Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/24/13
PHILADELPHIA -- Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek scored goals, Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 18 shots and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Rangers 2-1 to prevent the first 0-4 start in franchise history and snap an eight-game losing streak against their rivals. Bryzgalov made two crucial saves when the Rangers were on a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:55 in the third period. He stoned Derek Stepan and Rick Nash to preserve a one-goal lead. The Flyers hadn't beaten the Rangers since Feb. 20, 2011. It was their second-longest losing streak to New York. They lost 13 straight to the Rangers from November 1971 to December 1973. Taylor Pyatt scored a goal for the third consecutive game for New York, which fell to 1-3. The Flyers took just their second lead of the season when Simmonds scored on a deflection with 8:07 left in second period. Nicklas Grossmann fired a shot from the left wing that traveled through several defenders, hit Simmonds in front of the crease and trickled past goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Four minutes later, Voracek's power-play goal made it 2-0. Claude Giroux ripped a shot that missed wide, but the puck bounced hard off the boards. Simmonds and Sean Couturier Two players took whacks at it and Voracek stuffed it in for Philadelphia's second goal on a power play in 17 tries. The Rangers got within 2-1 on a power-play opportunity less than two minutes into the third period. Marian Gaborik made a perfect crossing pass to the left side of the net, where Pyatt one-timed it into an open net. After a double-minor for high-sticking on Tye McGinn and a hooking penalty on Grossmann put the Flyers two men down, their penalty-killing unit took over. Led by Couturier, Max Talbot and Ruslan Fedotenko, they kept the Rangers off the board for four minutes and earned a loud ovation. McGinn, in his first NHL fight, roughed up Kris Newbury in the second period. McGinn landed several punches to Newbury's head, though he didn't knock him down. The heavyweight battle riled up the crowd, which hasn't had much to cheer a week into the season. NOTES: The Flyers will be without All-Star forward Scott Hartnell for up to two months. Hartnell broke the first metatarsal in his left foot on a shot by teammate Kimmo Timonen on Tuesday night. Hartnell led the Flyers with 37 goals last season. The team is expected to sign veteran forward Mike Knuble. ... Danny Briere missed his fourth game because of a wrist injury. He could return to the Flyers next week. ... Flyers center Brayden Schenn sat out a one-game suspension for a hit on New Jersey's Anton Volchenkov in Tuesday's game. ... Tom Sestito made his season debut for Philadelphia and got into a fight with Stu Bickel just a few minutes into the first period. ... Rangers forward Arron Asham missed his second consecutive game with a groin injury. ... New York swept Philadelphia 6-0 last year for the second time in the long rivalry. The previous time was in 1971-72.
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