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Philadelphia
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22-48-12
New York
Rangers
42-30-10

25 SOG
43 SOG
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game recap

Flyers 5, Rangers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 5, Rangers 3
Philadelphia Flyers 5, New York Rangers 3

NEW YORK (AP) -The New York Rangers were outworked and overmatched all day by the hapless Philadelphia Flyers.

Watching 38-year-old teammate Brendan Shanahan wheeled off the ice on a stretcher in the third period did nothing to change their fortunes.

Scottie Upshall scored a key goal in his Philadelphia debut and the physical Flyers beat the Rangers 5-3 on Saturday, but most of the postgame talk regarded Shanahan, who was injured in a violent collision with Flyers forward Mike Knuble.

"We were down already, but we wanted to try and win it for him," said Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr, himself a target of the hard-hitting Flyers. "It happens in hockey but it's tough to see."

The initial reports on Shanahan were good. X-rays and a CT scan were negative, but he was to be kept overnight for observation at St. Vincent's Hospital. The Rangers said he was alert and moving his extremities.

"You're his friend first, teammate second," defenseman Aaron Ward. "You feel for him, but he's a resilient man."

The right side of Knuble's face was swollen, and general manager Paul Holmgren said the forward fractured his cheekbone and orbital bone. Knuble is expected to have surgery in a few days, once the swelling goes down. There is no timetable for his return to the lineup.

Knuble, second on the Flyers with 22 goals and 43 points, declined to comment as he left Madison Square Garden. Holmgren expressed concern after the game that broken bones would be revealed once Knuble had more tests at home. Knuble accompanied the team on the train ride back to Philadelphia

"He seemed OK. He was a little woozy," Holmgren said.

The win came in the Flyers' first game following the trade of captain Peter Forsberg, who was making his debut with the Nashville Predators later Saturday.

New York also played the final period without goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who injured his left shoulder making a save, and defenseman Marek Malik. The Rangers had a season-high 23 shots in the period.

Lundqvist and coach Tom Renney said he was held out to give him rest before Sunday afternoon's game against Chicago.

Upshall, part of the deal that sent Forsberg to the Predators during Thursday's home loss to Toronto, scored on the Flyers' first shot against backup Stephen Valiquette to give Philadelphia a 4-2 lead 2:33 into the period.

Dmitry Afanasenkov, stopped by Valiquette on a penalty shot, later scored to make it 5-2. Geoff Sanderson, whose shot hurt Lundqvist, R.J. Umberger and Simon Gagne also had goals. Antero Niittymaki made 40 saves.

Philadelphia, the NHL's worst team, is 3-1-1 in its past five games and won for the first time this season with Forsberg out of the lineup (1-14-3).

"We've played better after the All-Star break and now the Peter thing is over," Niittymaki said. "We don't have to worry about that anymore. We can just move on."

The Rangers missed a chance to move up in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Marian Hossa, Petr Prucha, and Matt Cullen scored but New York's three-game winning streak was snapped.

Gagne made it 3-1 with his 31st goal of the season with 30.8 seconds left in the second period.

Lundqvist, still smarting from Sanderson's hard shot that hurt him 1:25 into the period, banged his stick in frustration. It marked just the third time in 14 games that Lundqvist allowed more than two goals.

Sanderson was the first Flyers player to get to him. Despite a first period in which New York held a huge shots advantage and a 6-0 power-play edge, Sanderson made it 1-0 with 6:31 left in the first period.

Philadelphia led even though it was outshot 13-2.

Hossa tied it for New York 2:26 later by tipping in rookie defenseman Daniel Girardi's shot. It was Girardi's first NHL point in 10 career games.

But another late-period goal restored Philadelphia's lead. Umberger got to a turnover in the neutral zone and went in alone on Lundqvist. His shot between the pads with 1:09 left in the period was the Flyers' 12th short-handed goal of the season - second-best in the NHL - and the league-low second allowed by the Rangers.

"I didn't think we competed enough," Renney said. "We needed to initiate it ourselves and sustain but we chose not to do that."

Philadelphia started strong against the Rangers. Hard-hitting forwards Ben Eager and Todd Fedoruk took three roughing penalties in the first 6:20, and Mike Richards fought New York's Sean Avery midway through the period.

