Flyers 4, Rangers 3: Outplayed Flyers come away victorious against Rangers

Updated: March 22, 2018 at 9:47 pm by John Gove

March has not been what the Flyers had hoped it would be. Desperate for a win, Philadelphia welcomed the rival New York Rangers to the Wells Fargo Center for a showdown on Thursday night.

First Period

The opening period moved along with the Rangers receiving most of the early chances. However, Philadelphia picked things up as the halfway point approached. Travis Konecny put the Flyers on the board first with his 21st goal of the season. Andrew MacDonald and Claude Giroux were credited with the assists.

Unfortunately, the orange and black could not hold onto the lead for the period’s entirety. Mika Zibanejad scored his 26th goal of the season 13:53 into the period to even the score up at one. Jesper Fast and Neal Pionk recorded points on the play with assists.

As the final horn of the period sounded, the teams entered the locker room all tied up at one goal apiece. The Flyers outshot the Rangers 15 to eight but ran into a hot goaltender in Alexander Georgiev.

Second Period

Just under four minutes into the middle period, the game was given a little four-on-four action, and the Flyers were able to take advantage. Jakub Voracek flew through the opposition like a bat out of hell and put the puck in the back of the net for his 19th goal of the year. Giroux recorded his second assist of the night and his 63rd of the season. Travis Sanheim was also awarded an assist on the tally.

About five minutes later, Konecny would double the Flyers lead, potting his second goal of the game. Philadelphia appeared to be gaining control of the contest after looking like they might allow the Rangers to stick around and give them a fit. Radko Gudas and Giroux were credited with the assist, giving Giroux three on the night.

As the second period dwindled down to its final minutes, the Rangers began to show some life. Fast cut the Flyers lead in half with his 12th goal of the year. After 40 minutes of play, the two teams entered the second intermission with Philadelphia enjoying a 3-2 lead.

Third Period

It did not take long for the Flyers to increase their lead in the third period; only eight seconds to be exact. Oskar Lindblom put in his second goal of the year to give Philadelphia a 4-2 lead. Nolan Patrick and Voracek posted the assists on the play. Voracek’s assist was his 62nd of the season.

Much to the dismay of the Flyers and the home crowd, New York lead cut the lead back down to one goal with Fast’s second of the game just 1:28 into the final twenty minutes. The Rangers then gained control of the period, but Alex Lyon demonstrated some fantastic talent in net keeping his team in the lead as time continued to tick away.

Luckily, the Flyers were able to hold on and leave the Wells Fargo Center with a 4-3 victory over the Rangers.

Final Thoughts

The month of March has not been kind to the Flyers. A lot of that has to do with how difficult the schedule has been. Thursday night’s contest against the Rangers was one of the easier matchups of the month which meant Philadelphia had to come away with a win. It sure wasn’t always pretty, and it could be argued that the Flyers were outplayed for a good portion of the game. However, all that matters was that the orange and black secured two points, which is exactly what happened.

The Flyers will get two days off and then take on their in-state rivals, the Penguins, in Pittsburgh for a Sunday afternoon showdown.

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