Nash, Callahan lead Rangers to win over Flyers

Nash has four goals and six points in his three games since returning from injury. Credit: Getty Images
Nash, left, has four goals and six points in his three games since returning from injury.
Credit: Getty Images

The Rangers and Flyers were deadlocked early in the third period in latest commencement of hostility between the Atlantic Division rivals.

The scene demanded a leading man. Enter Rick Nash.

“There’s no question when you make a deal like that, you add to your top players and you add to your skill level. It’s just a really good deal for us,” head coach John Tortorella said after Nash’s two third-period goals were the difference in the Rangers’ 4-2 win over the Flyers Tuesday night at the Garden.

“You get big plays like that in the third period [and] you win a hockey game.”

Ryan Callahan scored two goals in the first period and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves. The Rangers have won three in a row and passed the Flyers for eighth place in the conference. The Rangers have 27 games remaining in this abbreviated season.

“[These] are huge games,” Dan Girardi said. “It’s time to string some wins together. If we keep winning we’ll just keep climbing in the standings, and we have [games in hand] on a couple teams. It’s a busy month, but we have to make sure we’re real sharp in our game.”

Callahan and Nash are now tied with Marian Gaborik and Carl Hagelin for the team lead in goals with seven each. All of Nash’s goals have come in the third period of games.

Last night was no exception, as Nash’s game-winning goal 2:50 into the third broke a 2-2 tie. The play began with Lundqvist making a pad save on a Luke Schenn wrist shot. Girardi cleared the puck to Nash, who carried the puck into the Eighth Avenue end of the ice before wristing a shot past Ilya Bryzgalov (16 saves). The goal was Nash’s third in as many games.

His second goal of the game, nearly nine minutes later, gave the Rangers a two-goal advantage they would not relinquish.

“It would be nice to get them early but when they aren’t coming in bunches, you will take them any way you can get them,” Nash said, “not worry when they come.”

The specialty teams were both a boon and a curse last night. The Rangers went 1-for-4 on the man advantage to bolster a group that had been 6-for-27 in the eight games prior to last night. Callahan’s first goal of the game opened the scoring 1:30 in. His second goal, with 40.2 seconds left in the period, tied the game at 2-2.

On the down side, the penalty kill units surrendered two goals on three power plays. Both goals occurred in the first period, as Wayne Simmonds tied the game at 1-1, 7:18 into the match, and Jakub Voracek’s 10th goal of the season gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead at 17:07.

Entering the game, the Rangers had killed 32-of-34 power plays in the previous 11 matches.

“Their power play was hot,” Lundqvist said. “They were picking us apart in the first period.”

The win was not without cost as the Rangers lost Marc Staal midway through the third period after he was struck on the right eye with the puck. Staal went down immediately and clutched at his face as blood pooled on the ice.

Tortorella did not have an update on Staal’s condition after the game. To a man, the Rangers used the word “scary” to describe the injury to Staal.

The game became chippy in the final minutes. Following a check into the Rangers bench, Flyers left wing Scott Hartnell punched Micheal Haley to set off a melee . After the fracas, Hartnell and Stu Bickel each received 10-minute misconduct penalties.

“He just came into the bench and he didn’t like it, I guess,” Haley said. “It was pretty quick. Maybe he doesn’t like me.

“Things happen pretty quick.”


Follow Rangers beat writer Denis Gorman on Twitter
@DenisGorman.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

NYPD looking for man they say assaulted elderly…

      The New York City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a Hispanic male 20's wanted in connection with…

Local

Three arrested after allegedly assaulting off-duty officer in…

Three men were arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly assaulting an off-duty officer at a Bronx bodega, and the NYPD is asking for the public's…

Local

Healthcare union creates vibrant West Indian Day Parade…

Volunteers worked almost around the clock through the weekend, putting the flashy finishing touches on hundreds of costume pieces 1199SEIU members will wear while marching…

National

Top 10 most hipster college campuses

Hipsters are everywhere these days. You can't walk down the anywhere anymore without seeing a pair of skinny jeans on a handlebar mustachioed 20-something, a…

Arts

Theater: Discouraging 'Poor Behavior'

Theresa Rebeck's latest off-Broadway play, about two couples sparring on a weekend getaway, repeats a few mistakes of her past.

Gossip

Chef Todd English arrested for DWI in the…

Celebrity chef Todd English is facing DWI charges after a traffic stop on Sunday.

Movies

Box office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is 2014's…

This weekend "The Guardians of the Galaxy" passed the fourth "Transformers" movie to become the highest grossing film of 2014.

Gossip

Spears back with controversial ex?

Is Briteny Spears back with Adnan Ghalib?

Sports

Novak Djokovic feeds off US Open crowd to…

Novak Djokovic isn't a native New Yorker, but he sure knows how to use the U.S. Open crowd to his advantage.

NFL

Odell Beckham still 'weeks away,' Tom Coughlin angry…

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has fought a losing battle against the media all preseason over the status of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

Education

These college students think breakfast is the most…

  It should be no surprise that the city that never sleeps is also home to the most students who like to order food in…

Sex

When it comes to dating, height matters

Does a man’s height really matter when it comes to dating? Unfortunately - according to a new study - the answer looks like it’s yes.…

Travel

10 free apps to make traveling easier

Finding the nearest bathroom, calculating currency exchanges and locating your departure gate must have been difficult for travelers of previous generations. But we wouldn't know,…

Travel

How to get a seat upgrade to business…

It used to be much easier to upgrade your coach seat to business or even first class, but rigid rules and tighter schedules have made…