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Cally's trick, 3 PPG sink Flyers, 5-2

PHILADELPHIA---As if splashed with a bucket of ice water, the Rangers sleepy power play woke up with a jolt this afternoon.
                  For the first time since last March 11 against the Islanders---a stretch of 64 regular-season games--- the Rangers scored three power-play goals and whipped the Flyers for the fifth time this season by a score of 5-2.  Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scored two of the power-play goals and one at even strength for a hat trick. Callahan continued to bedevil the Flyers: He scored four goals against the Flyers in a 7-0 rout last March 6.
                Marian Gaborik tipped in the other power play goal and added three assists, and Artem Anisimov scored the lone goal five-on-five in the third period, as Derek Stepan hit the blade of his stick with a perfect pass near the crease. 
               With the win, the Rangers (35-13-3, 75 points) moved six points ahead of the Flyers in the Atlantic Division, and the Flyers, who wore their Winter Classic uniforms, frustration spilled over in the the third period, as Wayne Simmonds dropped the gloves with Brian Boyle and Zac Rinaldo squared off with Brian Boyle.But it was far too late for the Flyers, as the difference-maker for the Rangers was the power play explosion. Ranked 27th in the NHL on the power play, the Blueshirts had been 2 for 37 in the last 14 games with the man advantage.
                Callahan notched his third goal of the game and 21st of the season, at 11:25 of the third, burying a rebound from the left side.
                The Flyers fired 18 shots at Henrik Lundqvist, who has allowed just eight goals in five games against the Flyers this season, in the second period, and he stopped 17. Claude Giroux tallied on a break-in, after Anisimov slipped in the neutral zone. Lundqvist waited out Giroux’s deke and dove left to stop the puck on the goal line with his glove. But Giroux jammed the puck and Lundqvist’s arm across the line at 6:36.  
                    Callahan’s second of the game and 20th of the season came when the positioned himself in front of Kimmo Timonen and converted a sweet pass from Michael Del Zotto  at 9:15 for the 3-2 advantage. Gaborik collected his second assist and third point of the game.
                    The Blueshirts scored two power play goals in the first period to take a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. It was the first game since a 6-1 defeat of Florida on Dec. 11 that the Blueshirts had managed more than one goal with the man-advantage. Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik were involved in both. He set up Ryan Callahan at 8:25 when he took the puck to the high slot and found Callahan to the right of Sergei Bobrovsky along the goal line. The captain’s shot bounced off and over the goaltender’s extended right pad for a 1-0 lead.
                  After Simmonds re-directed Andrej Meszaros’ low slapper from the right point into the upper part of the net at 13:03, the Rangers regained the lead at 16:40.  Meszaros was in the box for hooking Carl Hagelin in front, and Brad Richards’ waist-high wrister was tipped by in Gaborik for his 27th of the year. It was only the fifth time this season that the power play had cashed in twice. Callahan also scored a power play goal against the Lightning on Thursday.
                  The Flyers dropped to 13-9-5 at home this season and the rangers climbed to 18-7-3 on the road. The two teams close out the series here on April 3.


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