FLYERS 4 – RANGERS 3
Chalk it up to just one of those nights in the NHL. Sunday’s match-up between the Rangers and Flyers featured two teams in completely opposite directions: the Rangers — one of the best teams in the NHL, fighting for a division title and seeding in the playoffs, while the Flyers have been one of the NHL’s worst teams this season.
That didn’t matter on Sunday as Philadelphia stunned the Blue Shirts 4-3 in a shootout. Kevin Hayes scored the only goal in the shootout, slapping the puck passed the outstretched glove of Igor Shesterkin to stun New York.
The Rangers had trailed Philadelphia 3-0 after Joe Farabee scored his 16th goal of the year some 44 seconds into the second period, before mounting an incredible comeback. The Rangers scored three consecutive goals, all of them in the second period.
Artemi Panarin scored the first goal of the night for New York on a deflection via a pass by Jacob Trouba to make it a 3-1 game.
Moments later, Mika Zibanejad put the puck into the net after it had deflected off the mask of the goalie Martin Jones to cut the deficit to one.
Finally, Andrew Coop shot the puck into the net off a nifty pass by Panarin to tie the game up at three with a little less than five minutes to go in the second period.
Unfortunately for New York, the offense would disappear after the second period. Of the 46 shots that New York attempted, Martin Jones saved 43 in net for Philadelphia.
ISLANDERS 4 – DEVILS 3
Meanwhile the Islanders continue to play spirited hockey, despite the fact their playoff chances are slim to none. On Sunday the Isles held off the New Jersey Devils 4-3 at Barclays Center. New York jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to three consecutive goals by Jean-Gabriel Pageau to propel the Isles to its fourth straight victory.
The Devils would chip away with goals by Jesper Boqvist and Tomas Tatar, but it wasn’t enough as Kyle Palmieri put the Islanders up for good on a shot underneath the legs of Devils’ goalie Nico Daws. Meanwhile in Net for the Isles as ex-Devil Cory Schneider, in his first game action of the season. The ex-Devils goalie enacted some vengeance on his old team, holding New Jersey to three goals on 30 shots, with 27 saves.