the Rangers 4-2.