February 29, 2020 / 3:00 AM / a month ago

Flyers rout Rangers as Kreider hurt

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Feb 28, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk (25) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Claude Giroux scored two goals to lift the host Philadelphia Flyers past the previously surging New York Rangers, 5-2, on Friday.

Sean Couturier had one goal and one assist, while James van Riemsdyk and Kevin Hayes also scored for the Flyers, who won their fifth in a row. Jakub Voracek compiled four assists, and Scott Laughton had two assists for Philadelphia, which improved to 23-5-4 at home.

Flyers goaltender Carter Hart made 26 saves for his 18th home win.

Jesper Fast and Brett Howden scored for the Rangers, who had their five-game winning streak and franchise-best nine-game road win streak snapped. Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev stopped 35 shots.

Fast gave the Rangers a quick 1-0 lead at 2:49 of the first period when he corralled a loose puck in front and sent it past Hart on a second effort.

Giroux found himself open in front and fired a wrist shot at 12:45 that was barely deflected aside by Georgiev. Couturier then tied the game at 1 after receiving a pass from Voracek and notching his 20th goal of the season at 16:07.

The Rangers’ Chris Kreider suffered a fractured foot in the first period and didn’t return. Kreider, who signed a seven-year contract on Monday, sustained the injury after blocking a shot by Philippe Myers.

New York’s dangerous power play was buzzing on its first chance in the second period. Despite three shots and a number of opportunities, the Flyers killed it off.

The Flyers went ahead 2-1 at 13:00 of the second when van Riemsdyk tapped home a rebound in front.

Philadelphia then took a 3-1 advantage at 15:05 when Giroux scored as he was falling to the ice.

Giroux recorded his second goal, this time on the power play at 2:36 of the third, for a 4-1 lead. Giroux now has 19 goals this season.

New York’s Artemi Panarin hit the crossbar at 12:45 of the third, and the puck bounced out. Eleven seconds later, Hayes scored for a 5-1 Flyers lead.

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