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Neuvirth makes 32 saves, Flyers defeat Rangers in shootout

Denies four New York attempts in tiebreaker; Patrick scores deciding goal

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

Neuvirth forces Hayes wide

PHI@NYR: Neuvirth stays with Hayes in shootout

Kevin Hayes makes a great series of moves but he's ultimately forced wide by Michal Neuvirth, who secures the shootout win for the Flyers

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NEW YORK -- Michal Neuvirth made 32 saves through overtime and three more in the shootout to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Nolan Patrick scored the only goal of the shootout in the fourth round. New York's Kevin Hayes had a chance to extend the tiebreaker but shot wide.

Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds scored for the Flyers (15-16-4), who have won three of four games since Scott Gordon took over as coach Monday.


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It was Neuvirth's first win of the season in his third game, first since Dec. 9.

"I was trying to stay patient and work hard every day, try to get better," Neuvirth said. "I've been for some time in the League and I know I can play at this level. My body is feeling pretty good finally. I got a reward for the hard work that I did."

Video: PHI@NYR: Patrick snaps shot over Lundqvist's glove

Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves, and Chris Kreider and Boo Nieves scored for the Rangers (15-14-6), who have lost two in a row and 10 of their past 13 games (3-6-4). They are on a six-game point streak at home (2-0-4).

"I looked this morning at the standings and obviously the separation is getting bigger," Lundqvist said of the Rangers, who are fifth in the Metropolitan Division, six points behind the third-place Pittsburgh Penguins. "We've got to start winning here if we want to be part of that race. Take this [Christmas] break and regroup and realize how desperate we need to be coming back."

Patrick said the Flyers are going into the break feeling better about themselves because of how they've played in four games since Gordon replaced Dave Hakstol. They felt they could have had eight out of eight points because of how they played in a 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, when they outshot Columbus 37-19.

Philadelphia also has scored a power-play goal in back-to-back games after going 1-for-31 in their previous 13 games.

"A lot of guys got their confidence back," Patrick said. "We're rolling right now, so it feels good."

The Flyers also responded after giving up the first goal Sunday, winning for the seventh time in 23 games the opponent has scored first (7-14-2).

Kreider scored on a breakaway to give New York a 1-0 lead at 10:05 of the first period.

The Flyers tied it 1-1 on Raffl's first goal of the season at 1:46 of the second period. He got behind Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, starting a 2-on-1 with Scott Laughton. Raffl kept the puck and scored with a glove-side wrist shot from the right face-off circle.

Raffl had no goals on 19 shots in 20 games entering Sunday.

"I actually had a good talk with [Laughton] yesterday, and he told me, 'Shoot the puck, man,'" Raffl said. "I took it to heart and finally got one in."

Simmonds gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal from the top of the crease at 5:01.

Nieves scored his first goal of the season 22 seconds later to tie it 2-2 at 5:23. He beat Neuvirth with a one-timer from the slot off a pass out of the corner from Lias Andersson, who forced a turnover before feeding Nieves.

Neuvirth made eight saves after Nieves' goal, including a point-blank stop on Brett Howden from the slot with 3:53 remaining and on Pavel Buchnevich from the bottom of the left circle with 1:10 left. He made two saves in overtime and stopped Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad and Buchnevich in the shootout before Patrick scored and Hayes missed.

"It means a lot for me, personally," Neuvirth said. "It's one of my biggest wins of my career. It feels really nice right now."

Video: PHI@NYR: Simmonds finds loose puck, scores PPG


They said it 

"You can coach the energy and the effort, but it's really hard and fortunately with the group that we have here, they don't force you to have to do that. That's a big piece. I told them that after the game and before the game that's something that has to be our identity, making sure we bring that every night." -- Flyers coach Scott Gordon


"The biggest challenge now is not the physical aspect, it's the mental. We're losing a lot of close games. Overtime. Shootout. It drains you a little bit. I'm not going to lie, it's a little tough to feel like you're doing the right things but it's not paying off. You've just got to accept so far it's been bouncing a little tough, the wrong way, I guess, but at the same time, you've got to earn them." -- Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist


Need to know

Hayes extended his point streak to an NHL career-high seven games with an assist on Kreider's goal. Hayes has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the seven games. ... The Flyers are 2-0 in the shootout this season. The Rangers are 5-2. ... New York was coming off a 5-3 loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.


What's next

Flyers: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, NHL.TV)

Rangers: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG 2, FS-O, NHL.TV)

Video: Patrick, Flyers beat Rangers in shootout, 3-2

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