The New York Rangers desperately needed two points on Sunday afternoon, and thanks to some skill in the shootout, some solid defensive play and some luck at the buzzer, they were able to earn those points against the rival Philadelphia Flyers.
Erik Christensen and Wojtek Wolski both scored on Sergei Bobrovsky in the shootout after the Rangers held off a strong surge from the Flyers in the third period and overtime. New York entered the final 20 minutes of the game with a 2-1 lead, but the Flyers were able to tie the game on a goal from former Ranger Nikolay Zherdev four minutes into the period.
It was the 16th goal of the season for Zherdev, which is incredible when you consider that he's sat out of the lineup for a good chunk of time as a healthy scratch. He and coach Peter Laviolette haven't exactly seen eye to eye on things this season, but his performance against the Rangers probably earned him some more playing time as the season winds down.
Bryan McCabe got the Rangers on the board on this one with a power play goal that just barely beat the buzzer in the second period. With the win, the Rangers held on to the 8th-seed in the Eastern Conference, while the single point helped the Flyers leap the Capitals to regain the top seed in the East. Playoff preview, anyone?