New York Rangers: Third Period Rally Gets Them an Earned Point
The New York Rangers' third period comeback got them a point in the standings but that still wasn't enough as the Philadelphia Flyers won in a shootout 4-3.
"It's a valuable point, every point is," said Tom Renney after the game. "We had to battle through some personnel issues, obviously. But we have to be careful that we don't just accept the way we played tonight, because we were not particularly tidy in our game."
Through two periods of play down 2-0, the Rangers never lost their composure and kept on battling. Half way through the third period, Jaromir Jagr set up Marek Malik with a perfect pass to get the Rangers on the board.
Malik sailed a wrist shot from the left point through Flyers' Martin Biron to make it a 2-1 game.
A minute and forty-eight seconds later, Nigel Dawes scored to tie it up at two. Dawes took a one-timer pass from Christian Backman which went through Birons' five-hole.
But with less than four minutes in the game the Flyers regained the lead 3-2 with a wrist shot in the crease from Danny Briere. His second goal of the night gave the Rangers little chance to tie it back up with only 3:37 left to play.
With time as the factor, The Rangers kept on coming and tied the game with a backhander from Jagr.
Jagr found the loose puck and somehow sent a bad angle backhander that deflected off of Flyers Jason Smith for a goal which sent to game to overtime.
A minute and thirteen seconds into overtime, the ref called a terrible penalty on Marc Staal.
The Rangers did manage to kill off the Flyers sixth and final power play of the night. The Rangers got a power play with 36 seconds left in overtime but couldn't connect as they failed on three power plays through out the game
Stephen Valiquette, who was phenomenal in the first two periods, couldn't hold off the Flyers in the shootout.
The Rangers lost the game and lost a valuable point in the standings.
The Rangers lost more than just one point. They lost Scott Gomez who crashed hard into the boards in the first period.
"It’s just an upper-body injury, and I don’t know how long upper bodies take to heal." Gomez said.
Gomez had a smile on his face when he answered the question about the status of his injury that made him sit out for the rest of the game. We still don't know what the injury is but we do hope it’s just a bad bruise.
The Rangers were very fortunate to come out of tonight's game with one point.
The Flyers two goals were scored on two bad turnovers by the Rangers.
The only positive things to come out of tonight's game was the Rangers penalty killing and their hard work comeback in the third to tie the game at three.
The Rangers now have 88 points and are still holding that sixth spot in the eastern conference, one point behind the fifth place Senators.
The Rangers have three days to rest and to correct their problems before the Flyers roll into the Garden for their last meeting of the season.
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