In the front end of back-to-back road games at Madison Square Garden, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers, 5-4, on Monday night.
The Flyers took a 2-0 lead to the first intermission on a goal off the rush by James van Riemsdyk (13th) off a nice pass by Joel Farabee and an Ivan Provorov goal (4th) off a faceoff. Sean Couturier assisted on both goals.
In the second period, the Flyers yielded three straight even-strength goals to Artemi Panarin (6th), Colin Blackwell (6th) and Julien Gauthier (2nd). With 1:44 remaining in the period, a perfectly placed Farabee power play goal (12th) re-tied the game at 3-3.
The third period saw Kevin Rooney (5th) restore a Ranger lead at 2:56 only for Giroux to score (6th) on a power play to make it a 4-4 game. In overtime, Jakub Voracek (4th) made the Rangers pay for an awful turnover, going in alone to win the game.
Carter Hart had so-so stats for the night (20 saves on 24 shots) but came up with multiple very tough saves and was hung out to dry several other times. Keith Kinkaid (25 saves on 30 saves).
The Flyers went 2-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The Rangers were missing defensemen Adam Fox along with forwards Pavel Buchnevich and Phil Di Giuseppe. All are in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.
After a sloppy 60 minutes of hockey, the game moved to OT. The Rangers dominated puck possession but after a poor pass from Kinkaid to Panarin left him vulnerable, Voracek stole the puck and soloed to turn Kinkaid inside out out and win the game at 3:47 of overtime.
1) The Flyers went 200 feet to score their first goal and Couturier took a bump in the neutral zone to advance the puck to Farabee. After taking a pass from Farabee, van Riemsdyk put a shift on Kinkaid and slid home the puck at 3:47 of the first period. Rather than giving up a goal shortly after scoring one -- a frequent problem this season -- the Flyers scored again at 5:05. Couturier won an offensive zone left circle faceoff cleanly to Provorov at the left point and moved to the slot to set up a screen and look for a possible deflection. The puck found the net.
2) Philly was the better team for the majority of the first period. There were, however, several nervous moments on the Flyers' first power play, but they got through the kill. First period shots were 11-6 in the Flyers' favor; attempts were 17-12 in the Rangers' favor. Philly blocked five shots to help their own cause. However, one of the blocks was potentially costly as Farabee took the puck off his right ankle and was in a lot of pain back at the bench. He took a 10-second shift at the end of the period and remained in the game thereafter.
3) The Flyers had a disastrous second period, getting outshot by a 12-7 margin (8-0 at one point, 11-3 until late in the period) and giving up three straight goals. Moments after Nolan Patrick erased a dangerous play off a Kevin Hayes neutral zone turnover, the Rangers generated another scoring chance and the deadly Panarin potted a left circle one-timer at 8:12 off a feed from Tarmo Reunanen. At 10:52, the Rangers went the length of the ice to score. A Brendan Smith stretch pass got past Travis Sanheim in the neutral zone and created a 2-on-1 for Panarin and Blackwell against Phil Myers. Myers went over to the puck carrier, Panarin slid the pass across, and Blackwell made no mistake. At 15:16, Gauthier beat Shayne Gostisbehere to the outside on the rush, cut in and, taking the puck to the backhand scored upstairs to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.
4) New York's Gauthier took a careless high-sticking penalty defending Travis Konecny on an offensive zone entry. On the ensuing power play, it took the Flyers just nine seconds to score. A centering pass from Claude Giroux behind the net found an open Farabee, who sniped a perfect shot from the left circle under the crossbar to the short side, tying the game at 3-3. Then, at 19:44, Smith landed a seeming knee-on-knee hit on Giroux (who was OK) cutting over the middle in the New York zone. Nolan Patrick went over to confront Smith, who was ready for him, and then Jakub Voracek came in to defend Patrick. The result was a 5-on-4 power play for the Rangers with Patrick, Voracek and Smith all receiving roughing minors.
5) Hart made a 10-bell skate save on the dangerous Kreider on a 2-on-0 near the after a Provorov turnover. But then a puck got chipped past Gostisbehere, Patrick wasn't able to make a play on the defensive boards and Rooney scored to the short side at 2:56 of the third period to give the Rangers a 4-3 lead. Gauthier's stick clipped Giroux and drew blood for a Flyers' four-minute power play at 4:53. Philly made it 5-5 at 5:33 as Giroux passed from behind the net to Voracek and swung out toward the far-side post to take a return pass for a tap-in. A would-be go-ahead power play goal by Hayes with shortly over 3 minutes left was wiped out on an offside challenge; the right call was made on replay.