Biron Continues His No. One Claim, Stops Rangers 4-2

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IMarch 14, 2009

In another statement game for Flyers goaltender, Martin Biron stopped 39 shots and stood on his head to lead his team over the New York Rangers 4-2 at the Wachovia Center Saturday afternoon.

The Flyers did everything they had to do to win a hockey game.

They had all four lines contributing effectively, while scoring all their goals on even strength.

The Flyers goal scorers were from three different lines.

Scott Hartnell lit the lamp in the first period, captain Mike Richards tallied the only second period goal and Arron Asham scored both of his goals in the third period.

“That’s how you have to play in a game like this. You’ve got to get people to the net, and pay the price. We did that today,” Richards said.

"I think that's exactly what you need this time of the year," coach John Stevens said. "It starts with your goalie and I thought Marty was terrific.

The story of the game was obviously the Flyers goaltender.

Biron stopped 39 out 41 shots the division rival Rangers.

In his last five appearances, Biron has a 1.73 goals-against average and .948 save percentage, and is 7-3-0 in his last 11 appearances in net, posting a 2.09 GAA and a .941 save percentage.

"I thought it was his best performance of the year. You get in a situation when he's forced to make a couple of great saves, and he did, and it allows us to regroup and it gives your team confidence. And I think its coming at the most opportune time."

Biron later agreed with his coach about today possibly being his best game of the year.

"You know, it felt like that," he said. "It felt like I was reacting quick on the puck and that's why we won. Funny enough, yesterday at practice, we played a game that everybody plays around the league but hadn't played a lot of this year—a rebound game on the ice. Good thing, because it was all about quick rebounds around the net."

"I knew he was going to be good today when he made that big save (on Zherdev)," Simon Gagne said on the performance of his goaltender. "When I saw that, I said, 'Wow, Marty's back."

“He kept us ahead in the second period when I took a couple of penalties. He’s starting to find his consistency a little bit better. He’s shown us lately what he can do when he plays like that. He definitely did last year," Richards said of Biron.

Even though Antero Niittymaki is scheduled to start tomorrow afternoon at Madison Square Garden, do not be surprised to see Marty Biron back between the pipes.

Flyers captain Mike Richards extended his point-scoring streak to six straight games (3G,5A). Richards has posted at least a point in 11 of his last 13 games for 19-points (8G,11A).

Scott Hartnell set a career high for himself when he scored his 25th goal of the season.