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Rangers fall in shootout to Flyers

Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers makes

Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers makes a second-period save against the Arizona Coyotes at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

PHILADELPHIA - Despite an incredible effort from Henrik Lundqvist during 65 wild minutes, Sam Gagner and Claude Giroux scored on backhanders in the shootout, and Steve Mason stopped Mats Zuccarello and Dominic Moore as the Flyers scraped by the Rangers 3-2 Saturday night.

The crowd was standing for the final two minutes of the 3-on-3 overtime and the shootout which began after 48 shots by the Flyers and 39 by the Rangers. The Flyers have won five of the last six here against the Rangers.

The Rangers, now 5-2-2, had tied the score twice after falling behind 1-0 and 2-1 and Lundqvist kept them in through regulation, making 18 of his 46 saves in the third period. The Flyers' Steve Mason stopped 33 shots.

With the score tied at 1 after one period, Marc Staal slowed Brayden Schenn on a rush down the left boards, but his attempted clear bounced back. Scott Laughton picked up the puck and snapped a shot past Lundqvist from the circle at 2:07.

Six seconds into a Rangers power play with Jakub Voracek off for holding, Jarret Stoll accidentally got his elbow up at a charging Michael Raffl, who went off dazed and had to be assisted off the bench to the trainer's room. He did not return.

The Rangers then capitalized at 4:48, when Derick Brassard's slapper hit a defender and went through Mason.

The Rangers appeared to take a 3-2 lead with 8:15 left in the second. The puck was in net during a scrum, and Stoll was pushed by Voracek into Mason. The call on ice was no goal. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault used a challenge, but the league, after a video review, supported the call, explaining that Stoll made "incidental contact" with Mason before the puck crossed the goal line.

The Rangers' Viktor Stalberg also did not return after a high hit from Radko Gudas late in the period that left coach Vigneault fuming.

In the first period, the Flyers started by firing 11 shots from all angles at Lundqvist, compared to the Rangers' four on Mason. But by the time the period had ended, the Rangers had nine of the last ten.

With the Blueshirts' fourth line on ice, defenseman Mark Streit's slapper from the point eluded Lundqvist low on the glove side, providing a 1-0 lead at 11:15.

J.T. Miller tied the score at 13:30. Keith Yandle's backhander was deflected by Oscar Lindberg and Miller, at the right post, swatted the puck out of the air past Mason. It was Miller's first goal of the season, along with five assists.

Mason made several stops on the Rangers power play, when Wayne Simmonds was in the box at 15:20 for covering the puck with his glove, a delay of game penalty. As the penalty ended on Brassard's turnover, Simmonds darted out of the box on a two-on-one and Lundqvist had to make a kick save with his right leg.

Mason, who spun like a top with 9:20 left to reach back in the crease to swipe away Lindberg's shot, then snatched another Lindberg shot, ticketed for the right side.

Notes & quotes: It was the first of five meetings with the Flyers this season . . . Stalberg is definitely out today, and Emerson Etem will dress for the second time when the Rangers face Calgary. Vigneault was still angry after the game at the non-call on Gudas: "The principal point of attack [on Stalberg] was to the head." . . . Goalie Antti Raanta (1-0) will start against the Flames.


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