Anisimov helps Rangers top Flyers 5-2
NEW YORK – Artem Anisimov had a goal and two assists, Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves and the New York Rangers continued their recent success against the Philadelphia Flyers with a 5-2 fight-filled victory on Sunday.
Marian Gaborik, Michael Del Zotto, Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for Eastern Conference-leading New York, which has won six straight against Philadelphia, including their four games this season. It was Anisimov's first points in 18 games.
Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds scored for the Flyers, which lost for the third time in four games. It was their first game against the Rangers since the Winter Classic in Philadelphia on Jan. 2.
Lundqvist's career-best shutout streak ended at 182 minutes, 37 seconds when Schenn scored in the second period, but the All-Star goaltender still improved to 24-14-4 on the season.
Philadelphia was playing its fourth game in six days and the final of a weekend back-to-back. The Flyers lost 6-4 at home against New Jersey on Saturday.
Anisimov opened the scoring at 1:04 of the first period. He also assisted on Gaborik's second-period goal and Del Zotto's go-ahead score at 1:33 of the third, which came 36 seconds after Simmonds tied it at 2. Dubinsky added an insurance goal at 12:15 and Fedotenko had an empty-netter at 18:44
Gaborik's 26th goal of the season with 5 seconds remaining in the second — moments after he lay stunned on the ice behind the Flyers net after a hard check — put the Rangers in front 2-1. Gaborik got up and slipped a backhand past goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov after defenseman Andrej Meszaros had leveled him with the check.
Anisimov's goal was his eighth of the season and came on a tip in of Dan Girardi's slap shot. Anisimov's previous point had been an assist Dec. 22 against the New York Islanders.
Schenn tied it on a picture-perfect breakaway goal at 12:02 of the second. Just out of the penalty box, the 20-year-old center took a pass from Jakub Voracek and beat Lundqvist by lifting a backhand over his glove hand.
The game was feisty as usual between the two rivals, who had the weeks leading up the Winter Classic chronicled by the cable network HBO.
Rangers defenseman Stu Bickel fought Simmonds in the first period and Tim Sestito in the second. Sestito also fought Brandon Dubinsky in the first and Brandon Prust in the third. Sestito was given an automatic game misconduct after his third fight.
The Rangers are 16-4-1 in their last 21 games and 30-9-3 since they started the season 3-3-2.
Lundqvist's shutout streak went back to the 19:11 mark of the second period Jan. 21 at Boston. Lundqvist had consecutive shutouts for first time in his career during wins over Winnipeg and Buffalo.
The teams meet in Philadelphia on Feb. 11 and April 3.
NOTES: Philadelphia Fs Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk remained sidelined due to concussions . The Rangers wore their Winter Classic white sweaters for the first time at home. . The Rangers are a league-best 24-1-2 when scoring first. . The Rangers have outscored the Flyers 24-8 in winning their last six contests. . Lundqvist has held opponents to two or few goals in 26 games this season.