Flyers coach Craig Berube talked about creating traffic in front of the net and getting point shots through.
That’s exactly what happened in the third period as Wayne Simmonds caused havoc in the crease in front of Rangers goalie Cam Talbot and Braydon Coburn scored from the point to break a 1-1 tie.
When you’re playing an opponent that is missing four key players and things are so bad in goal they have to start a rookie in his NHL debut, you should score maybe three or four goals.
Not the Flyers.
They had to settle for a pair during their 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center that snapped their four-game losing skid.
The gang that couldn’t shoot straight hit the right post twice in the second period. Kimmo Timonen shot from the point and Luke Schenn had one up close.
The Flyers were once again brutal on the power play. They even squandered a five-minute power play that stretched from the end of the second period into the third. In all, they had four shots on that power play but couldn’t score. The Flyers' power play is now one for its last 25.
Matt Read came into the game without a single point through seven games. He ended that drought in the first period with a shorthanded goal when Rangers center Derrick Brassard turned the puck over at the blue line.
“At the blue line I made a decision … went five-hole,” said Read, who scored on Cam Talbot when Read played for Bemidji State and Talbot played for Alabama-Huntsville back in 2009. The two played 13 times against each other in college with Read scoring 12 goals.
That would best describe Brad Richards' fifth goal of the season in the final 1:04 of the first period that left a bitter taste in fans’ mouths. The Flyers were ahead 1-0 when Richards put a tough-angle shot on net that went off Braydon Coburn’s knee, short side on goalie Steve Mason. Coburn was kicking at the puck.
Rangers winger Benoit Pouliot was tossed from the game in the second period after receiving a five-minute major for boarding. Max Talbot slipped near the Rangers' bench as Pouliot then pushed him face-first into the bench. Talbot was visibly stunned, bloodied at the mouth and couldn’t stand. He had to helped off the ice to the dressing room. Twice in the corridor, he was wobbly on his feet. Pouliot is facing a suspension. Incredibly, Talbot returned to play in the third period, apparently, unconcussed.
Derek Dorsett won a decision over Zac Rinaldo in the first period. What happened here is that Rinaldo, who lays people out with clean, hard checks, missed a big one on Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and Dorsett wanted him to know that wasn’t OK.
Wayne Simmonds got the best of Brandon Mashinter in the second period, while Dorsett earned a 10-minute misconduct, essentially for trying to fight anything that moved on the ice.
J.T. Miller’s power-play goal in the third period was overturned on video review for kicking the puck into the net. That would have tied the game at 2-2.
For the Flyers, it was winger Jay Rosehill and defensemen Andrej Meszaros and Hall Gill.
Max Talbot (stitches to the face).