Jakub Voracek scored the decisive goal for Philadelphia, and Brian Elliott made 33 saves. Ivan Provorov made two assists.
“We want to continue pushing here, with no giving up from our team,” said Elliott. “Tomorrow is another big test and we just need to react properly and come back with another bold attempt.”
Brendan Smith and Artemi Panarin scored for New York, while Igor Shesterkin made 33 saves. The Rangers failed for the second straight match after four straight wins over the New Jersey Devils.
Teams will conclude their season’s eight-game series on Friday night in New York.
“We know what’s at stake in every game,” said Rangers guard Adam Fox. “At the moment there is only so much left, but we will continue to fight until we can officially get rid of it. Boston wins, we lose, it hurts, but we have a strong team there and I think we’ll keep fighting and taking each game. “
Former Rangers striker Kevin Hayes won a head-to-head in the attack area before van Riemsdyk blocked Provorov’s shot from the spot at 10:29 in the third half to give Flyers a 2-1 lead . This was the second of the six Philadelphia opportunities to switch to a senior advantage.
“Most of his goals are second chance at net, tip in, screen,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said of van Riemsdyk. “That’s where you score. You have to get in front of that net, near that blue paint. He certainly understands that. When he’s playing at the top, he’s doing it really well. “
Voracek extended Flyers’s lead to two goals with a wrist shot past Shesterkin’s glove at 14:07. Sean Couturier and Shayne Gostisbehere assist.
Philadelphia clinched the win at the end of the second half with a bizarre deflected strike against van Riemsdyk. Travis Konecny’s shot missed Rangers defender K’Andre Miller’s post before touching van Riemsdyk and into the net. The power forward immediately entered the dressing room after the match but will be back soon in the third half.
“In the end, I knew it was my bread and butter, especially in front of the net, especially in strength play and being a productivity player there,” van Riemsdyk said. “But, it’s good to just be in front of the goalkeeper and also just play hockey and be part of generating more plays.”
Smith opened the scoring with a slap from the top of the right circle shortly after New York’s power play ended at 9:55 of the first inning. Miller and Filip Chytil assisted in the play.
Zac Jones greeted a frozen 9:45 in Thursday’s NHL debut. Jones recently became a professional after leading the University of Massachusetts to this season’s college championship. New York chose Jones in the third round of the draft NHL 2019.
“I think he gets better and better as the game goes on,” Rangers manager David Quinn said of Jones. “It wasn’t an easy situation to be included in and I think he handled it well on his own.”
Elliott’s best save came in the middle of the second half to keep the Flyers deficit at one. Ryan Strome poked the pass from a pass to Panarin before Elliott made a glove clearance.
“There’s no doubt that one scorer does it for you, it gives the rest of the team a lot of confidence,” says Vigneault. “When your goalkeeper makes saves, that allows you to go out there and feel that there is some play that you can take and play a better game.”
Joel Farabee had a chance for the Flyers to have a one-goal lead at the end of the second half when he was awarded a penalty after being knocked down on a strike. Farabee tried a series of blows that led to a backhand chance that made Shesterkin calmly turn away.
Panarin shortened Flyers’ lead to 3-2 at 18:00 in the third half with a shot from the left.
The Flyers have had their first three days off in an action game in more than two months since a season pause in mid-February due to COVID-19 ahead of victory over Rangers. This is the third time this season they have three or more days between matches.
The Blueshirts are the only NHL team to have 5 players with 40 or more points this season (Pavel Buchnevich, Fox, Panarin, Ryan Strome and Mika Zibanejad). In addition, Rangers is one of two NHL teams with four players scoring 16 or more goals in the 2020-21 period (along with Florida; Chris Kreider, Buchnevich, Mika Zibanejad, Panarin).
Rangers are currently in the midst of 17-match streak they only play in the New York Capital area. The extended process began on April 6 and is scheduled to end on May 6 when Rangers head to Boston.
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