Rangers down Flyers on the road; Kevin Klein potentially injured

Alexandra Russo

After a disappointing loss to the Islanders to start the road trip, the Rangers (24-15-5) won

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against the Flyers (19-15-8) in a shootout, the final score 3-2.

The Flyers came out fast. Kreider had a chance to drive to net, but Mason robbed him and left a long rebound. Braden Schenn received a pass in front of the net that he slipped past Lundqvist for the one goal lead.

Hayes had a breakaway chance but was denied as Mason kicked out the pads. A few minutes later, Nash retrieved the puck behind the net while Mason was out of place but sent the puck onto the opposition’s stick with an empty net in front. 

The Rangers had a power play opportunity soon after the goal but were unable to convert despite the good looks and three shots on goal.

Their second power play broke their second longest power play scoring drought since the NHL expansion. Lundqvist picked up an assist on JT Miller’s ninth goal of the season. Captain McDonagh made an outlet pass to Miller who one-timed it past Mason from left circle for a tie game.

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While the scoreboard didn’t prove it, the Rangers had the shot advantage in the period, 16 to 12 and drove hard to the net on many of their opportunities.

Poor defensive play by the Rangers led to two keep-ins and quite a few scoring chances. Lundqvist came up big for his team early in the second period, kicking the puck away with the pads.

The Blueshirts made up for their lacking defense by generating a great chance that turned into a goal. At the blueline, Stepan fed the puck to Nash, who saw Kreider on the left side. Chris Kreider finished the job with a beautiful tip in right in front of the net.

Both teams had quality scoring chances. The Flyers received a 4 on 3 that turned into a 5 on 4, but the Rangers did a great job killing it off.

The Flyers had another power play opportunity after they hit the crossbar and Stepan shot it over the glass. The Rangers proceeded to kill it, mainly because of Lundqvist’s outstanding saves.

Play heated up in the final five minutes of the middle period. Giroux nearly caught Lundqvist off guard with a sharp angle shot, but Lundqvist was able to recover in time. Then, the Rangers thought they cleared the puck far enough to make a line change, but a Flyers’ defenseman stole the puck from center ice. Thanks to Moore’s tight checking and the reaching pad of Lundqvist, the puck was barely kept out of the net as it nearly skimmed the goal post.

But the intensity didn’t decrease. It was the Rangers pushing it up this time in the dying seconds of the period. They generated some good chances and took the 2-1 lead into the third period.

Twenty seconds into the third period, Rick Nash took a snap shot from the point on a giveaway. Mason came up with a save for that one.

Evidently the ferocity from the previous period spilled into this one. The third period started with many chances for the Flyers.

The Rangers responded fast, though. They had a power play but didn’t get a shot on net due to the strong penalty killing by the Flyers.

The Flyers received a power play of their own, and they were able to score. Simmonds with his fourteenth goal of the season tied the game up at two on yet another pretty passing play in front of the net.

The Flyers had yet another opportunity to go up, but Lundqvist stopped them.

A heart-pounding, mind-racing game was headed to overtime. The Flyers had chances, especially Read, but Lundqvist robbed them again. The Rangers had their own chances, the best coming on a two on one with Zuccarello having the puck jump just over his stick.

Even with the Rangers having a ten second power play, no one scored in overtime. This intense rivalry was headed to a shootout.

Lundqvist was spectacular, not allowing any shootout goals. It was Zuccarello who scored the only goal of the shootout to lift his team to the road victory, snapping the Flyers’ home winning streak.

In the third period, Kevin Klein was struck square on the wrist with the puck, and immediately started gripping the stick with one hand. He headed to his locker room for a bit, and came back out to play some more. He did not see any ice time. His current status is unknown, and if he’s injured, Dylan McIlrath would come back into the lineup.

The Rangers battle the best team in the League tomorrow, the Capitals, and look to go 2-1-0 on this road trip. The game starts at 5, so don’t miss the action.

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