Rangers fall in overtime to the Flyers

Alexandra Russo


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Despite their most recent hard fought comeback that left them one goal out of a tie game against the Devils Saturday night, the young Rangers have been doing well for themselves. With Lundqvist back in net and McDonagh back on defense, and Stepan and Nash up front, their preseason record fell to 2-1-1.

Lundqvist flashed the pads at the Flyers early into the game, as he showed his excitement to get back to the game and with team he loves. A few minutes later, Buchnevich received a pass from Hayes but was stopped by Mason on the two on one attempt.

Shortly after, the Flyers took a penalty. The Rangers power play, which they desperately want to improve upon, didn’t come up with a goal but had some good looks. Their best chance was a slap shot from the circle that got blocked in front.

The Flyers started coming on strong, hounding Lundqvist and barely missing the net on two quality chances. Nick Holden was solid defensively, showing his offensive capability in his defensive role. His pass to Nash just hopped over his stick, and the Flyers came back down the ice. Schenn was fed the puck from behind the net. In an attempt at trying to go top shelf on Lundqvist, he was denied as the netminder batted the puck out of the air before the Rangers defenseman cleared the zone.

The Rangers headed to their second power play of the game, and the home team definitely felt the pressure this time around. The Rangers kept the puck in the offensive zone, but with an all too familiar feel, didn’t seem to get a clear lane and refrained from shooting. And the game stayed scoreless.

Highly talked about Harvard graduate Jimmy Vesey was viciously hit into the boards by Gudas and immediately went down. After some fighting on the side and evaluation of the play, McIlrath was given five minutes for fighting, two for instigating, and a ten minute game misconduct. Gudas received a five minutes major penalty for boarding and a ten minute game misconduct.

Quite a way to end a period, might I add.

Joe Micheletti commented on Gudas’ hit before the second period started, saying, “It’s just stupid hockey… This is stupidity in a great game.” And he’s entirely right. Nothing required such a massive hit, especially in a preseason game.

It was the remainder of four on four hockey to start the second period, and the Rangers barely had a shot on goal on a three minute power play, a PP that had a strong start to this preseason.

A nice block by Vesey in front of Lundqvist showed the Flyers his resiliency in spite of taking a hard hit. However, LaPierre was about to be called for a hooking, and the Flyers scored the delayed call. Weal wristed a shot from the right circle as they had an extra man on the ice. Weal beat Lundqvist far side and gave his team a 1-0 lead.

Despite consistently being screened, Lundqvist came up with some good saves. But Alain Vigneault had only intended for him to play half the game. And in came Mackenzie Skapski…

A bad call by the referees gave the Rangers their first penalty kill of the night. The refs mistook Vesey’s stick for one of the Flyers’ sticks and gave Vesey the holding penalty. Then, Miller took a double minor shortly after. The Flyers converted on the 5 on 3 opportunity as the puck slid behind Skapski. At 11:20 Voracek was credited the goal, as Schenn received his second point of the night.

A mere 48 seconds later, the Flyers, still on the power play, capitalized on their man up situation as Konecny took advantage of a sprawled Skapski and just like that it was a three-nothing game.

Stepan came flying down the ice and fed Nash in front, but his deflection just skimmed the post. However, a few minutes later, JT Miller, with speed and patience, made a nifty pass to Ryan Graves, who got the Rangers on the scoreboard.

Yet another power play was awarded to the Rangers, and even though they didn’t score, they had some good looks. Mason stood tall, though, protecting his team’s lead.

Hrivick had a bad giveaway in front of the net early into the third period, but Skapski stopped him with the stick.

After that minor mishap, the Rangers came out battling strong. A hard hit by Dylan McIlrath allowed his team to clear the zone and they came down the other way. After quite a few good looks, a giveaway from behind the net put the puck directly on Brandon Pirri’s stick. He waited for a split second before ripping it past Mason for a one goal game.

Rick Nash took a hooking penalty, but the Rangers were able to kill this one off. The difference? They kept them to the outside and didn’t give them any open lanes.

A great passing play between Hayes and Miller nearly tied the game, but Mason was sharp.

And as the game went back and forth, the Rangers went on the power play again, this time getting an array of shots on Mason. The Rangers got really lucky on this next play. It was a giveaway by Mason behind the net that went directly on the stick of Derek Stepan, who fed Jimmy Vesey in front. Vesey easily put the puck past an out of place Mason for a tie game.

Inside the final five minutes of the game, the teams went back and forth, trading chances, but at the end, it was tied.

Less than a minute into overtime, Voracek slipped one past Skapski for the overtime winner.

Mason finished the game with 19 saves, and the Flyers got the win. Overall, it was a great comeback by the Rangers, being down 3-0 and coming back all the way. This has been a comeback team for quite some time now, and it remains that way, even with many young players on the ice.

Their next matchup is tomorrow night at the Barclay’s Center against their arch enemies, the Islanders. Catch it on MSG at 7 o’clock.

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