Rangers best Flyers to extend advantage in Metropolitan Division

Derek Dorsett
Derek Dorsett had a big game for the Rangers in taking down the Flyers.
Credit: Getty Images

Against an opponent that demanded contributions from all, it was the trio of Derek Dorsett, Brian Boyle and Dominic Moore that stood tallest.

The fourth line tallied three points in the Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Flyers Thursday night at the Garden.

The longtime rivals split the four-game season series, 2-2-0.

“I’m a little biased, [but] I think our fourth line is one of the best in the league,” Derek Stepan said of the line which had two goals, an assist and a collective plus-5 rating. “Moving forward, we’re going to need them and they’re going to be a big part of us having success down the stretch.”

The Rangers have won a season-high five in a row and extended their lead to three points over the Flyers for second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers have eight games remaining this season, but the Flyers hold two games in hand.

The Rangers have a six-point lead over Columbus, Detroit, Washington and Toronto.

“You want to keep separating yourself,” Dorsett said. “Everyone’s desperate for points and trying to solidify a spot in the playoffs. I think we’ve been doing a good job as of late.”

Dorsett, Moore and Ryan McDonagh scored for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist was routinely brilliant in making 30 saves.

The Rangers went into the third period with a 2-0 lead despite having been outshot 25-23. Dorsett opened the scoring 8:41 into the match and McDonagh increased the lead to 2-0 at 5:44 in the second with a spectacular individual effort. The Rangers’ top defenseman kept a loose puck in at the blue line and carried it into the offensive zone before firing a shot from the right face-off circle that beat Steve Mason (26 saves) high.

Enter Lundqvist, who stymied the Flyers until Jakub Voracek scored with 1:53 left. Lundqvist’s best save of the night was a pad stop on Adam Hall from the top of the crease to prevent a sure goal which would cut the Rangers lead to 2-1.

“For any team to win, you need your top players playing at a high level,” Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said of Lundqvist and McDonagh. Lundqvist improved to 30-22-4 this season, while McDonagh has 13 points (six goals and seven assists) in his last 13 games, including seven points in his last five games.

“Hank’s found his game; he’s playing at an extremely high level,” Vigneault said. “Ryan McDonagh has been a force out there. He’s got to be getting consideration for the Norris [Trophy], the way he’s playing offensively and defensively. Playing against the top line, he’s defending extremely well. When he gets the opportunity to go on the offense, like tonight, he does. He’s been, obviously, one of our best players this year.”

Moore’s seeing-eye goal 7:39 into the third period eliminated any pretense of drama. Dorsett’s forecheck forced Michael Raffl into a turnover, that Kevin Klein fired on net. Moore tipped the shot which rolled under Mason’s legs and across the goal line.

“We have good speed on all four lines. We try to get in and pressure the puck and pressure the play. That’s our game,” Moore said. “We have to stick to that and that starts in our zone, supporting each other and moving zone to zone and continuing to work down low.

“You have to have [four lines playing well]; you can’t win without that. You see every game, every night, it’s usually one-goal games. Tonight [that] wasn’t the case but everyone has to chip in and everyone has to be firing on all cylinders.”

The Rangers played without left wing Chris Kreider, who it is believed suffered a broken hand in last Friday’s 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets in Columbus. He will not join the game on its upcoming four-game road trip to Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Colorado.

Follow Rangers beat Denis Gorman on Twitter @DenisGorman.


Woman dies when run over by bus at…

A woman at the Burning Man arts and culture festival in the Nevada desert died on Thursday when she was run over by a bus carrying participants.


Texas parents sue day care center for duct…

By Marice RichterDALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Fort Worth-area day care center seeking $1 million…


Santa Fe city council votes to decriminalize marijuana

By Joseph KolbALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Santa Fe on Wednesday became the latest U.S. city to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, with lawmakers in the…


Egypt queries Mursi over documents "leaked" to Al…

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is investigating jailed ex-president Mohamed Mursi in connection with documents that judicial investigators say were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…


Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.


Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."


Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…


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

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

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.


Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.


Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.


Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…


4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…


Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…