Flyers Drop Close Game to Rangers 2-1

Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, the Flyers hosted the New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia was coming into this game, having won four of their last seven games. New York has been on a roll recently, having won nine straight and not losing a game since January 26th. The Flyers would be without leading goal scorer Travis Konecny, who is dealing with an upper-body injury. The Rangers have been sitting comfortably atop the Metropolitan Division, with Philadelphia only trailing by 13 points in their matchup. Unfortunately, the Flyers drop a close game in an old-school New York vs. Philly battle.

Old School Hockey

The first period of action would be Philadelphia putting the pressure on in the first three minutes. Philadelphia would fire six shots on net in the first two and a half minutes of play before Nicolas Deslauriers would drop the gloves with Rangers rookie Matt Rempe. The energy in the building would pick up. Play would level off as both teams saw opportunities throughout the opening stanza. The first period would come to a close with the score all even at 0-0.

The second period of play would start with much of the same. Aside from a penalty to Joel Farabee for high-sticking. Philadelphia would kill that penalty off and maintain pace with the division-leading Rangers. This was until Garnet Hathaway would be shown the gate for a double minor high-sticking call. The play would even out to four-on-four after a holding call on Rangers forward Artemi Panarin, but New York would capitalize when Alexis Lafreniere scored his 17th goal of the season to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Philadelphia had a chance to go ahead before that goal when Scott Laughton had a shot rip off the crossbar behind Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin. The second period would close with the Flyers trailing by one goal.

In the End…

Philadelphia would come out in the final period looking to battle and gain ground in the standings on the division leaders, and they would get the response they were looking for as Tyson Foerster would score two and a half minutes into the period to level the score 1-1. The positivity from the Foerster goal would be short-lived, though, as the aforementioned Matt Rempe would score his first NHL goal. It would prove to be the game-winner for New York, as the final horn would sound, and the Rangers would get their ninth straight win by a final score of 2-1.

A Playoff Atmosphere

This had a very strong playoff atmosphere in South Philadelphia. New York’s win tied a franchise record for consecutive wins, last done in 1972-73. Rangers rookie Matt Rempe, who scored the game-winning goal, played in his fourth career game. He entered play today with 22 penalty minutes in just 9:47 of total ice time in his three career games. His fight against Hathaway in the first period seemed to get both teams amped up. Rangers coach and former Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said, “That’ll wake you up quick,” in regards to the heavyweight tilt in the opening frame. New York travels to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets tomorrow, and Philadelphia will travel out to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins on Sunday.

Austin Hamell
Austin Hamell

Austin is the host of The Attacking Third (Tuesday nights at 9 pm). His passion for soccer started in the early 2000s because of his brother and father’s influence. He is a dedicated fan of all Philly sports and also is a fan of gaming.