NY Rangers 3, Philadelphia 2

Monday, January 2, 2012 3:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
NY Rangers 24-9-1-3 11-3-0-2 13-6-1-1 W2
Philadelphia 22-11-2-2 8-6-1-1 14-5-1-1 L1


Brad Richards scored to snap a tie and Henrik Lundqvist denied Daniel Briere on a penalty shot in the waning moments of the third period as the New York Rangers emerged victorious in the Winter Classic with a 3-2 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.
Michael Rupp tallied twice and defenseman Marc Staal made his season debut after being sidelined with a concussion for New York, which has won seven of its last eight games to secure a four-point lead in the Atlantic Division. The Rangers have won all three meetings between the rivals this season, while the Flyers fell to 0-2 in Winter Classics. They were defeated by the Boston Bruins at Fenway Park in 2010.
Rupp, who played with Pittsburgh in last year's Winter Classic, scored his second goal to level the contest at 2:41 of the third period. Richards then gave New York its first lead nearly three minutes later.
Captain Ryan Callahan worked the puck behind the net before feeding Brandon Dubinsky, who shoveled a shot which caromed off Sergei Bobrovsky and right to Richards on the doorstep. The offseason acquisition made no mistake and deposited the puck into the net for his 14th goal of the season and second in as many games.
Lundqvist, who turned aside 33 shots, kept the Flyers at bay - highlighted by closing his pads on Briere's bid to tie the game on a penalty shot with 19.6 seconds left.

The Flyers lost more than the game. Forward Jaromir Jagr suffered an undisclosed leg injury in the second period and was scarcely used over the final 40 minutes. He finished scoreless in just over seven minutes of ice time.

Citizens Bank Park, which is home to the Phillies, was filled to capacity with 46,967 screaming fans who were waiting for something to cheer. After nearly 32 1/2 minutes of scoreless play, the teams obliged by combining for three goals in 2:25.
After rookie Brayden Schenn cleaned up the rebound following a soft shot from defenseman Matt Carle, Claude Giroux doubled the advantage just under two minutes later after accepting Max Talbot's centering feed and backhanding the puck past Lundqvist. The goal was Giroux's team-leading 18th goal of the season.
Rupp trimmed the deficit back to one just 30 seconds later after he used defenseman Andrej Meszaros as a screen and beat Bobrovsky from the high slot. Rupp then mocked Jagr by offering a salute, which brought about boos from the Philadelphia faithful and a warning from Scott Hartnell in between periods.
Bobrovsky finished with 30 saves for Philadelphia, which has lost five of its last seven - including a 4-2 setback against the Rangers on Dec. 23.

Top Game Performances

NY Rangers   Philadelphia
Mike Rupp 2 Points Claude Giroux 1
Mike Rupp 2 Goals Claude Giroux 1
John Mitchell 2 Assists Matt Carle 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Henrik Lundqvist .944 Save Percentage Sergei Bobrovsky .909
Henrik Lundqvist 34 Saves Sergei Bobrovsky 30

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Rangers 33 3 0-1 2-2 6 29
Philadelphia 36 2 0-2 1-1 16 37

Upcoming Games

  • Philadelphia will play its next game at home against Chicago. The Flyers have a W/L % of .545 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • NY Rangers will play its next game at home against Florida. The Rangers have a W/L % of .739 after a win and .500 after a loss.
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