Coming off the heels of a 6-3 victory yesterday – and with the HBO 24/7 cameras rolling – the New York Rangers shutout the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 at Madison Square Garden. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots, earning his 2nd shutout of the season, fourth against the Flyers, and 37th regular season shutout of his NHL career.
Brad Richards would score the game’s first goal – assisted by a Ryan Callahan screen of Sergei Bobrovsky – at 54 seconds of the second period on the power play. The Rangers would score once more as the rookie Carl Hagelin – in his second NHL game- scored at 5:06 in the third period to close out the Rangers scoring for the game.
Join me after the jump for the full post-game recap.
- The tone for this game was set immediately after the drop of the puck when Brandon Prust fought Zac Rinaldo and later again with Wayne Simmonds. Prust is an unsung, gritty player for the Rangers. He was the spark for his team this game.
- His first point came yesterday and now Carl Hagelin’s first NHL goal comes in the very next game. He hasn’t looked out of place in both games and is contributing to the forecheck and the offense. Congratulations to the kid. The Broadway Hat suits him well.
- Erik Christensen better be real nervous…his spot on the team might be in jeopardy.
- Henrik Lundqvist was tested early and often but once again answered the call in shutting out the Flyers. Sure, it helped Jaromir Jagr didn’t play. But, we won’t mention that.
- Brad Richards cashed in his 8th goal on the season. I tweeted during the game he’s on pace for around 32/33 goals, but only the name number in assists. To some, a 64-point season from Richards would be a bust. But, if the Rangers show overall improvement – or a by some miracle a Stanley Cup – would it still be that way?
- Give credit to the Rangers in defending the Flyers almost flawlessly through 60 minutes. Total commitment to stopping the Flyers offensively.
- It’s nothing flashy or brilliant, but John Mitchell has given the Rangers something in his two games. He’s done well along the boards and he can skate. He compliments his line mates Hagelin and Brian Boyle well to create an effective 3rd line.
- One of the aspects stressed in the offseason was winning more games on home ice. With a victory today, the Rangers are 6-1-1 at MSG for their best start on home ice since they began the ‘92-‘93 season 7-1-1.
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