Derek Stepan scored twice in the third period to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night.
Derick Brassard scored early and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots as the Rangers improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games. They also beat the Flyers at home for the 11th time in 12 games.
Brayden Schenn spoiled Lundqvist's shutout with 9.7 seconds left in the third period with his 16th goal of the season, but the Flyers lost for the fifth time in six games. Steve Mason finished with 27 saves.
Stepan's first score, at 10:34 of the third, was his 100th career goal. His second tied his career high with 19 and matched Mats Zuccarello for the team lead. >> Read more...
- Just a solid win for the Rangers in all aspects of the game. They were good at 5 on 5, the PP scored, the PK was really good and Henrik Lundqvist made a bunch of really good saves.
- When Mats Zuccarello is confident with the puck he makes plays that only a select few people in the league can make. His game has always been up and down with the Rangers, especially since coming back from the lockout, but when he is up he brings a level of skill to the Rangers that they don't otherwise have.
- I remember when Zuccarello first came to the Rangers and thought that under no circumstance should he ever play with anyone other than Derek Stepan because they had such good chemistry. Obviously that hasn't been the case but the two of them showed that chemistry with how they connected tonight.
- Good for Dylan McIlrath and, honestly, good for Wayne Simmonds for not ducking the fight. He means a lot to Flyers and losing him for five minutes in an important game where they need points makes a much bigger impact than the Rangers losing McIlrath for five minutes.
- The best revenge was always two points that is what the Rangers got tonight.