Brassard, Rangers too much for Flyers 5-2
NEW YORK (AP) -- Derick Brassard scored twice to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon.
Jesper Fast, J.T. Miller and Lee Stempniak also scored for New York, which swept the Flyers in a home-and home matchup on consecutive days.
The Rangers have also won the first three matchups of the season against Philadelphia. The teams will play once more this season, Feb. 28 in Philadelphia.
Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves for New York.
Nicklas Grossmann and Jakub Voracek scored for Philadelphia, which has lost four in a row. Ray Emery made 30 saves.
Brassard's second goal of the game broke a 2-2 tie at 3:06 of the third. The play began with a 3-on-2 break from New York's defensive zone. As the Rangers entered the offensive zone, Kevin Hayes found Brassard with a cross-ice pass and the New York center fired a shot over a sliding Luke Schenn and past Emery.
Miller made it 4-2 at 9:54 with a wraparound that beat Emery. Miller's goal was his first of the season. Stempniak added an empty-netter with 23.9 seconds left.
Fast's goal was the first of his career.
Brassard opened the scoring at 2:50 of the first by sending Rick Nash's pass past Emery. The goal came on a four-minute power play, as Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux was assessed a double-minor for high-sticking John Moore.
Grossmann tied it at 13:46 of the first, with a shot that beat Lundqvist high. The goal ended New York's shutout streak against Philadelphia this season at 135:39.
Philadelphia went ahead 2-1 on Voracek's power-play shot from the right circle 8:45 into the second. But the lead didn't last long as Fast got New York even at 2-2 at 11:38.
New York was 1 for 4 on the power play. Philadelphia went 1 for 1 on the man advantage. The Rangers outshot the Flyers 35-23.
NOTES: The Rangers did not have Tanner Glass and Dan Boyle due to illness. During his pregame news conference, New York coach Alain Vigneault reported Glass has a case of the mumps while Boyle has the flu. Glass joins Anaheim Ducks players Francois Beauchemin and Corey Perry, and Minnesota Wild players Jonas Brodin and Marco Scandella to have mumps this season. ... Miller dressed in place of Chris Kreider, who learned of his grandfather's death following New York's 3-0 win over Philadelphia Friday afternoon. ... Philadelphia scratched defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and Andrew MacDonald, and left wing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.
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