Saturday, 11 February 2012
Ryan Callahan Hattrick vs the Flyers | Feb 11th, 2012
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Everything seems to go right for the New York Rangers when they play the Flyers, even their anemic power play.
Ryan Callahan scored three goals and the Rangers beat Philadelphia 5-2 on Saturday for their seventh straight win over the Flyers.
Marian Gaborik and Artem Anisimov also had goals for the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers, who broke out of their power-play funk and improved to 5-0 against the Flyers this season — including a win in the Winter Classic.
It was a rare display on special teams that catapulted the Rangers to their second victory over Philadelphia in seven days. New York had a season-high three goals on the power play.
"We felt it was coming," Callahan said. "We knew we had guys who can execute. It was a matter of getting some bounces."It was a rare display on special teams that catapulted the Rangers to their second victory over Philadelphia in seven days. New York had a season-high three goals on the power play.
“We felt it was coming,” Callahan said. “We knew we had guys who can execute. It was a matter of getting some bounces.”
New York increased its lead to six points over the Flyers in the Atlantic Division and have two games in hand.
“I was a little disappointed with the effort, actually,” Philadelphia defenseman Kimmo Timonen said. “The emotional level, top team in the conference, league. It was a big game for us, and I was expecting more."I was a little disappointed with the effort, the emotional level, against a top team in the Eastern Conference, the League," said Timonen. "To be honest, I think we had half the guys going and half the guys not (at the start). That was my opinion. You might have seen different but that's what I saw."
The Flyers won't have long to rediscover their effort, as they travel to League-leading Detroit for a game Sunday against the Red Wings (7:30 p.m., NBCSP, TSN2). The Wings will be going for their 20th straight home win, which would tie the NHL record.
"We just can't have one or two lines going and four (defensemen) or whatever," said Timonen. "We need everybody to get going here. This is the time of the year you need everybody going. If you don't, that (Saturday's game) happens. Tomorrow if we're not ready to play, it's an even tougher opponent than today."