If last week’s game was a coming-out party for the Flyers, this one mirrored a completely different result.
The New York Rangers held off two Flyers’ power plays inside of the last 10 minutes to hold on to a 2-1 victory. The teams are now 1-1 in the five meetings scheduled for the season.
New York spiked a quick lead early in the first. They began strong, controlling play, denying the Flyers a chance to settle in. A suspect goal from a Micheal Del Zotto 57ft slapshot drew a 1-0 lead. A good screen made saving an easy shot difficult for Ilya Bryzgalov, though the shot seemed simple enough. Bryzgalov faired well, making 26 saves on the night. Philadelphia would go on to put strong, consistent pressure to end the period, but the scoreline remained 1-0.
After two successive Rangers’ penalties, the Flyers were given a chance. They had a 5-on-3 advantage to work with for 1:17 early in the second period. A patient power play quickly worsened to a sloppy whimper. One, at most two shots were put on net, and soon the opportunity was put to waste.
This resembled the difference on the ice; the Rangers took advantage of opportunities, while Philadelphia wasted them. After a Max Talbot penalty on Michael Del Zotto, Ryan Callahan converted the power play and doubled the lead.
The Flyers nicked one back halfway through the third period, as Kimmo Timonen finally took advantage of a power play with a power shot to the roof of Lundqvist.
Unfortunately, the Flyers power play stumbled over two more chances. Both were in the second half of the period; however, they failed to net the tying goal.
At 2-5, the Flyers are very much behind the eight-ball. They desperately need to get this shortened season back on track. They travel to Washington to face the Capitals Friday at 7PM.