Henrik Lundqvist Makes History In Win Over Flyers

January 16, 2018  (9:46 PM)

"The Philadelphia Flyers got race back into the thick of things in the Eastern Conference playoff race with their four-game winning and had a chance to jump ahead of the New York Rangers in both the Metropolitan Division and wild card standings. Instead they laid an egg on Broadway despite an early goal in a 5-1 loss.
The Flyers got off to a fast start and scored the first goal of the game just 2:06 after the opening faceoff. Radko Gudas got a loose puck along the right dasher boards and quickly fired it towards the net. Gudas's shot appeared to be going wide when Jordan Weal got his stick out to redirect it past Henrik Lundqvist. Wayne Simmonds had the secondary assist on Weal's sixth goal of the season.
The Rangers were able to respond just four and a half minutes later as Pavel Buchnevich sprung Rick Nash on a breakaway by splitting Gudas and Brandon Manning and then beating Brian Elliott to the stick side.
The penalty kill woes continued with the Rangers scoring on their first power play at 16:50. Moments after Lunqvist denied Claude Giroux on a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush, J.T. Miller camped out in front of the net and redirected a point shot from Ryan McDonagh past Elliott.
Disaster struck with less than 10 seconds remaining in the first period while the Flyers were on a power play. Weal could not corral a pass along the left boards and this time Peter Holland sprung Paul Carey on a breakaway where he beat Elliott to the glove side for the Rangers first shorthanded goal of the season.
Michael Grabner scored his 20th goal of the year to increase the lead to 4-1 at the 10:48 mark of the second period. Grabner stole the puck from Jakub Voracek, who just got out of the penalty box, in the neutral zone and then skated in on a partial breakaway where beat Elliott through the five-hole.
Nash struck again for his second goal of the night the Rangers second straight unassisted tally at 17:28. Nash skated up the right wing and the beat Elliott up high to the far corner to give New York a 5-1 lead.
In a move that probably should have been made earlier in the game, Michal Neuvirth relieved Elliott in the Flyers goal to start the third period. However, he did not see much action during a scoreless final period.
With the win, Lundqvist becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to win at least 20 games in each of his first 13 season in the league.
The Flyers are now off until Thursday night when they return to the Well Fargo center to host the Toronto Maple Leafs. "

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