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game recap

Flyers 4, Rangers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 4, Rangers 2
Philadelphia Flyers 4, New York Rangers 2

NEW YORK (AP) -The Philadelphia Flyers needed only three days to get back at the New York Rangers.

Flyers captain Peter Forsberg had a goal and two assists, and Antero Niittymaki made 25 saves as Philadelphia beat New York 4-2 Tuesday night for its first win of the season.

"This was a huge win for us," said Niittymaki, who lost a 13-round shootout to the Rangers at home on Saturday. He bounced back quickly after allowing Marcel Hossa to win the shootout with the only goal in the lengthy tiebreaker.

The Flyers returned the favor and handed the Rangers their first loss (2-1).

"We wanted to show that we wanted to win tonight," Forsberg said. "We know these are big games. We have to battle these guys all year."

In the rematch, Simon Gagne tipped Forsberg's right-circle feed under Henrik Lundqvist's pads on a 5-on-3 power play for his third goal of the season at 12:25 of the second period that made it 4-1.

New Rangers forward Brendan Shanahan scored his third of the season - all in New York's two home games - with 29 seconds left in the middle period. He fired in a hard slap shot off a nice feed from Michael Nylander during a power play to close the gap to 4-2.

It was the first power-play goal of the season for the Rangers.

"Obviously, our effort wasn't good enough and we know that," Shanahan said. "They came out as a team that deserved to win and expected to win. We came out like a team waiting to see what they were going to do. We were spectators the first two periods."

Philadelphia scored twice within 59 seconds of the second period to take a 3-1 lead. Mike Knuble scored his first at 6:59, skating out unchecked from the right corner and deking Lundqvist on a backhander from close range. Geoff Sanderson followed at 7:58, scoring on a 2-on-1 break for his second of the season.

The Flyers came out aggressively at the start, swarming on the forecheck and forcing Lundqvist to make several difficult saves. Forsberg skated out of the right corner along the goal line and scored his second goal on a high, sharp-angle wrist shot from close in at 3:15 to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead.

"We fought the same way we finished off the last half of the game in Philadelphia," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "You're seeing our speed up front really creating a lot of problems for teams. Our defense is getting better and better as a group. We're moving the puck better. We're in sync with each other and we're playing hard."

Rangers defenseman Thomas Pock scored his first at 16:33 to make it 1-1. Petr Prucha started the play by blocking a point shot in the New York zone and sending a nifty backhand pass off the sideboard as he fell to the ice to create a 2-on-1 break.

Shanahan skated down the left wing and sent a cross ice pass to Pock, who waited until Niittymaki went down and wristed the puck into the top of the net.

Notes: David Wright, Tom Glavine, Paul LoDuca and Chris Woodward of the New York Mets were in attendance and received an ovation from the crowd. They open the National League championship series at home against St. Louis on Wednesday night. ... The Rangers were 0-for-12 on the power play for the season and 0-for-3 in 5-on-3 advantages before Shanahan's goal. ... Shanahan tied Jari Kurri for 14th on the NHL career goal list with 601. ... Jaromir Jagr, who assisted on Shanahan's tally, has 33 goals and 60 assists in 71 games against the Flyers. ... Forsberg has five goals and 26 assists in 22 career games versus the Rangers

scoring summary
1st Period
03:15
PHI
Peter Forsberg (2) ASST: Denis Gauthier (1), Mike Knuble (2)
1 - 0 PHI
16:33
NYR
Thomas Pock (1) ASST: Brendan Shanahan (2), Petr Prucha (3)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
06:59
PHI
Mike Knuble (1) ASST: Simon Gagne (1), Peter Forsberg (2)
2 - 1 PHI
07:58
PHI
Geoff Sanderson (2) ASST: Joni Pitkanen (4)
3 - 1 PHI
12:25
PHI
PPG - Simon Gagne (3) ASST: Peter Forsberg (3), Geoff Sanderson (1)
4 - 1 PHI
19:31
NYR
PPG - Brendan Shanahan (3) ASST: Michael Nylander (4), Jaromir Jagr (4)
4 - 2 PHI
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
05:25
NYR
Ryan Hollweg  Boarding against  Boyd Kane
11:28
PHI
Peter Forsberg  Hooking against  Michal Rozsival
17:09
NYR
Aaron Ward  Interference
17:09
PHI
Petr Nedved  Holding against  Jaromir Jagr
2nd Period
01:54
NYR
Matt Cullen  Hooking
08:20
PHI
Jeff Carter  Hooking against  Jason Ward
11:04
NYR
Marek Malik  Hooking
11:29
NYR
Jason Ward  Hooking against  Randy Jones
14:56
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Hooking against  Jaromir Jagr
15:43
NYR
Adam Hall  Holding against  Mike Richards
15:59
PHI
Joni Pitkanen  Hooking against  Jaromir Jagr
19:01
PHI
Petr Nedved  Holding
3rd Period
03:25
PHI
Peter Forsberg  Tripping against  Marcel Hossa
06:19
PHI
Niko Dimitrakos  Hooking against  Michael Nylander
13:10
NYR
Jaromir Jagr  Hooking against  Denis Gauthier
18:51
PHI
Sami Kapanen  Hooking
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .926SH: 3 - 3
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 24TOI: 58:11
Saves: 20EV: 14 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .833SH: 2 - 2