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POSTGAME 5: Rangers outdistance Flyers

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

Derek Stepan scored two third-period goals to change a one-goal game into a three-goal game and give the Rangers an eventual 3-1 win over the Flyers. Derick Brassard gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the game, but that was the only scoring until Stepan’s first goal halfway through the third period. Just over three minutes later, Stepan tallied a second while on a power play. With 10 seconds to play, the Flyers ruined the shutout bid with a goal from Brayden Schenn while on a power play of their own. It was the only blemish for Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 21 shots. Steve Mason turned away 27 of 30 in the loss. Stars of the Game: 1 – Henrik Lundqvist; 2 – Derek Stepan; 3 – Mats Zuccarello.  

While on the road in a tough building, the Flyers were anything from a brilliant play to a lucky bounce away from tying the game for half of the third period. But Derek Stepan’s goal with 9:26 to play give the Rangers a two-goal cushion and change the complexion of the game. The lead later became three after a Flyers penalty. 

1st – Henrik Lundqvist: Always an imposing presence in the Rangers crease, Lundqvist turned aside every bid the Flyers tossed at him until the last one. Despite the goal, Lundqvist improved his career record against the Flyers to 31-13-0-4.

2nd – Derek Stepan: Put the game out of reach with his two third-period goals, his 11th and 12th of the season. Stepan led the Rangers with six shots on goal.

3rd – Mats Zuccarello: Set up both of the aforementioned Stepan goals.

Shayne Gostisbehere extended his scoring streak to 12 games with his third-period assist. Gostisbehere had five shot attempts in the game, all of which came in the third period… The Flyers had 22 shots on goal but had 70 shot attempts. The Rangers blocked 20 Flyers attempts, and 28 missed the net. The Rangers had 30 shots on goal, but only 51 attempts… Claude Giroux was 19-for-27 on faceoffs (70 pct)… Brayden Schenn led the Flyers with five shots and also led the team with five hits.

“We would have liked to play better, obviously. It sucks. Those were two big points that we needed. But, short memories. We’ve got to forget about this one and move on to New Jersey on Tuesday night.”

(Wayne Simmonds)

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