TODAY'S PAPER
62° Good Morning
62° Good Morning
SportsHockeyRangers

Rangers beat Flyers 'B' team

Ryan Haggerty #39 of the New York Rangers

Ryan Haggerty #39 of the New York Rangers celebrates his first period goal gainst the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in New York City. Credit: Jim McIsaac

With three goals in 3:37 of the first period, the Rangers sped past a Flyers team dressing very few veterans in the second of three games on consecutive nights.

The 6-3 win was the second in three preseason games for the Blueshirts, but it's difficult to evaluate the performances given the roster disparity.

Nonetheless, the Rangers dominated the first period.

Anthony Duclair, the 19-year-old wing who is opening eyes with his wheels and smarts, ripped a high, short-side shot past Steve Mason from the left circle at 5:31, his second goal in two games.

Ryan Haggerty, who assisted on Duclair's goal, then darted across the crease, stickhandling from left to right and beat Mason low at 7:45 for his first of two goals in the game.

Jesper Fast, screening Mason, got a piece of Dan Boyle's shot from the right side for his second of the preseason at 9:08 and scored again with 3:50 left in regulation.

Duclair's assist was his fourth point in two games. He might have had another on a breakaway but lost the puck in front of the crease with just over six minutes left.

Naturally, the gloves began to drop. The Flyers' Zach Stortini and Tanner Glass traded flurries of punches, and Blair Jones engaged in a far shorter bout with Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. After a 12-1 edge in shots, by the end of the first period the Rangers outshot Philadelphia 14-5 and killed a penalty to Glass.

After Taylor Leier's spinaround-and-tuck from behind the net trimmed the Rangers' lead to 3-1, Haggerty struck again. He blew past Stortini on the left side, slanted to the net and this time beat Mason high with a snap shot at 6:48. Jason Akeson slipped behind Boyle near the lower right circle and surprised Henrik Lundqvist short-side to bring Philadelphia closer at 4-2.

But Chris Mueller, another player battling for a job created by the injuries to Derek Stepan, Ryan Malone and Matthew Lombardi, potted a rebound on a power play at 14:18. It came after Samuel Morin, annoyed at a hit by Glass, cross-checked the much smaller Mats Zuccarello from behind in the crease. With 8:30 left in regulation, Flyers defenseman Shane Gostisbehere found the net with a point shot. Fast whipped in a shot in close with 3:50 left.

New York Sports