After a turbulent start, the Wells Fargo Center is Flying Again.
The short-handed Flyers held off the hated New York Rangers by a final of 2-1. Philadelphia now has their first win of this 48-game season. They won without Forwards Scott Hartnell and Brayden Schenn, out with injury and suspension, respectively.
After a back-and-forth scoreless opening period, the Flyers struck first. Wayne Simmonds deflected a Nicklas Grossman shot past Henrik Lundqvist to give the Flyers the 1-0 lead. Grossman’s first shot was blocked b Ryan Callahan, but the Flyers regained possession and cashed in from the stick of Simmonds.
The Flyers’ second goal came off a power play. After a tussle with Tye McGinn, Rangers Forward Kris Newbury was sent to the box for roughing. Jakub Voracek pushed the puck home in a scrum around the Rangers’ net. Claude Giroux’s shot was blocked, and a mad scramble ensued. Sean Coutorier’s shot was saved by Lundqvist, but Voracek gathered the puck at the backpost for the easy tuck in.
Early in the third period, the Rangers cut the deficit to one. Mariah Gaborik’s shot was blocked, but he regained control of the puck in time to find Taylor Pyatt for the backdoor pass and finish. Pyatt has scored in each of the last three games. The Flyers finished with doscipline, however, as Philly did not commit a penalty in the fianl ten minutes of play.
The Flyers improve to 1-3, and will travel to Florida to face the Panthers Saturday, 7:30 PM.