In the chippy first, the Rangers took the lead twice, only to have the Flames tie the score twice. Marian Gaborik scored his fourth of the season, and the Rangers’ first power play goal in their 17th opportunity, at 4:53, courtesy of a pass from Derek Stepan.
Just 58 seconds later, Dan Girardi mishandled the puck along the left boards and Jarome Iginla slipped past Ryan McDonagh at the right post for a tap in of Alex Tanguay’s pass.
With Cory Sarich in the box, Brandon Prust, playing his first game here since being traded to the Rangers in 2009, scored shorthanded. In the slot, a wide open Prust took Brian Boyle’s pass from behind Karlsson and went high stickside for a 2-1 edge at 13:42.
The Flames responded with a power play goal of their own. Kris Newbury dropped the gloves with Sarich after the defenseman ran Brad Richards---who notched his fifth point on Gaborik’s goal---from behind, and received an instigator penalty.
At 15:51, Mark Giordano’s high shot from the point zipped untouched past a screened Lundqvist, as it appeared Brandon Dubinsky missed a block attempt. Tanguay and Boyle went off for roughing with 53 seconds left and the shots ended in favor of the Flames, 12-10.