On the 50th anniversary of the Rangers’ first-ever game in the current and fourth version of Madison Square Garden against the Flyers, the two rivals squared off on Garden ice Sunday for a matinee.
The Rangers won on that day 50 years ago. On Sunday the Rangers fell to the Flyers, 7-4, losing their fourth straight game and for the 14th time in their last 19 games. Hopes of mounting a playoff push despite an imminent rebuild are fading fast.
After he was pulled early Saturday afternoon, Henrik Lundqvist on Sunday allowed seven goals, marking the fourth time in his career he’s surrendered at least seven goals in a game.
Claude Giroux’s goal at 9:23 of the third gave the Flyers the first two-goal lead of the game. Jori Lehtera added to Philly’s lead at 12:46.
The Rangers and Flyers engaged in an offense-filled matinee.
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This wasn’t crisp hockey but it certainly entertained, especially a first period which featured three fights and three goals apiece.
Kevin Hayes’ goal 1:30 into the game was matched by Andrew MacDonald more than three minutes later, a puck Henrik Lundqvist didn’t appear to see until it was too late.
Eight days before the trade deadline, Rick Nash potted his 18th goal of the season before Scott Laughton quickly equalized. Nash has nine goals in his last 15 games. After Brandon Manning put Philly ahead, Mats Zuccarello buried a Peter Holland feed on a two-on-one to make it 3-3.
The Rangers fought back throughout the first period, but the Flyers pulled away late.
Nolan Patrick scored 2:01 into the second, Peter Holland netted his first as a Ranger at 5:47 and Travis Konecny scored about 10 minutes later.
Konecny was on the receiving end of a big Pavel Buchnevich hit just moments after the game started, and Buchnevich ended up dropping the gloves with Shayne Gostisbehere 15 seconds in. Tony DeAngelo and Wayne Simmonds fought and Cody McLeod threw punches with Dale Weise.
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