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Rangers fall to Flyers in shootout

New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden,

New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, blocks a shot from Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux in overtime of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Philadelphia. Credit: AP / Michael Perez

PHILADELPHIA - After an incredible effort by Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during 65 wild minutes, Sam Gagner and Claude Giroux scored on backhanders in the shootout and Steve Mason stopped Mats Zuccarello and Dominic Moore as the Flyers scraped by the Blueshirts, 3-2, on Saturday night.

To cap a wild game, the crowd at Wells Fargo Center stood for the final two minutes of the scoreless three-on-three overtime. They witnessed 87 shots on goal in all, 48 by the Flyers and 39 by the Rangers (5-2-2). The Flyers have won five of the last six here against the Blueshirts.

"It's very disappointing when you're that close to getting two points," Lundqvist said. "Every shot matters, every save matters."

The Rangers tied the score twice after falling behind 1-0 and 2-1 and Lundqvist kept the Rangers in the game through regulation, making 18 of his saves in the third period.

"We were going chance for chance in the second, back and forth. They had a pretty good push in the third," said J.T. Miller, who tied the score at 1-1 at 13:30 of the first period by swatting the puck out of the air past Mason. It was his first goal of the season.

The Rangers appeared to take a 3-2 lead with 8:15 left in the second period. The puck was in the net during a scrum, and Jarret Stoll was pushed by Jakub Voracek into Mason. The call on ice was no goal. Coach Alain Vigneault used a challenge, but the league, after a video review, supported the call, explaining that Stoll made "incidental contact" with Mason before the puck crossed the goal line.

"I thought Jarret had been slightly pushed and his stick was behind Mason a little bit, but wasn't interfering with the possibility of making the save, but the referee saw it differently," Vigneault said. "You have to respect the call and move on."

With the score tied at 1 after one period, Marc Staal slowed Brayden Schenn on a rush down the left boards, but Scott Laughton picked up the puck and snapped a shot past Lundqvist from the circle at 2:07 of the second.

The Rangers answered at 4:48 when Derick Brassard's slapper from above the circles hit a defender and went through Mason for a 2-2 tie.

"We kept going, creating chances, and continued to battle until the end," captain Ryan McDonagh said.

After the Flyers' Michael Raffl collapsed on the bench following a collision with Stoll and was assisted to the dressing room, the Rangers' Viktor Stalberg did not return after a high hit from Radko Gudas late in the period that left Vigneault fuming.

Vigneault, who was angry at the non-call on Gudas, said "the principal point of attack was to the head. Hopefully Viktor will be fine soon. He's out for [Sunday night]. We'll see what the league does."

Spare forward Emerson Etem presumably will dress for the second time. Vigneault also said that backup goalie Antti Raanta, who shut out the Sharks, 4-0, on Monday night, will face the Flames Sunday night in the second half of the back-to-back set.

Notes & quotes: Dan Girardi tied Mark Messier for 10th place on the Rangers' all-time list in regular-season and playoff games played with 768 . . . After Sunday night's game, the Rangers will have a four-day break before hosting Toronto on Friday.

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