After being a healthy scratch in Atlanta, Sean Avery came out on fire against the Philadelphia Flyers. Scoring two big goals and helping the Rangers get a much need two points in the standings.
With the win the Rangers now only trial the eight place Boston Bruins by one point for the final playoff spot.
Playing like a team in need of points the Rangers put together back to back wins and were the better team in both games.
Flyers would have a good start to the game and open the scoring on a power play goal off of Danny Briere stick for a 1-0 Flyers lead just 4:13 into the game.
Two big saves by Lundqvist in the remainder of the first and the score would stay the same going into the first intermission.
The Rangers would pick up their play in the second period of play owing the shots on goal total, doubling the Flyers 12-6 but more important took a 2-1 lead into the locker room.
The two goals came on Avery's first of the game a back had and Michal Rozsival slap shot on the power play.
Rangers team defense played a very good well rounded game protecting their one goal lead but then Sean Avery would strike again with a quick unexpected wrist shot that surprised Flyers goalie M. Leighton. As the puck sailed in it gave the Rangers a much needed two goal cushion.
A couple of scrums the rest of the way including a second time around between Brandon Dubinsky and Mike Richards.
Big win for the Rangers who gained ground on the Flyers, Canadians and Bruins. The Rangers now trail the Canadians and Flyers by five points with a game in hand on Montreal. The two teams will face each other on Tuesday night and they will face Bruins next Sunday. Big games ahead that could make or break the season.
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