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FINAL
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Philadelphia Flyers PHI 0 0 2 2
30 SHOTS 24
23 FACEOFFS 29
24 HITS 35
18 PIM 18
1/4 PP 1/4
6 GIVEAWAYS 5
2 TAKEAWAYS 11
15 BLOCKED SHOTS 16
       

Rangers take down Flyers as they take over first place

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

2011-12 Game No. 33; Home Game No. 15 Rangers' Record: 21-8-4
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in his second win over powerful Philadelphia this season, and rookie defenseman Stu Bickel had two more assists for the Rangers, who beat the Flyers 4-2 and moved into first place in the Atlantic Division on Friday night.

Bickel, in his third NHL game, helped set up goals by Derek Stepan and Ruslan Fedotenko in the second period. He has four assists since being recalled from the AHL.

Marian Gaborik added his league-leading 21st goal early in the third period and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Rangers (21-8-4), who jumped over the Flyers (21-9-4) in the Atlantic with their fourth straight win. Fans chanted, "First Place!" as the final minutes ticked down.

The Flyers own the NHL's best road record this season (13-4-2), but you wouldn't know it from their two trips to Madison Square Garden, where they have scored only two goals.

The Rangers broke a scoreless deadlock with the first of their two deflected goals in the second period.

Stepan made it 1-0 at 10:18 when he got the blade of his stick on a right-point drive by Bickel and squeezed the puck just inside the right post, past the surprised Ilya Bryzgalov.

Bickel struck again 5:12 later when another shot from the right point caught the stick of Fedotenko, surged into the net off the back bar and bounded back out.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The Rangers improved to 16-1-1 (a .917 winning percentage) in games when scoring first. Their .917 winning percentage ranks second in the NHL, while their 16 wins are tied for second in the league.

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. Lundqvist 2. Bickel 3. Dubinsky


THE BIGGER PICTURE
The Rangers team that has put together this four-game winning streak is the kind of team that wins championships. This team battles to the end, can win in any type of game, and sticks up for each other in ways that reflect a very special bond.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Del Zotto (25:47)
Shots -- Dubinsky (5)
Hits -- Bickel (6)
Blocks -- Three players tied (3)
Takeaways -- Stralman (4)
Faceoffs -- Stepan (15)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. PHILADELPHIA
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle John Mitchell
Ruslan Fedotenko Mike Rupp Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Tim Erixon Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, Del Zotto, Stralman, Dubinsky, Boyle, Mitchell.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh Anton Stralman
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Ryan Callahan Brandon Dubinsky
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan
Ruslan Fedotenko Carl Hagelin
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
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