Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 3, Flyers 2
By Katie Strang
What it means: The Rangers got their first win under new coach Alain Vigneault as they topped the Flyers 3-2 Tuesday night in Philadelphia, and Derick Brassard appears poised to pick up where he left off from last season. After scoring a goal of his own in the second period, the 25-year-old center picked up an assist on Benoit Pouliot’s third-period marker to finish with two points (1 goal, 1 assist) on the night.
Sweet set up: Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello made the pass of the night with a beautiful feed from behind the net right to Brassard’s tape. Brassard roofed it from the right circle just 1:10 into the second period to beat Flyers goaltender Steve Mason and give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
Goalie change: It was a slow night for Martin Biron, who faced only six shots. He was replaced midway through the second by Cam Talbot, who surrendered a goal just over two minutes after the goaltending change when Max Talbot beat him high-glove off a left-wing rush in the second period.
Powe gets a piece: With the game tied at 1 and less than a minute remaining in the second period, Darroll Powe deflected Andrew Yogan’s shot for a 2-1 Rangers lead. Powe was one of three players playing back-to-back games.
Long road ahead: The Rangers leave Friday for a trip out west that includes stops in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Las Vegas (versus Los Angeles). The road doesn’t get any easier after that. Because of renovations at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers open with their first nine games on the road. They do not return for their home opener until Oct. 28.
Tough night on D:Dylan McIlrath was on the ice for both Flyers’ goals Tuesday night, a difficult night for the 21-year-old defensive prospect. Sean Couturier capitalized on a turnover, tying the game from the crease, 2-2, at 2:28 of the third period.