December 24, 2018 / 3:27 AM / 5 months ago

Flyers edge Rangers in shootout

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Nolan Patrick scored to start the fourth round of the shootout and give the visiting Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

Patrick came in from the left side and then fired a wrist shot over the glove of Henrik Lundqvist for the game winner. Kevin Hayes had a chance to tie it but was wide on a backhand try.

Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds each scored goals for Philadelphia, which has won its last five meetings against the Rangers and improved to 2-0 in shootouts this season. Michal Neuvirth, making just his third start of the season, stopped 32 shots and all four shootout attempts to pick up his first victory this season for the Flyers.

Chris Kreider and Boo Nieves had goals for New York, which fell to 5-2 in shootouts this season. Lundqvist finished with 29 saves.

Kreider gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead midway through the first period with his team-leading 17th goal. The play was set up by Hayes, who chipped the puck past Robert Hagg in the defensive zone, then picked it up near the boards in the neutral zone and spun around and hit Kreider cutting down the middle for a breakaway. The assist extended Hayes’ consecutive points streak to seven games.

Raffl tied it 1:46 into the second period with his first goal in 21 games this season, finishing a two-on-one with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that went over the top of Lundqvist’s glove and just under the crossbar.

Simmonds put the Flyers back ahead 2-1 five minutes into the third period with a power-play goal after the Rangers were called for too many men on the ice, tapping in a rebound of a Sean Couturier shot that clanged off the post.

But New York came back to tie it just 22 seconds later on Nieves’ second career goal and first since Dec. 5, 2017. Lias Andersson stole the puck in the right corner and then passed to a wide-open Nieves in front of the net where he rifled a shot past Neuvirth’s stick side.

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