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POSTGAME 5: Black Friday

Flyers late surge not enough as Rangers hang on to take 3-2 win on annual post-Thanksgiving game

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POSTGAME: Rangers 3, Flyers 2

Report from the locker room after the 3-2 loss

Report from the locker room after the 3-2 loss

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1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

Up 3-0 entering the final 20 minutes, the Rangers survived a third period push by the Flyers to walk away with a 3-2 victory on Black Friday.

Despite being out-shot in the period, the Rangers received goals less than two minutes apart from Derek Stepan and Matt Puempel to take a quick 2-0 lead after the first period. Kevin Hayes gave the Rangers a 3-0 lead in the second period, while Henrik Lundqvist made several key saves to keep the Flyers off the board.

Chris VandeVelde got the Flyers going early in the third by crashing the net as defenseman Andrew MacDonald rushed up the ice to create the scoring opportunity bringing the score to 3-1 with nearly a full period ahead of them. In the final three minutes and with an empty net, Shayne Gostisbehere fired a shot from the blueline, which Brayden Schenn deflected past Lunqvist with 2:04 left to play closing it to a one-goal game. The Flyers played 6 on 5 the rest of the way, but Lundqvist and the Rangers held their ground and hung on for the victory.

2. THE TURNING POINT
A redirected shot from the point from the Rangers leading goal-scorer, Kevin Hayes, snuck past Steve Mason to give New York a 3-0 lead. With the Flyers pushing the first period and most of the second period, the goal proved to be the difference as the third period was mostly dominated by the Flyers, who scored twice, but could not find a third to force overtime.

3. THE THREE STARS

1 - Henrik Lundqvist: Stopped 40 of 42 shots he faced, including 19 of 21 in the third period alone to earn his 32nd win in 51 games against the Flyers. 

2 - Derek Stepan: Had four shots on goal and opening the scoring for the Rangers, while going 59 percent on face-offs in the victory. Stepan now has 28 points in 30 career games against the Flyers.

3 - Jakub Voracek: Went scoreless in 20:39 of ice time and fired six shots on goal, the most of any player in the game.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* The Flyers are now 15-6-3 all-time in their Black Friday home games and are 22-6-3-1 overall on the day after Thanksgiving, both home and away.

* Flyers defensemen factored into both goals today, recording two assists (Gostisbehere & MacDonald)… The defense now has 14 goals and 46 assists for 60 points through 22 games this season, which leads the NHL.

* The teams combined for 67 hits on the game (NYR 37, PHI 30), with Radko Gudas leading the Flyers with five hits. 
 
* Claude Giroux was 16-for-24 (67 pct) on faceoffs.
 
* Today's game was the fifth time this season the Flyers have had 40 or more shots in a game, and the third time they've had 42. They are 3-2 in those five games, but have not won any of those three in regulation. They won two in a shootout (11/3 at NYI, 10/25 vs. BUF) and one in overtime (11/2 vs. DET).
 
5. THEY SAID IT
"Yeah, we talked about team toughness and making sure we're sticking up for each other. When a guy gets hit like that, I was the one in position to do something about it and I did what I had to."
- Travis Konecny

"I like what he did. I thought the Rangers guy dropped his gloves first. I don't think we should have lost the power play there. You can go skate over to a guy. His gloves were off and he was ready to go before our guy even got to him. So, I liked what TK did in that situation."
- Dave Hakstol

Video: Dave Hakstol's post-game press conference

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