"There was no feeling-out process, they just starting running" said Ward, who took four stitches above his left eye and cut his hand during a third-period fight with Alexandre Picard.

Prucha cut New York's deficit to 4-2 at 5:57 of the third, converting Jagr's rebound for his 13th goal. Jagr was drilled late along the end boards by defenseman Derian Hatcher as the goal was scored, one of several questionable hits against him that went unwhistled.

"If I have an opportunity to finish a hard check on him, I'm going to do it every time," Fedoruk said. "It's not often guys in my position are out against the top line. You hit a guy like that, it gets him thinking. It gets their team upset and off what they want to do."

Notes: New York's power play that scored six times in the previous nine chances was 1-for-9. ... Philadelphia, 2-3-1 against New York, has killed 36 of 38 short-handed situations against the Rangers. ... Avery got into a postgame shouting match with Flyers assistant coach Craig Berube in the hallway between the dressing rooms. Berube had 3,149 penalty minutes in 1,054 NHL games.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:29
PHI
Geoff Sanderson (9) ASST: Mike Knuble (21), Simon Gagne (18)
1 - 0 PHI
15:55
NYR
Marcel Hossa (6) ASST: Dan Girardi (1), Martin Straka (38)
1 - 1 Tie
18:51
PHI
SHG - R.J. Umberger (12) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 PHI
2nd Period
19:29
PHI
Simon Gagne (31) ASST: Alexandre Picard (13), Geoff Sanderson (12)
3 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
02:33
PHI
PPG - Scottie Upshall (3) ASST: Kyle Calder (10), Jeff Carter (15)
4 - 1 PHI
05:57
NYR
PPG - Petr Prucha (13) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (50), Michael Nylander (44)
4 - 2 PHI
14:04
PHI
Dimitri Afanasenkov (6) ASST: Randy Jones (12), Todd Fedoruk (11)
5 - 2 PHI
18:59
NYR
SHG - Matt Cullen (11) ASST: Sean Avery (22), Dan Girardi (2)
5 - 3 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
02:48
PHI
Ben Eager  Roughing against  Ryan Hollweg
06:20
PHI
Todd Fedoruk  Roughing against  Jed Ortmeyer
06:20
PHI
Todd Fedoruk  Roughing against  Jed Ortmeyer
10:40
NYR
Sean Avery  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Richards
10:40
PHI
Todd Fedoruk  Tripping
10:40
PHI
Mike Richards  Fighting (maj) against  Sean Avery
17:04
PHI
Ben Eager  Misconduct (10 min)
17:04
PHI
Ben Eager  Roughing against  Sean Avery
19:39
PHI
Joni Pitkanen  Cross checking against  Sean Avery
19:43
NYR
Jaromir Jagr  Hooking
2nd Period
06:41
NYR
Michal Rozsival  Hooking
14:33
NYR
Marcel Hossa  Unsportsmanlike conduct
17:16
NYR
Michal Rozsival  Tripping against  R.J. Umberger
3rd Period
00:54
NYR
Karel Rachunek  Interference on goalkeeper against  Antero Niittymaki
05:21
PHI
Alexandre Picard  Boarding against  Sean Avery
14:34
PHI
Joni Pitkanen  Holding
16:43
NYR
Sean Avery  Roughing against  Alexei Zhitnik
16:43
PHI
Alexei Zhitnik  Hi-sticking against  Sean Avery
17:03
PHI
Alexandre Picard  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Ward
17:03
PHI
Joni Pitkanen  Roughing against  Ryan Hollweg
17:03
NYR
Ryan Hollweg  Roughing against  Joni Pitkanen
17:03
NYR
Ryan Hollweg  Elbowing against  Joni Pitkanen
17:03
NYR
Aaron Ward  Fighting (maj) against  Alexandre Picard
19:39
PHI
Jeff Carter  Interference
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 43TOI: 60:00
Saves: 40EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 15 - 16
SV%: .930SH: 0 - 1
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 17TOI: 40:00
Saves: 14EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .824SH: 1 - 2
Steve Valiquette
SA: 8TOI: 19:24
Saves: 6EV: 4 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0