Rangers can't beat Anthony Stolarz
(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

In their first game since the All-Star break, the New York Rangers had a hard time finding the back net falling to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Dom Renna

  • Philadelphia Flyers: 1 (21-23-6, 48 points)
  • New York Rangers: 0 (21-21-7, 49 points)
  • PHI Goals: Oskar Lindblom (6)
  • NYR Goals: N/A
  • Final, NHL, Boxscore.
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, NY.


That is the word to best describe the New York Rangers first game back from the bye week and All-Star break as they fell to the Philadelphia Flyers and Anthony Stolarz 1-0.

Stolarz, a New Jersey native, came into Madison Square Garden for the first time and put on a goaltending clinic as the Rangers managed to put up 38 shots on goal against the 25-year-old and not score once.

It started out slow for New York, who was clearly the team chasing the game in the first 10 minutes. Just 1:40 into the first period they would find themselves trailing thanks to an offensive turnover leading to five shots against Alexandar Georgiev before shot number six found the back of the net.

Even with the tough start, New York completely dominated from the 10-minute mark of the first period on. They outshot Philly 25-7 in the final 40 minutes, and that is not counting the two posts that Filip Chytil and Chris Kreider hit.

The loss snapped New York’s three-game winning streak which started prior to their bye week on Jan. 20. It also snapped Mika Zibanejad’s point streak at five despite a valiant effort in 23:43 seconds of ice time.

Kevin Hayes made his return to the Blueshirt’s lineup and despite some rust early on ended up continuing his game from prior to his injury. He and Kreider ended up combining for 11 shots on goal, but it wasn’t enough and the gif of Kreider below perfectly sums up the night for the Rangers.

New York will look to get back in the win column at Prudential Center Thursday when they take on the New Jersey Devils for the first time this season.

Injury Update

Brett Howden left Tuesday night’s game in the first period and did not return with the Rangers are calling a knee sprain. He will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.