It's been nearly a calendar year since the Philadelphia Flyers
have recorded a victory against the New York Rangers
-- Feb. 20, 2011, to be exact. And despite going six straight without a win (0-5-1) in that span, the Flyers remain confident they can snap that streak today when the teams meet for the fifth time this season.
"Even though they're a great team, I still believe we can beat them," Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr
told reporters following practice Friday.
A big part of making that belief a reality is beating Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist
, which they've had trouble doing this season. Lundqvist has stopped 112 of 118 shots (.949 save percentage) in four games this season. And in 35 games against Philadelphia, he's 20-10-3 with a 2.60 goals-against average, .910 save percentage and four shutouts.
It doesn't hurt that the Rangers have the sixth-most blocked shots in the League.
"Against Lundqvist, it's all about traffic, and try to battle hard in front of the net," center Maxime Talbot
said. "They don't give much. They play really tight defensively, so it's about putting the puck there and fight for rebounds, because he's probably the best goalie in the League this year."
"If he sees the puck, he's going to stop it," added center Claude Giroux
The Flyers, however, are clinging to the fact that they were tied or ahead in the third period in the teams' last two meetings.
"We have to outwork them and outskate them," defenseman Andrej Meszaros
said. "They're a good transition team and they can score off the rush, so we have to play (better) defense."
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