Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com
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The Flyers came back from a 2-1 deficit to tie the game in the third period, but couldn’t find the back of the net again and fell 3-2 to the New York Rangers in a shootout. Brayden Schenn opened the scoring with a goal 3:58 into the contest, but that was answered by a power play goal from J. J. Miller with 3:52 left in the period. Then the Rangers took the lead on a goal from Chris Kreider 4:49 into the second frame. In the third, the Flyers were on the man-advantage when Wayne Simmonds converted a pass from Jake Voracek to make it 2-2. Mats Zuccarello was the only successful shooter from either team. Steve Mason took the loss with 29 saves on 31 shots, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 of 36.
A minute or so after Derek Stepan took a high-sticking penalty near the halfway point of the third period, the Flyers tied it up on a tic-tac-toe power play execution where Claude Giroux sent it from the right circle to Jake Voracek on the right post, who sent it right back to Wayne Simmonds on the left post for a tap-in. Although the Flyers couldn’t go ahead after that, it gave them momentum for the rest of regulation and allowed them to secure a standings point.
1ST – Mats Zuccarello: Scored the only shootout goal among either team. Zuccarello was credited with two shots on goal and four hits in the game.
2ND – J.J. Miller: Scored the Rangers’ tying power-play goal in the first period. Miller had one other shot and was credited with three hits in 15:09 of ice time.
3RD – Henrik Lundqvist: Made 34 saves, 30 of which came in the final 50 minutes of regulation plus the five-minute overtime, to secure his 29th career win over the Flyers.
The Flyers saw a four-game winning streak snapped, but a season-high five-game point streak continues tomorrow into Detroit. The Flyers have 14 of a possible 16 points in their last eight home games dating back to December 7 and are 8-1-4 in their last 13 home games dating back to November 17… The Flyers were outshot 16-12 in the first period of the game, but outshot the Rangers 24-15 in the last two periods and overtime. The Rangers held an 11-4 shot advantage 9:43 into the game, but the Flyers outshot the Rangers 32-20 the rest of the way… The Flyers had 79 shot attempts to New York’s 57. Shayne Gostisbehere led the way with six shots on goal and 11 total attempts; Wayne Simmonds had 10 total attempts and Claude Giroux had nine. New York blocked 30 Flyers shots on the game… The Flyers scored first for the fifth consecutive game.
“The shootout sucks. I thought we played better for the better part of the game. Myself personally, I thought we deserved better than the one point. That’s the way it goes sometimes. We’ve just got to take the positives from today and look forward to tomorrow.”
“We thought that we deserved to win this game, but we can’t get frustrated about this. We need to move on and keep playing the way we’re playing. If we keep playing the way we’re playing right now, we’re going to win a lot of games and put ourselves in good position every game to be able to get the two points.”