Flyers Notes: Voracek: 'We are due' to win in New York

Posted: April 14, 2014

PITTSBURGH - The Flyers know the numbers: They have lost eight straight to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden since 2011.

"It's a good thing we are due," winger Jake Voracek said after scoring two goals, including his career-high 23d of the season, in the Flyers' 4-3 overtime win Saturday in Pittsburgh. The victory means the Flyers will face the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. "It's going to be an exciting series. . . . There are going to be a lot of emotions there."

The Flyers and Rangers split their four games this season, with each winning twice on home ice.

The Rangers are a "really fast team, and it's going to be a good challenge for us," said Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who equaled his career best with his team-high 28th goal, one more than teammate Wayne Simmonds. "I think starting in their building, it'll be key for us to play our best hockey right away.

"Obviously, we know they have a good goalie and defense," Giroux added. "They kind of look like us a little bit, as a complete team."

The Flyers scored just eight goals, none by Giroux, in the four games against the Rangers. No Flyer had more than one goal in the series.

In the season series, New York's Chris Kreider, who is recovering from left-hand surgery and not expected to play in the first round, led both teams with four points in three games, including two goals.

War of words

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma criticized Flyers winger Scott Hartnell for going after Kris Letang in the third period, saying it was "a guy picking on a guy who had a stroke."

"Then he shouldn't play," Flyers coach Craig Berube said of Letang. "It's a stupid comment."

Later, Bylsma backtracked and said he was joking when he made the comment.

Roster move

The Flyers recalled goalie Cal Heeter and forward Jason Akeson from the Phantoms.

Flyers Notes: Flyers-Rangers Season Series

The Flyers and their first-round playoff opponents, the Rangers, split their regular-season series, 2-2. Here are the scores of those games.

(Home team in bold.)

Oct. 24: Flyers 2, Rangers 1.

Jan. 12: Rangers 4, Flyers 1.

March 1: Flyers 4, Rangers 2.

March 26: Rangers 3, Flyers 1.

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