It took about a period for the New York Rangers to fully enter the 2012 Winter Classic, but once they did they made sure to keep their foot on the gas, winning by a score of 3-2 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park.
The win against the Flyers was their seventh in eight games as well as their third win in three games played against Philly this year. It also gives them a more comfortable four-point cushion as the first place team in the Atlantic Division.
While the Rangers looked lethargic in the first period as the Flyers dominated play, they managed to head to the dressing room unscathed as the period ended with no score.
Philadelphia jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the second on goals by Brayden Schenn (his first NHL goal) and Claude Giroux, but fourth-liner Mike Rupp responded 30 seconds later to cut the lead to 2-1.
Rupp scored again in the third to tie the score at 2-2, setting the stage for Brad Richards’ eventual game-winning goal three minutes later.
Those are the basic details, but here are five specific reasons why it was New York that came out on top.