(Philadelphia, PA, March 31) – The New York Rangers scored three goals in the first period and added another three in the second, en route to a 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on Saturday night.
New York led by two goals after the first period before Ben Eager cut the lead to 3-2 with his second of the game. Eager had a little bit of luck on his side, as he threw the puck towards the net from the boards and it deflected perfectly off of the stick of the Rangers' Ryan Hollweg and past Henrik Lundqvist at 4:01 of the second period.
That was as close as Philadelphia would get the rest of the way, however. Jaromir Jagr tallied his second goal of the night when he held off defenseman Braydon Coburn and found the back of the net past the short side of goaltender Martin Biron at 6:16.
"We got exposed by a world-class player," said John Stevens of Jagr, who finished with two goals and an assist. "It's a matchup where he took advantage of a couple situations."
Martin Straka made it 5-2 when defenseman Marek Malik barely kept the puck in the Philadelphia zone, skated to the faceoff circle and found an open Straka 59 seconds after Jagr's goal. That goal chased Biron in favor of Antero Niittymaki.
"He's played a lot of hockey," said Stevens of Biron, who started the Flyers' previous seven games, including Friday night in New Jersey. "[We got] him out of the net and put [Niittymaki] back in for a bit to kind of slow things down a little and change the momentum. That was the reason for taking him out."
"The puck didn't seem to stick to me as it has been in prior games. It just went that way tonight," said Biron.
Braydon Coburn's power play blast of a loose puck at 13:18 brought Philadelphia back to within two, but Petr Prucha's goal with a man advantage gave the Rangers back their three-goal cushion with less than minute remaining in the period.
Ryan Potulny tipped a shot by Simon Gagne two minutes into the third period, but that was all the Flyers would get.
"I thought we played a good game, we just had a couple breakdowns that cost us," said Eager.
The game was the eighth and final between the two teams this season. The Flyers finished 2-5-1 in those contests, with both victories coming at Madison Square Garden.
Thomas Pock opened the scoring at 3:32 with a wrist shot from the faceoff circle, before Eager's got his own rebound or a wraparound 24 seconds later.
Ryan Callahan and Jagr gave New York a 3-1 lead later in the first.
Lundqvist finished with 33 saves to pick up the victory in net.
The Flyers were 1-for-5 on the power play while the Rangers scored on one of their two chances.
Philadelphia has four games left this season, with the next coming on Tuesday in Toronto. The final three games are at the Wachovia Center.
FLYERS NOTES Eager recorded his second career two-goal game. … Nate Guenin, recalled from the Phantoms earlier in the day, recorded his first point in the NHL with an assist on Eager's second goal. … The Flyers are 10-15-6 since the All-Star Break. … Derian Hatcher left the game after the second period with a left hip flexor.