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The New York Rangers score late and force overtime to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers, and defenseman Dylan Mcilrath continues to impress.

By Steven Cifuentes

The New York Rangers won tonight’s preseason tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2, and as a result one player has cemented his spot come the start of the regular season.

Dylan McIlrath has played a steady hard nosed game all preseason and has looked like all the work down in the minors with coach Jeff Beukeboom has done wonders. When ever McIlrath was given a shot to play with the big boys his lack speed and positioning exposed his weaknesses. This preseason he’s looked like he fits right in.

McIlrath is starting to make a hard decision a little easier for Alain Vigneault and it appears that the Rangers will either cut Raphael Diaz or keep eight defenseman to start the regular season. Parting ways with Tanner Glass would allow the Rangers to keep eight defenseman.

The Rangers started the game fast and dominated the first period out shooting the Flyers 16-5 but ended up down one after one period as Flyers goalie Steve Mason was up to the task.  Former New York Islander Mark Streit opened the scoring after a penalty kill to stake the Flyers to a 1-0 lead.

In the second the Flyers Wayne Simmonds took advantage of a bad penalty call to take a 2-0 lead and Mason continued to do his best Patrick Roy impression and keep the Rangers off the board.

The Rangers finally solved Mason early in the third to give Madison Square Garden some life on a Dan Giradi goal to keep the blue shirts in the game. 

What would a Flyers Rangers game be without a little scuffle near the end as the Rangers were given a power play with five minutes left as a result of Chris Krieder and Simmonds meeting up at center ice.

Kevin Hayes came a post away from tying the game during the power play, but after going 0-6 on the power play it looked like the Rangers could chalk this loss up to a bad power play performance. The scuffle with Simmonds woke up Krieder as he scored with just over a minute to play to tie it up and send it to overtime.   

In the three on three overtime the Rangers Keith Yandle broke free and showed every Rangers fan what kind of speed his has by breaking free and drawing a penalty shot. On the penalty shot Yandle went blocker side and sniped the top corner for a Rangers 3-2 overtime win.

Get used to seeing that Rangers fans, Yandle will be fun to watch all season long.

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