The Rangers and Flyers met at the Wells Fargo Center for the second of four meetings this season. Before the game there were a flurry of roster moves: Roman Lyubimov was sent to the AHL and Mark Alt was activated from season opening injured reserve. This is a paper move as Alt will be on waivers for the AHL tomorrow.
The first period was filled with many shots and chances, and both goaltenders being up to the task. Henrik Lundqvist solely killed off a 90 second Flyers powerplay that came about after the Rangers nullified their own man advantage with a hooking call.
In the second period, the Rangers would get on the board when Kevin Hayes beat Steve Mason after Brandon Manning made an ill-timed pinch in the offensive zone leading to an odd-man rush against. Lundqvist continued to be a brick wall.
In the third, the Rangers showed no signs of fatigue. Chris Kreider and Michael Grabner scored early to push the Rangers up 3-0. However, a powerplay after the third goal led to Jake Voracek getting the Flyers on the board as he banked one off a Ranger’s defender. Less than two minutes later, Kevin Hayes got the goal back to make it 4-1. In the dying minutes, Voracek gave the Flyers another small breath of hope with his second goal of the game.
This breath was extinguished moments later when Michael Grabner hit the empty net. Tempers would flare as time expired as Brayden Schenn and Adam Clendening had to be pulled part with about 5 seconds left. As the officials separated the players and everyone on both teams ignored the puck, the game clock expired with the 5-2 final.
The Flyers play again on Saturday, hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning.