After last night’s snoozefest in Newark, NJ, the New York Rangers looked to get the ball rolling tonight as they made the trek to Philadelphia to play the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers’ lineup tonight looked much different when compared to last night’s against the Devils. Dan Girardi, Darroll Powe, Derick Brassard, Ryan McDonagh and Benoit Pouliot all made their preseason debuts tonight.
As the first period got underway, there was a huge difference in this New York team. They looked to have more jump and they were able to sustain a better forecheck than the night before. There was back and forth play between the two sides, and it was evenly matched throughout. The game had a good pace and was moving along quite nicely. Martin Biron also made his debut tonight, as he made two spectacular saves on Flyers newcomer Vincent Lecavalier. The game remained scoreless after one.
Just 1:10 into the second period, Derick Brassard rifled home a wrist shot from the slot which was given to him on a platter beautifully by forward Mats Zuccarello. Flyers goaltender Steve Mason stood no chance. After that, the Rangers seemed to find their groove. They were establishing the forecheck, and getting some good scoring chances. Although they did not score on the man-advantage, they still moved the puck fluently and were able to get some offense going. Fans can already see the difference between John Tortorella’s system and Alain Vigneault‘s. With about 7 minutes to play in the second, a defensive breakdown led to Max Talbot’s goal which tied the game at 1. It was a great shot by Talbot, and ironically enough, Cam Talbot had no shot at stopping it. In the final minute of play, the teams thought they would go into the locker room deadlocked at 1, until rookie Andrew Yogan threw a puck toward goal which was deflected in by Powe who was eagerly awaiting the pass. That made the scoreline 2-1 and would remain that way at the end of the 2nd.
The third period was sure to bring excitement and great hockey. The Rangers offense looked great all night long, and they didn’t disappoint in the final stanza. 5 minutes into the period, after a scramble in front, Brassard dished the puck over to Benoit Pouliot, who potted home his first goal of the preseason past Mason. After that goal, the young Rangers defense clamped down and secured the team’s first preseason victory in 2013.
Overall, New York turned in a all around solid team effort which resulted in a well deserved win. Both Biron and Talbot made some key saves, and Derick Brassard turned in a good performance, along with rookie standouts Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg. The Rangers will now have 5 days off to practice and get ready for the upcoming campaign which begins on October 3 in Phoenix. Their next preseason game is against the Calgary Flames on September 23.
|01:10||NYR||D. BRASSARD WRIST – ASST: M. ZUCCARELLO AND A. STRALMAN||1 – 0 NYR|
|13:26||PHI||M. TALBOT WRIST – ASST: H. GILL AND K. NEWBURY||1 – 1 TIE|
|19:26||NYR||D. POWE WRIST – ASST: A. YOGAN AND C. ALLEN||2 – 1 NYR|
|02:28||PHI||S. COUTURIER BACKHAND – ASST: J. VORACEK||2 – 2 TIE|
|05:30||NYR||B. POULIOT WRIST – ASST: D. BRASSARD AND D. MCILRATH||3 – 2 NYR|
Remaining Preseason Games
|MON SEP 23, 2013||RANGERS||FLAMES||9:00 PM||MSG|
|TUE SEP 24, 2013||RANGERS||OILERS||9:00 PM||TSN, MSG|
|THU SEP 26, 2013||RANGERS||CANUCKS||10:00 PM||TSN, NHLN-US, MSG|
|FRI SEP 27, 2013||RANGERS||KINGS
(LAS VEGAS, NV)
|10:30 PM||NHLN-US, MSG|