It’s always sunny in Philadelphia, but it hasn’t been sunny at for the New York Rangers over recent times at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers will again seek out their first win since February 21 at MSG tonight, when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers (7:30, NBCSN).
The Rangers (46-26-6) missed an opportunity to do so on Friday night, though they did pull off a multi-goal comeback to earn a point for the second game in a row, falling in overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins by a 4-3 final. The Rangers fell behind 3-1 in the third period, but earned goals by Rick Nash and Chris Kreider to send the game into an extra period. However, Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby in the ensuing shootout handed the Rangers their seventh loss of any kind over the past nine games, picking a bad time for their first consistent stretch of losing for the year, as they have four games until the playoffs begin.
Meanwhile the Flyers (38-32-8) are on their last legs when it comes to the playoffs, currently six points behind Boston, the holder of the final Eastern wild card, with four games to go. They stayed alive with a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils at Wells Fargo Center. Brayden Schenn and Colin McDonald each had goals for Philadelphia in the first period, which featured a scary moment when Michael Neuvirth collapsed. Neuvirth, who was relieved by Anthony Stolarz for a shared shutout, was awake and alert when he was stretchered off the ice, and was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. He gave a thumbs-up to the fans as he left and was released from the hospital earlier today.
This will be the fourth and final meeting between the Rangers and Flyers this season, with the Rangers having taken two of the three games thus far. Philadelphia took the last meeting 2-0 at Wells Fargo, with Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek scoring third period goals for the Flyers. The last meeting at MSG was a Black Friday showdown, a 3-2 Rangers win. Matt Puempel, Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes scored the Rangers goals.