The last time the Flyers and Rangers met was back on November 1st in that game the Flyers played the New York Rangers to a 60-minute scoreless tie before losing in overtime at Madison Square Garden.
Fast forward to Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The teams are now heading in opposite directions in the standings hooked up for the second time this year.
The Flyers got the scoring going first JVR with his 5th of the year a pretty wrap-around goal gave the Flyers an early 1-0 lead. The Ranger would strike back at the tail end of the 1st Artemi Panarin would find the back of the net tying things up 1-1 heading into the 1st Intermission.
In the second The Rangers K’Andre Miller was sprung on the breakaway. With Sanhiem slashing at his feet fell but regained his footing finishing the play and the goal. It was a thing of beauty and a goal-of-the-year candidate.
2-1 Rangers. Barclay Goodrow would make it 3-1 at the 12:14 mark of the second. The Flyers would storm back Scott Laughton would be sprung on his breakaway shorthanded it was his 6th goal of the year 3-2 Rangers. In the third period, Jimmy Vesey of the Rangers would put them up 4-2 at the 6:22 mark with his 6th goal of the year.
Just over a minute the orange and black would strike back. Morgan Frost at 7:53 his 5th goal brings the Flyers within one goal 4-3. The rest of the period was back and forth.
At the 18:10 mark, the Flyers went on the power play. John Tortorella gambled on pulling the goalie giving the Flyers a two-man advantage. The gamble failed and the result was an empty net goal by Jacob Trouba his 1st of the year 5-3 Rangers. The Rangers would add a 6th goal at the 19:12 mark. The final score was 6-3 Rangers.
Up next for the Flyers. Columbus visits South Philly on Tuesday Night December 20th.
This and That
The Flyers placed forward Lukas Sedlak on waivers for the purpose of allowing him to return to his native country, Czechia – a move that essentially ends his NHL career. Sedlak was claimed off waivers from Colorado in October, and played in 27 games for Philadelphia, recording three goals and five assists for eight points
Flyers leading scorer Kevin Hayes was a healthy scratch
The Flyers were 0-4 on the power play (15-96 15%). They also registered a shorthanded goal
Flyers recall Kieffer Bellows from Lehigh Valley (AHL) and the return of Patrick Brown from an upper-body injury
Flyers forward Zack MacEwen was a late scratch due to illness. Rather than replace MacEwen with a forward, the Flyers chose to go with seven defensemen.
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