Coming off a brutal loss to one Pennsylvanian rival, the New York Rangers had something very specific on their Black Friday shopping list…a bounce back win against another.
The Rangers (15-6-1) were able to beat the crowds and get just what they needed, securing a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in the rivals’ first matchup of the season.
Participating in the NHL’s Black Friday matinee showcase, the Rangers got off to a winning start on their post-Thanksgiving slate, scoring the first three goals of the game en route to victory. While the first period featured typical Rangers-Flyers shenanigans, two fights as Brandon Pirri fought Travis Konecny (who also received a 10 minute misconduct and two extra minutes for instigation) and Chris Kreider engaged with Brandon Manning, Rangers new and old contributed to the cause with goals by Derek Stepan and then Matt Puempel, playing his first game as a Ranger.
In the second period, Kevin Hayes became the second Ranger to enter double figures in goals, as he tallied his 10th goal of the season off an assist from Nick Holden.
Philadelphia threatened for the remainder of the game, as their furious home crowd
egged them on. Chris VandeVelde scored in the second minute of the final frame and Shayne Gostisbehere scored in the latter stages, but the Flyers were otherwise stymied by Henrik Lundqvist. Coming off a performance in which he was pulled, giving up four of six goals allowed in Wednesday’s loss to the Penguins, Lundqvist held strong in a final frame in which the Rangers were outshot 21-8. Lundqvist would stop 40 shots by the Flyers (9-10-3) on the afternoon, and the Rangers picked up the win on holiday weekend.
The two teams next meeting in this, the Flyers’ 50th anniversary season, will take place on January 4.
Following the Flyers win, the Rangers will now return home to take on the Ottawa Senators (7:00, MSG).