FINAL SCORE: New York Rangers-3 Philadelphia Flyers-1
FIRST PERIOD: Coming into rivalry night at Madison Square Garden the Rangers were in second place in the Metropolitan division with 84 points, ONE point ahead of the Flyers at 83 in a crucial game that could possibly possibly decide who gets home ice advantage in a possible playoff series between the two teams. The Rangers tried to come out with speed as is their game and did so successfully. However, Craig Berube and the Flyers refused to just roll over and die, and wanted to end the streak of losses at MSG. So the play for most of the period went back and forth with a slight edge towards the Flyers. Even though they were being dominated offensively the Rangers found a goal as Derek Dorsett put a backhand rebound past Steve Mason to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Flyers tried desperately to equalize the score but Henrik Lundqvist made some very tough saves to keep them off the board. Both teams had power play opportunities that they failed to capitalize on and the Rangers went into the first intermission leading 1-0 but being out shot 15-6 by the Flyers.
SECOND PERIOD: The Rangers come into this period hoping to gain a little bit of an edge offensively against their division-rivals and increase their lead. Much to the chagrin of the Flyers and their fans, that is exactly what the Rangers did. They got some offensive help by their number one defenseman Ryan McDonagh who increased the lead to 2-0 with a little more than five minutes gone by in the period. However, the Flyers also had their fair share of offense and Lundqvist was equal to every task, he made some spectacular saves to keep the Rangers in the game. However, the Rangers offense is not to discredit the Flyers goaltender Mason who also made some very good saves to try to keep his team in it. However, the Flyers efforts this period proved futile as the Rangers led 2-0 at the end of this period, they led 17-10 in shots for the period, but were down 25-23 at this point of the game. No penalties had been taken this period which is uncharacteristic of a Rangers-Flyers game.
THIRD PERIOD: All the Rangers had to do this period was come out and keep the momentum. With not even two minutes gone by in the period McDonagh and Jakub Voracek both took penalties, McDonagh for tripping Voracek for embellishment and in the following 4 on 4 no goals were scored. The play between the Rangers and the Flyers this period was back and forth but was not very physical, especially not for a game from such a heated rivalry with this much meaning to it. However with about 12 minutes left in the period Dominic Moore tipped in a goal off of a shot by Kevin Klein that leaked through Mason and increased the lead to 3-0. After much desperation by the Flyers they finally notched a goal and took away Lundqvist’s shutout bid when Voracek ripped a shot over the goaltender’s shoulder and made the scoreboard say 3-1. The Rangers went on to increase their winning streak to five games and achieve a three-point lead over the Flyers for second place in the division. The Flyers outshot the Rangers 31-29.