NEW YORK - Mike Knuble scored two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-0 victory over New York on Saturday night, spoiling Scott Gomez and Chris Drury's first pre-season game for the Rangers.
Sami Kapanen, Mike Richards and Steve Downie also scored for the Flyers (2-1-0). Both Philadelphia goalies played well. Martin Biron made 19 saves through the first two periods. Antero Nittymaki took over to start the third and made 14 stops to preserve the shutout.
The Rangers (1-1-0) used mostly prospects and minor leaguers in their pre-season opener Friday, a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. Against the Flyers, the Rangers rolled out the veterans as forward Jaromir Jagr and goalie Henrik Lundqvist saw their first pre-season action. It was also the first game the Rangers' two high-profile free-agent signings - centres Gomez and Drury.
The Flyers took charge early. After Lundqvist made a sparkling glove save on Kapanen's backhand shot on a penalty shot 11:23 into the game, Kapanen broke through at 12:15 and Knuble 1:25 later.
Richards made it 3-0 at 13:04 of the second. Downie and Knuble scored in the third.