James van Riemsdyk scored two power-play goals, including one that went in off his face, and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. Brian Elliott made 33 saves, and Ivan Provorov had two assists for the Flyers (21-18-7), who are sixth in the eight-team MassMutual East Division, three points behind the fifth-place Rangers and custom stickers cheap 11 points at the rear of the fourth-place Boston Bruins.
The top four teams Detroit Red Wings Iron On Transfers will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Rangers (23-18-6) lost their second straight game since a four-video game winning streak and fell eight points behind the Bruins, who defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Thursday. Brendan Smith and Artemi Panarin scored, and Igor Shesterkin made 33 saves for the Rangers, who perform the Flyers in the second game of the back-to-back set here Friday. Van Riemsdyk tied it 1-1 at 15:56 of the next period. Rangers defenseman K’Andre Miller deflected Travis Konecny’s shot, and the puck proceeded to go up and off the side of van Riemsdyk’s encounter and into the net. He immediately left for the locker room, didn’t return until after the third period had started, and was wearing a shield covering his jaw when he came back. Van Riemsdyk scored his second power-play goal at 10:29 of the third period on a net-front deflection of Provorov’s wrist shot from the point to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead. Miller was in the penalty box serving a four-minute double minor for high-sticking Sean Couturier. Jakub Voracek Batman DIY decals stickers increased the lead to 3-1 at 14:07.
Panarin made it 3-2 at 18:00 on a one-timer from the left point. New York is 4-9-6 in games decided by one goal. Smith gave NY a 1-0 lead at 9:55 of the first period. Philadelphia then had six power-play opportunities, including 3 in the second period and two on Miller’s double-minor in the third. Shesterkin stopped Joel Farabee on a penalty shot in 19:05 of the next period to keep the game tied 1-1. Libor Hajek hooked Farabee from behind while he was on a breakaway.