The New York Rangers scored their second win of the preseason tonight with a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The game had to be decided in the shootout and Mika Zibanejad was the only scorer in the third round. Henrik Lundqvist had his best outing in the preseason and looks ready for the start of the season.
The first phase was quite difficult for both teams as neither the Flyers nor the Rangers could move much. The passes just barely missed and many broken games led to some sloppy hockey in the first 20 minutes. However, later in the period, Philadelphia slowed somewhat with several dominant offensive zone changes.
Henrik Lundqvist also looked very sharp during the review period, keeping the Flyers off the board even though they came in waves.
Lias Andersson (2) ̵
1; Vladislav Namestnikov (1) & Tony DeAngelo – 19:47 1st Pass
The Rangers had their legs clear at the end of the round and were rewarded with the first goal of the evening. Tony DeAngelo has excellently moved the puck over the blue line and finally got a shot into the net. DeAngelo's shot caused some problems for Carter Hart, and after a couple of rallies before the goal, Lias Andersson scored his second goal of the preseason. During the first round, the Rangers entered the dressing room with a 1-0 lead.
Travis Konecny (2) – Kevin Hayes (2) & Claude Giroux (4) – 6:26 2nd Period
After the Rangers had jumped to the early lead at the end of the first period, the Flyers could to smooth the game early in the second. Kevin Hayes' intended pass to the center of the corner took a few distractions and slipped past Henrik Lundqvist. Just before the puck crossed the finish line, he tapped Travis Konecny's skate and the goal was credited to him.
Apart from one goal per team, this game had to be decided in shootout and shootout Rangers are ahead of the game. Henrik Lundqvist played excellently all night, and he did so during the skill contest. Mika Zibanejad was the only goal scorer on penalties after he quickly hit the backhand and threw the puck over Carter Hart.
After today's eleven-year win over Philadelphia, the Rangers still have one final in front of them. They will record it with the New York Islanders in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Saturday before finalizing their final 23-man list.