In an effort to lighten the mood during the lockout, The New York Rangers Blog will be writing faux recaps of every Rangers game missed due to the work stoppage. Enjoy.
PHILADELPHIA – One night after John Tortorella could be heard yelling at Glen Sather for signing Petr Nedved, Radek Dvorak and Jan Hlavac to tryout contracts after the coach felt signing 50 year old men took away playing time from others, normalcy returned to the Rangers lineup in the form of a 3-1 victory tonight over the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Rangers win came during Blair Betts appreciation night. Each fan who entered tonight's game was given a Blair Betts life-size poster. At the start of tonights game, the Flyers presented Betts with a plaque commemorating his 13 career goals with the Flyers and his #11 was raised to the rafters.
After a scoreless first period, the Rangers quickly got on the board to start the second when Derek Stepan found Chris Kreider streaking past Andreas Lilja for the 1-0 lead, just 82 seconds in. Ilya Bryzgalov, debuting his new astronaut themed goalie helmet, took to twitter immediately after the game to complain about the lackluster defense in front of him:
we replace Lilja with bear on skates
— notbryzgoalie30 (@notbryzgoalie30) June 21, 2012
Martin Biron made his first start of the preseason and was spectacular in two periods of action, stopping 18 Philadelphia shots including a penalty shot from Wayne Simmonds.
Cam Talbot replaced Biron to begin the third and gave up a goal on the first shot he faced. Scott Hartnell received a cross ice pass from Claude Giroux to tie the game at one, 20 seconds into the period.
Talbot settled in after allowing the early goal, stopping Philly on two consecutive power play opportunities. The Rangers regained the lead with 7 minutes remaining in regulation when Andrew Yogan, in the lineup due to Rick Nash's bad shoulder, took a pass from Carl Hagelin behind the net, beat Bryzgalov between the legs.
Brad Richards tallied the empty netter.
The Rangers power play remained abysmal, going 0 for 4 on the night, which included an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Scott Hartnell after a fight with Stu Bickel in the first period, when he did his Hulk Hogan pose near the Ranger bench drawing the ire of John Tortorella.
Torts still seemed to be in playoff mode with his post game press conferences keeping tonight's under 30 seconds. Torts gave credit to Talbot keeping the Rangers in the game until the Rangers scored the go ahead goal and referred to Hartnell as Raggedy Andy's long lost brother. As the coach walked away from the podium, he could be heard saying, "I guess everyday is Halloween for the guy."
The Rangers don't play again until next Thursday, when they visit the Islanders on Long Island.
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