New York Rangers, Mats Zuccarello
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In a tough, hard-fought battle against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight the New York Rangers fall by the final of 3-2 in a shootout.

New York Rangers 2 (5-3-1, 11 pts)
Philadelphia Flyers 3 (4-2-1, 9 pts)
Full Game Box Score
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

3 Stars of the Game:
1. Giroux (PHI) – 0 G, 0 A
2. Mason (PHI) – 37 SV
3. Lundqvist (NYR) – 46 SV

By Robby Sabo

Midway through the second period of tonight’s contest between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers, audiences everywhere were forced to popup their calendar on whichever device they were watching from.

To double-check whether or not this one was actually a regular season game in October was necessary. Instead of a loosey-goosey type skating game, these two Metropolitan Division rivals decided to throw a little playoff feel into our lives.

In the end, a 3-on-3 exciting overtime and shootout-type end, the Flyers prevailed by the final of 3-2, and Philly is feeling pretty damn good about it right now.

It was a funny game in terms of thinking about how many total shots on goal there was on such a physical night. New York couldn’t slow down Philly’s offense all game (48 shots allowed).

If it hadn’t been for Henrik Lundqvist (46 saves), this one could’ve ended up in a crooked way.

Mark Streit began the scoring as he buried a shot from the point, dead-center on while Lundqvist was screened by two Rangers players. Just 2:15 later, J.T. Miller responded with his first of the season as his unbelievable chemistry with Oscar Lindberg continues:

The second period brought more of the same. The Flyers struck first (Scott Laughton), and the Blueshirts responded on the power play(Derick Brassard):

That’s all she wrote in the goal-scoring column the rest of the night. With just a little more than three-minutes to go, Lundqivst, yet again, bailed the Rangers out with a brilliant save. Unfortunately, Miller flipped the puck into the stands to warrant a delay of game call (which New York swiftly killed).

The 3-on-3 overtime provided thrill after thrill. Puck possession remained crucial (as sometimes it feels like a basketball game), but neither team could capitalize.


The difference came down to the shootout. Philly’s studs were able to bury the puck in the back of the net while New York’s were nowhere to be found. Claude Giroux and Sam Gagne both beat Hank. Derek Stepan cashed in, but both Mats Zuccarello and Dominic Moore could not.

An injury note from this one comes by way of Vicktor Stalberg. He left the game in the second period after a high-and-hard hit by Radko Gudas. It’s already been confirmed that he’ll miss tomorrow’s game against the Calgary Flames. Look for Emerson Etem to slide into the lineup.

With the loss the Rangers now fall to 5-3-1 on the season.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]