Flyers defeat Rangers for first win of the season
Playing with more physicality than at any time during the young season, the Flyers overcame a depleted lineup - and recent history - as they jolted the New York Rangers, 2-1, in front of a raucous sellout crowd at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night.
With the win, the Flyers (1-3) avoided the first 0-4 start in franchise history.
They also ended an eight-game losing streak against the Rangers, who had outscored the Flyers, 34-13, during that span.
"We can take this one and keep building," forward Max Talbot said. "We played a solid game, probably our best game of the year so far."
Talbot was part of a sensational penalty kill late in the game that drew a standing ovation and preserved the victory.
The Flyers, clinging to a 2-1 lead, killed off a double-minor by Tye McGinn and a two-minute, five-on-three disadvantage. Talbot, Sean Couturier, Braydon Coburn, Claude Giroux, Matt Read, and Ruslan Fedotenko did most of the PK work, and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov made huge stops on Rick Nash from the right circle and Derek Stepan from the left.