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New York Rangers NYR 0 1 2 3
33 SHOTS 36
29 FACEOFFS 37
50 HITS 41
6 PIM 16
0/1 PP 0/2
3 GIVEAWAYS 6
9 TAKEAWAYS 4
20 BLOCKED SHOTS 8
       

Rupp, Richards lift No. 1 Rangers to a Classic victory

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 37; Road Game No. 21 Rangers' Record: 24-9-4
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Mike Rupp scored two goals, and Brad Richards posted the winner on top of a chilly baseball field, as the Rangers outlasted the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

Playing on a rink that stretched from first base to third base, the Rangers made the fifth Classic event a memorable one, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to stay atop the Eastern Conference standings.

The NHL surrounded the rink with Christmas trees, fire wood, fake snow, and even trash-can fires. But there was nothing artificial in the elements with snow flurries late in the second period and temperatures that dipped into the 30s, forcing 49,967 fans to bundle up for the big game.

Rookie Brayden Schenn and Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers.

Flyers center Danny Briere was stopped by Henrik Lundqvist on a penalty shot with 19 seconds left, as New York won for the third time this season against Philadelphia.

While this game meant two points in the standings, it received the kind of hype normally reserved for the Stanley Cup finals.

The Flyers ended the game without star forward Jaromir Jagr, who played only a minute in the second period before leaving the game for good with an undisclosed injury.

Rupp, who scored the winning goal for New Jersey in Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup finals against Anaheim, delivered another clutch goal on the big stage when his wrister from the circle shot under Sergei Bobrovsky's right arm and tied the game 2-2.

Richards wasted no time scoring the winner, knocking in a rebound 3:20 later to put the Rangers up 3-2.

Lundqvist outplayed Bobrovsky, stopping 12 shots in the first and posting a flawless third.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The Rangers established an NHL Winter Classic record with 50 hits, and tied the NHL Winter Classic record for most blocked shots with 20 in the contest (Philadelphia, 2010). New York had eight different players with three or more hits,  also an NHL Winter Classic record, led by Ryan Callahan (11) and Brandon Dubinsky (10). The Rangers also tied the NHL Winter Classic record of three players with three or more blocked shots. Dan Girardi tied the NHL Winter Classic record for blocked shots by an individual with four.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Rupp 2. Lundqvist 3. Richards


THE BIGGER PICTURE
No. 1 in the division. No. 1 in the conference. No. 1 in the NHL. There's a reason for this in additon to the work ethic: It's because this Rangers team is so deep that a fourth-liner like Mike Rupp is capable of being a hero in the biggest regular-season game to date.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (28:35)
Shots -- Hagelin (5)
Hits -- Callahan (11)
Blocks -- Girardi (4)
Takeaways -- Gaborik (3)
Faceoffs -- Boyle (22)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP AT 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
Marc Staal Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Hagelin, Richards, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Ryan Callahan
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Brad Richards
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan Brandon Dubinsky
Marian Gaborik Stepan/Anisimov
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
McDonagh/Staal Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
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