Rangers 5 (23-17-5, 51 PTS) vs Flyers 1 (20-16-8, 48 PTS)
With Shayne Gostisbehere and Taylor Leier being reinserted to the lineup, Philadelphia traveled up I-95 looking for their fifth straight victory. Despite taking an early lead, they weren’t to be heard from again as the Rangers scored five unanswered goals on their way to their 23rd win of the season.
It didn’t take long at all for the Flyers to continue their goal scoring hot streak, as they took an early lead off a deflection from Jordan Weal. It was his 6th goal of the season as he tipped home a shot from Radko Gudas that was certainly going to be wide of Henrik Lundqvist’s net. Weal did a tremendous job of getting inside position on Kevin Shattenkirk and left Lundqvist hopeless.
Nolan Patrick starts the play with a drop pass and then Weal deflects the Gudas shot to open the scoring! pic.twitter.com/QQ7Qvi9wvd
— Flyers Nation (@FlyersNation) January 17, 2018
Philadelphia’s early lead was extinguished just a few minutes later as Rick Nash beat Brian Elliot on a breakaway to tie the game at one just six and a half minutes into the game. A crisp breakout pass from Pavel Buchnevich hit Nash on his tape and he was in all alone on Elliot after he snuck in-between Radko Gudas and Brandon Manning undetected. From there, he made no mistake as the 33 year old still has some goal scoring prowess in the tank.
Buchnevich ➡️ Nash ➡️ Back of the 🥅 pic.twitter.com/7BhRVTqc6u
— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 17, 2018
With 3:10 to go before the first intermission, New York took their first lead of the game on the power play. J.T. Miller made the Flyers pay for Valteri Filppula’s ill advised interference call, as he tipped Ryan McDonagh’s point shot past Elliot for his 9th goal of the season.
The Flyers had a glorious chance right before Miller’s goal, as Lundqvist robbed Claude Giroux on a 2-on-1 just seconds before the Rangers took the lead. Paul Carey extended the Rangers lead to 2 goals with under ten seconds to play in the period. Carey sped past Manning at the blue line and beat Elliot up high. It was the first shorthanded goal for New York all season, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Flyers. Manning had a period to forget, as he got caught flat footed twice which resulted in two breakaway goals for the Rangers.
A strong start to the first period from the Flyers was entirely wiped away as they found themselves trailing after twenty minutes.
The Rangers extended their lead to 3 halfway through the period after Michael Grabner notched his 20th goal of the season. Philadelphia had just killed off a penalty and Jakub Voracek had just left the box and received the puck, he got handcuffed by it and was pick pocketed by Grabner who used his speed to blow by Provorov and beat Elliot with a wrist shot. Rick Nash tallied his 2nd of the night and the Rangers fifth of the game after he beat Elliot on the rush from the right circle. Certainly not a night to remember for Brian Elliot.
The night to forget quickly came to an end for Elliot, as he was replaced by Michal Neuvirth at the beginning of the 3rd period. Philadelphia had chances to chip into the Rangers lead during the final 20 minutes but were unable to put anything of substance on net. Lundqvist was far from troubled outside of a few opportunities this evening.
Brian Elliot was pulled at the beginning of the 3rd period, as he let up five goals on twenty one shots. It was a tough net for the 32 year old goaltender, as he faced multiple breakaways and defensive breakdowns throughout the night. Still, one would hope the goaltender would come up with a big save here and then to keep his team in the game.
Special teams truly did Philadelphia in once again tonight. They let up a goal while shorthanded, New Yorks first of the year and let their struggling power play notch a tally as well. The Flyers man advantage got shutout and the teams penalty kill continued it’s woes.
The Flyers have dropped seven of the last eight meetings with New York.
Flyers vs Maple Leafs
1/18/2018 @ 7:00 P.M.