Rick Nash snapped a 12-game goalless drought and added a second tally to help the Rangers end a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score
- 2:06 PHI Jordan Weal; Assists: Radko Gudas, Wayne Simmonds
- 6:30 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich
- 16:50 NYR J.T. Miller (PP); Assists: Ryan McDonagh, David Desharnais
- 19:50 NYR Paul Carey (SH); Assists: Peter Holland
- 10:49 NYR Michael Grabner
- 17:48 NYR Nash; Assists: Marc Staal
- 3: JT Miller
- 2: Henrik Lundqvist
- 1: Rick Nash
- This was certainly a welcome sight for very, very, very sore eyes from the two games this weekend. The Rangers were fast, won battles, executed well and actually scored some goals.
- It did not seem as if things would go the Rangers way early on when the Flyers scored off a deflection going way wide, but Rick Nash came up huge with that breakaway goal to get the Rangers going.
- This was Nash's best game in a while, not just because of the goals, but he was all over the ice and stepped up at a time when the Rangers really needed it. Nash had been playing well but not scoring for a while but his game had dipped a little before the break and in the first two games after, but he was great tonight and certainly came up big.
- The biggest sequence of the game was in the first when Henrik Lundqvist made an excellent save on Claude Giroux short handed and then Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller connected for a PP goal. That put the Rangers up 2-1, Paul Carey scored shorthanded and a period that didn't start out the best way, ended in just about the best way possible.
- Overall this was an encouraging performance by the Rangers. They worked hard, scored on their opportunities and, maybe most importantly, kept up the pace and kept things going after taking the 3-1 lead. This was as good of a 60 minute effort as the Rangers have had in a while and maybe all season.
- Again, this was an encouraging game by the Rangers but they need to bring the same effort and level of play on Thursday against Buffalo. The Rangers need wins and points any way they can get them but they will put themselves in a better position and be happier about their game if they can string performances like this together.
The Rangers host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.