The Philadelphia Flyers (36-20-7) hosted the New York Rangers (35-25-4) at the Wells Fargo Center for Friday night hockey in front of 19,581 screaming fans. Fans wanted to see if the Flyers could climb the standings in the Metropolitan Division and overtake the Penguins for 2nd place.
A Rocky Start
But things for the Flyers didn’t quite work out early in the first period. About 3 minutes into the game Carter Hart gave up a goal to Jesper Fast by knocking the puck out of the air. Carter Hart would redeem himself all game and stop the next 25 shots the Rangers would take.
The Flyers would bounce back from a goal by Sean Couturier. The shot was beautiful as it was a one-timer from a pass by Jakub Voracek and even Ivan Provorov got the second assist.
Mid-way through the first period, the Rangers had a player go down from blocking Phillipe Myers, Rangers did confirm Chris Kreider fractured his foot on the play and is out for a good amount of time.
Flyers Start to Pick Up
The Flyers started to pick it up in the second period. The first goal was from James Van Riemsdyk in the 13th minute with a rebound shot. But the biggest goal and final of the period was from Claude Giroux who scored off a one-timer from Couturier to make the game 3-1 heading into the third period.
During the period though, there were some questionable no calls from the referees including one that was against Myers when he was wrapped up against a Rangers player and was somehow called for interference. The Philadelphia crowd was not happy and was very vocal on that call.
The Flyers would continue with their firey play as Giroux would continue to dominate with another goal, his second of the game and 19th of the year. Kevin Hayes would then score the next goal to advance the flyers lead to 5-1. Voracek would assist on both goals making his game total 4 and having 38 assists on the year so far.
With about a minute left, the Rangers were able to get back one goal but the damage was already done and the Flyers would win the game 5-2. The goal was from Brett Howden
With the win, the Flyers will now improve to (37-20-7) and extending the win streak to 5 games. But more importantly, with the Penguins’ loss, the Flyers now move up to 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division now trailing the Washington Capitals.
The Flyers next play on Sunday, March 1st against the Rangers again but this time it will be in New York at Madison Square Garden.
Eric Williamson is the host of the Union podcast Full Time Philly and also contrinutes to many of the Union coverage. He is a huge fan of all the 4 major Philly teams on top of music too.