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Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers hold off Flyers

Goalie makes 40 saves, New York hangs on for road win

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 40 saves in a bounce-back performance to help lift the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Friday.

Lundqvist had one of his best games of the season less than 48 hours after his worst. He was pulled in the second period of a 6-1 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday after allowing four goals, all in the second period, on 17 shots.

"Awareness," Lundqvist said when asked for the key to his success. "I think I kind of lacked it in the second period against Pittsburgh. It was a game for us, good game for me to really work through it and battle because they kept coming."


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Matt Puempel scored in his Rangers' debut. He was acquired off of waivers from the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes also scored for the Rangers (15-6-1), who improved to 5-0-1 after a regulation loss this season.

Steve Mason made 20 saves and the Flyers (9-10-3) got goals in the third period from Chris VandeVelde and Shayne Gostisbehere. Philadelphia has lost two in a row and three of its past four games in regulation.

Video: NYR@PHI: Gostisbehere redirects goal past Lundqvist

Gostisbehere scored an extra-attacker goal at 17:56 of the third period to cut the deficit to 3-2. Lundqvist had to make two saves seconds before the final buzzer to seal the win.

The Flyers outshot the Rangers 42-23, including 21-8 in the third period.

"Their goalie played a good game, made some key saves for them, but I think we stuck with it and at the end we were right there to tie it up," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. "I think we played a solid game. The last few games, they've been really good games, just we can't find a way to get the win. I think we've got to stay positive here."

Stepan and Puempel scored 1:34 apart in the first period to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. Hayes scored in the second to make it 3-0. Stepan and Hayes scored off of defensive zone turnovers by the Flyers.

"Critical errors," Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol said.

J.T. Miller knocked down and stole Scott Laughton's pass behind the goal line and found Stepan cutting into the slot for a one-timer at 13:16 of the first. Nick Holden intercepted Mark Streit's errant pass at the right point and set up Hayes for a redirection goal at 12:33 of the second.

"The little details in the game we need to pay attention to, but at the same time I think we're playing a lot better than the start of the year and we're not doing as many turnovers as the start of the year," Giroux said. "We play like we played [Friday], we're going to win a lot of games."

Puempel scored off of a 2-on-1 with Jimmy Vesey at 14:50 of the first period. He had no points in 13 games with Ottawa before he took Mika Zibanejad's spot on the Rangers' active roster.

Zibanejad is out with a broken left fibula.

"Confident kid," Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said of Puempel. "Picked his spot and got it. That's huge when you have injuries to have guys come in and contribute. Big for us."

Video: NYR@PHI: Stepan buries Miller's pass


Goal of the game

Puempel's goal was as pretty as the pass from Vesey that set it up. Vesey threaded a backhanded saucer pass between Gostisbehere and Andrew MacDonald onto Puempel's stick. Puempel then beat Mason on the glove side.

Video: NYR@PHI: Puempel puts home saucer from Vesey


Save of the game

With the Rangers leading 3-1 early in the third, Lundqvist set himself for a shot from Jakub Voracek from the top of the right circle, but Mats Zuccarello deflected it. Lundqvist adjusted and made what turned into a save with his glove and left arm as he fell down.

Video: NYR@PHI: Lundqvist lays out to rob Voracek


Highlight of the game

Lundqvist used his mask to make a save on Giroux off of a one-timer at 9:17 of the second period. He had to come across the crease, left to right, to prevent the Flyers from scoring on what was a 3-on-1.

Video: NYR@PHI: Ludqvist stretches to rob Giroux


Unsung moment of the game

Josh Jooris made the play in the defensive zone to help spring the 2-on-1 that led to Puempel's goal. Jooris got in position in the slot and knocked down Gostisbehere's shot before quickly moving the puck up to Vesey, setting him and Puempel off on the 2-on-1.


They said it

"When we have a tough night like we did the other game [against Pittsburgh] you want to make sure as a group you're preparing the right way, talking about the right things and going out to try to win a game. We weren't great, our goaltender was. That was a big win for him and us." -- Rangers defenseman Marc Staal


Need to know

Philadelphia's 42 shots on goal are the most allowed in a game this season by the Rangers, who have allowed 30 or more in four straight games and seven of their past eight. … This is the fifth game in which the Flyers have had 40 or more shots on goal. They are 3-2 in those games.


What's next

Rangers: Host the Ottawa Senators on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, MSG, TVA Sports, TSN5, NHL.TV)

Flyers: Host the Calgary Flames on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; CSN-PH, SNW, NHL.TV)


Video: Lundqvist, Hayes help Rangers hang on for 3-2 win

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