Lundqvist denies Flyers as Rangers prevail

Posted: January 29, 2013

NEW YORK - The Flyers swarmed the New York Rangers' end for a good part of Tuesday night's electric third period at an earsplitting Madison Square Garden.

One problem: Henrik Lundqvist.

The standout goalie has struggled early in the season, but he regained his form Tuesday as the Rangers outlasted the Flyers, 2-1.

Lundqvist made 10 of his 26 saves on Danny Briere.

"I had a couple good chances - but it's Lundqviust [in goal]," Briere said with a shrug. "On most goalies, it would have been a two- or three-goal night. It happens. I'm going to keep shooting. It's not good for my shooting percentage, but I'm going to keep shooting."

The Flyers, who played with better discipline (three minor penalties), wasted another superb performance from goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

"It's frustrating," said Bryzgalov, whose team has scored a total of five goals in its five losses. "I don't know what else to say."

Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, sounded furious Monday when he talked about a certain aspect of his team's game.

"We better damn get our special teams straightened out or we're in trouble," he bristled.

Well, after struggling in the first two periods Tuesday, the Flyers' power play finally showed some signs of life in the last 20 minutes.

Too late.

A squandered five-on-three opportunity came back to haunt the Flyers.

"We'll have to look at what we can do, what we can change," Briere said. "Sometimes it's just get back to the basics. Crash the net."

The Flyers (2-5) got too cute with their passing on a two-man advantage that lasted 1 minute, 17 seconds midway through the second period, managing just one shot. That made the Flyers just 4 for 34 (11.8 percent) on the power play through the first seven games.

"Lots of zone time and puck movement, but not the opportunities we're looking for," coach Peter Laviolette said.

It was the Flyers who killed a five-on-three last Thursday to key their 2-1 win over the Rangers.

Yes, they miss the injured Scott Hartnell, who had 16 power-play goals last season.

A couple of minutes after the failed five-on-three, Ryan Callahan scored on a rebound on a power play, giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead with 8:29 to go in the second period. It also made opponents 10 for 31 (32.3 percent) against the Flyers while on the power play.

"That's what it's all about in today's game - special teams - because five-on-five, it's hard as hell to score nowadays," Snider said.

The Flyers, who have lost nine of their last 10 games against New York, got to within 2-1 when Kimmo Timonen scored on a power-play blast from the high slot with 12:51 left.

The Rangers looked like a much fresher team than the one that lost to the Flyers last week.

This time, they were not playing their second game in as many nights, as they were in Thursday's loss at the Wells Fargo Center.

With Brian Boyle setting a screen in front, Michael Del Zotto scored on a point shot to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead 1:57 into the game.

New York (3-3) had a 2-0 lead when Max Talbot yanked Callahan to the ice and the Rangers' captain appeared to injure his left shoulder with 15:18 left in the game. Talbot, seeing that Callahan was injured, let up and waved to the Rangers' bench for medical attention.


Contact Sam Carchidi at  scarchidi@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @BroadStBull.

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