Flyers Defeat Rangers 2-1 for First Win of Season

The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers 2-1 for their first victory of 2013 in front of a packed house at the Wells Fargo Center.With the help of Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek, the Philadelphia Flyers went on to defeat the New York Rangers 2-1 on Thursday night. In addition to beating the Rangers for the first time in two seasons, the Flyers avoided the first 0-4 start in franchise history.  The teams are both last in the Atlantic Division at 1-3.
At 11:53 of the second period, Wayne Simmonds struck first, earning his first goal of the season. Nicklas Grossmann and Matt Read got their first points of the season as well with assists on the goal. Jakub Voracek’s power play goal put the Flyers on top 2-0 at 15:54 of the second period when Kris Newbury was assessed an extra roughing minor after his fight with Tye McGinn. The fight set the tone for the game as the rookie in just his 2nd NHL game went toe-to-toe with Newbury and beat him down to the roar of the crowd. Simmonds got his 2nd point of the night with an assist on the goal along with Sean Couturier. Taylor Pyatt scored the only goal for the Rangers during a third period power play with an assist coming from Marian Gaborik.
Late in the 3rd period the Flyers were assessed two penalties quickly together. McGinn was checked down to the ice by Steve Nash but in the process his stick came up and caught Nash high giving McGinn a double minor for high sticking and the Rangers a 4 minute power play. Just 15 seconds later Grossmann got two for hooking and the Flyers were on a two-man disadvantage for 2 minutes plus the rest of the double minor. Ilya Bryzgalov made some tremendous saves and the Flyers penalty killing stepped up and was able to kill both penalties to the roar of the Wells Fargo Center for the first time really since the puck dropped against Pittsburgh last Saturday.
Bryzgalov did an amazing job for the Flyguys stopping 18 out of the 19 shots. The Flyers worked hard getting 33 shots on Henrik Lundqvist. The Bullies had shut down defense throughout the game and had very strong penalty kills.  The Jody ShelleyEric WellwoodTom Sestito line was very impressive as they had a lot of grit to their game.
The Flyers are dealing with a few injuries at the moment so  it is important for the new lines to find chemistry, which hasn’t been an issue so far. Scott Hartnell will be out indefinitely with a broken first metatarsal in his left foot, Danny Briere is out with a wrist injury and Zac Rinaldo with an injured leg. The Broad Street Bullies also lost Andrej Meszaros during the second period of tonight’s game due to an upper body injury. I see a bright future for the orange and black if they continue to play as well as they did last night!
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Megan Prendergast

Megan Prendergast is a 21 year old who lives and breathes Flyers hockey and is a season ticket holder when the NHL (hopefully) resumes. She loves the intensity of all Philadelphia sports and feels herself lucky to be apart of it. She works with children and loves their creativity. Turning young Penguins fans into Flyers fans makes her smile. You can follow Megan on Twitter @BroadStBeauty.