Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Braydon Coburn's goal 3:33 into the
third period got the Philadelphia Flyers back in the win column via a 2-1
decision over the New York Rangers at Wells Fargo Center.
Steve Mason stopped 30-of-31 shots, including all 10 he faced in the final
period, to help the Flyers halt a four-game losing streak and prevail for only
the second time in nine outings this season. Matt Read assisted on Coburn's
game-winner and tallied a shorthanded goal earlier in the contest.
Brad Richards scored the only marker for New York, which dropped its second in
a row and fell to 2-6-0 on its season-opening nine-game road trip. Cameron
Talbot, making his NHL debut with Henrik Lundqvist out with an undisclosed
injury, recorded 25 saves in defeat.
Philadelphia failed on a previous opportunity to break the 1-1 stalemate, a
five-minute power play that overlapped the second and third periods that was
awarded by a boarding penalty to New York's Benoit Pouliot for checking the
Flyers' Maxime Talbot face-first into the boards.
Not long after the expiration of the extended man-advantage, however, Coburn
drilled a shot from near the blue line that rocketed past Cameron Talbot with
Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds setting a screen in front.
The Rangers nearly had the equalizer just over two minutes after Coburn's
goal. With Flyers captain Claude Giroux in the box for a hooking call, New
York's Brian Boyle sent a pass into the crease that caromed off Mason's stick
and struck the Rangers' J.T. Miller's right skate before crossing the goal
line. However, the score was disallowed after a booth review declared that
Miller kicked in the puck.
Mason, who turned aside 12 chances during a flawless second period, later
withstood a Rangers' offensive in the final minutes to protect the one-goal
Read got the slumping Flyers off to a good start midway through the opening
period. With the Rangers on their first power play of the night, the
Philadelphia forward stole the puck from Derick Brassard to create a breakaway
chance that ended with Read firing a wrister through Cameron Talbot's pads for
a 1-0 lead.
The Flyers stayed in front until late in the period, when Richards sent a bad-
angle shot from the left corner that caught Mason off guard and went in with
just 1:04 left in the frame.
Pouliot received a game misconduct for the major penalty ... Flyers forward
Vincent Lecavalier returned to action following a three-game absence caused by
a lower-body injury ... Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto was back in his
team's lineup after sitting out two games with the flu ... Read had not scored
since Apr. 23 of last season against Boston, a span of 10 straight games ...
Flyers defenseman Mark Streit played in his 500th career NHL game ... The
Rangers fell to 0-5-0 when failing to score first ... Philadelphia had been
outscored by a 12-2 margin in the third period coming into the game.
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