For only the second time in 13 games, the Rangers opened the scoring. Michael Sauer’s wrister from the right point hit the near post behind Brian Boucher and when the Flyers goalie blocked Ryan McDonagh’s shot, he appeared to lose the puck and Wojtek Wolski, falling to his knees in front, jammed it between the pads at 12:43. It was Wolski’s 10th of the season.
The Flyers tied it with 3:18 left in the period when Jeff Carter, in the slot, deflected Claude Giroux’s shot past Henrik Lundqvist with Scott Hartnell screening in front. Brian Boyle, who had been yapping with Hartnell earlier in the period, was sent off at at 17:02, but the Blueshirts killed the penalty, allowing just one shot on Lundqvist. The Rangers outshot the Flyers 14-9.