New York Rangers Continue Their Philadelphia Woes

Matt AmlingContributor INovember 5, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 11:  Brandon Prust #8 of the New York Rangers skates against Kimmo Timonen #44 of the Philadelphia Flyers on April 11, 2010 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Rangers 2-1 after a shootout. The victory clinched a playoff berth for Philadelphia.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The New York Rangers were in Philadelphia for the first time since last year's devastating shootout loss to end the season. Unfortunately, the Rangers left town with the same result.

The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Rangers 4-1 Thursday night behind the play of rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Bobrovsky made his fifth straight start Thursday and won his fifth consecutive game for the Flyers. Bobrovsky allowed one goal on 21 shots on route to the Philadelphia's fifth straight victory.

The Rangers opened up the scoring when Brandon Dubinsky scored a power-play goal in the beginning of the second period. That's all the Rangers would get though, as Mike Richards answered with a goal of his own over Henrik Lundqvist's left shoulder. 

Philadelphia also received contributions from former Rangers Nikolai Zherdev and Blair Betts. Betts scored the Flyers' second goal of the game when he cashed in on Rangers' defenseman Michael Delzotto's miscue. Zherdev then put in a shot from the corner boards that squeaked past Lundqvist and the post. 

Philadelphia defenseman Chris Pronger closed the scoring with a power play goal at the 3:07 mark of the third period. 

The game had all the intensity of a classic New York and Philadelphia game. That was demonstrated on the second shift of the game when Rangers' forward Derek Boogard dropped the gloves with former Ranger Jody Shelley. Tempers also flared later when the Flyers' Daniel Carcillo sent Ruslan Fedotenko to the ice on a clear elbow from Carcillo. 

The Flyers next game is Saturday night in Long Island against the New York Islanders. The Rangers are back at it tomorrow when they square off against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.