Flyers beat Rangers 2-1 for 1st win of the season

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2013 at 10:03 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013
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The Flyers, though, needed more scoring after tallying only three goals in the first three games. They scored twice in the second period.

Grossmann's shot from the point knocked off a couple of Rangers before Simmonds deflected the puck into the net. Simmonds' goal was briefly under review, but the call stood.

Just about every Flyers player touched the puck on a scrum in front of the net. Simmonds and Sean Couturier helped keep the puck alive before Voracek poked it in from the crease for the 2-0 lead.

The Flyers finally had something to show after they came up empty in an 11-shot first period. Lundqvist kept the shutout going early in the second when he snared Braydon Coburn's slapper from the high slot. But two goals were enough, and Bryzgalov had a stout night.

Taylor Pyatt scored a power-play goal for the Rangers earlier in the third. It was New York's second game in two nights after beating Boston in overtime Wednesday. The Rangers' failure to score with a two-man advantage doomed them.

"We were doing a good job of getting people in shooting lanes, and Bryzgalov made some good saves, but the chances that we did have, we've got to find a way to capitalize on," Pyatt said.

While Pyatt has three goals already, the Rangers need more from the top line of Gaborik, Brad Richards and Rick Nash.

Gaborik had a hat trick Wednesday in the trio's first game together.

"We're not getting enough good plays from our top guys," coach John Tortorella said. "From some guys, yeah, we're getting a good level. From others, absolutely not. We have to decide, consistently as a group, how we want to play. I thought we got some good shifts, but our top guys, Gabby, Richards, Nasher, just have to get going more."

Notes: 76ers G Jrue Holiday, wearing a Flyers stocking cap, was at the game. He was chosen as an Eastern Conference All-Star on Thursday and received a warm ovation when he was introduced to the crowd. ... The Rangers' win over Boston on Wednesday night was watched by 956,000 viewers on NBC Sports Network, making it the most-watched NHL regular-season game on any cable station in 11 years. ... Knuble played in 310 games over four seasons with the Flyers. He last played for Washington and played a game this week in the AHL. "I think he's a good guy to throw in our mix right now with our injuries," Holmgren said. ... Flyers D Andrej Meszaros left with a shoulder injury.