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Instant Replay: Rangers 5, Flyers 2
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NEW YORK — Some games, they don’t show up. Some they allow their emotion to seize them. Some they show up and still lose.

And some, like Saturday’s matinee against the Rangers, the Flyers get a goalie performance that gives them a chance, and still can’t buy a win.

The Rangers earned a weekend sweep of the Flyers with a 5-2 victory at Madison Square Garden just in time for the Flyers' three-game road trip to California.

While the Flyers were far more competitive than Saturday’s 3-0 defeat in Philly, they were horribly outplayed and outshot (34-20). They are 1-7-1 in their last nine games and have been outscored, 31-16.

Ray Emery made his first start in five games for the Flyers since losing 3-2 against Minnesota on Nov. 20. He gave them a chance with 29 saves.

He could not offset Derick Brassard, who had two goals to break a seven-game goalless streak.

Flyers coach Craig Berube benched defenseman Andrew MacDonald for Luke Schenn and forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare for Chris VandeVelde.

Also, Vinny Lecavalier’s ice time was badly shaved. He had just 3:31 going into the final period.

1st goal
In all 11 of the Flyers' road games this season, the opponent has scored first.

One point
The Flyers earned one point in three, key Metro Division games this past week — a shootout loss to the Islanders. They also lost in regulation to Detroit.

Notable goals
Defenseman Nicklas Grossmann now has two goals this season. With less than seven minutes left in the first period, he retrieved a loose puck in the high slot off a deflected pass that more or less died. Grossmann spied it, eyed up fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist, and beat him over his right shoulder to tie the game, 1-1. That goal ended the Rangers' shutout streak this season of 133 minutes, 46 seconds.

Goalie report
Emery gave the Flyers every chance to stay in this game and every hope to get a victory.

Power play
The Flyers were 1 for 1. The Rangers were 1 for 4.

Penalty kill
Thanks to Claude Giroux’s double-minor right at the get-go, the Rangers had a four-minute power play. The Flyers' beleaguered PK units gave up one goal during that power play. That’s 12 power-play goals against over the last nine games.

The Flyers had three high-stick penalties.

Defensemen MacDonald and Carlo Colaiacovo; forward Bellemare. All healthy.

Up next
The Flyers leave for the West Coast on Saturday night, where they will play San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. San Jose is up first Tuesday night.