Wayne Simmonds and Brian Boyle were issued five-minute majors and 10-minute misconducts as multiple fights broke out with just 11 seconds remaining in the third period. (USA Today Images)
NEW YORK -- King Henrik Lundqvist continues to reign over the Flyers, who played some of their worst hockey to date Sunday night, getting blown out by the Rangers, 4-1.
It was the Flyers' seventh consecutive loss at Madison Square Garden dating back to 2011. The Rangers have now won 12 of their last 15 games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011.
In a critical weekend back-to-back that would show where the Flyers stood against two clubs that have pretty much owned them, the Flyers ended up sagging badly against the Lightning and Rangers. In the process, they went from second in the Metropolitan Division to fourth.
Goalie Ray Emery, who stopped all seven shots he faced in a relief appearance Saturday, gave up three goals on the Rangers' first nine shots Sunday. Two of those goals came as a result of wide-open ice and little defensive help in front of Emery. The Rangers first two goals came 28 seconds apart.
The Flyers tested Henrik Lundqvist early after falling behind, but could not get a marker that would make a difference when it counted in the opening period.
Flyers had not lost a set of back-to-back games since October. They are now 4-5-0 in the first game of a back-to-back and 6-3-0 in the second game.
Brutal call on Chris VandeVelde at the very end of the first period when he was hit with goaltender interference penalty while he had the puck. That gave the Rangers a 15-second, 5-on-3 power play to start the second period.
Emery was under siege in the first three minutes of the game, as the Rangers scored twice. Ex-Flyer Dan Carcillo swooped in behind the net to grab a puck, wheeled around and five-holed a shot that Emery never saw. Less than half a minute later, Michael Raffl lost Rick Nash along the left boards. Nash was wide open for a screaming laser that went past Emery, making it 2-0.
The Flyers had six shots on their first power play of the game while trailing 2-0 and Lundqvist ate up every puck that came at him. Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds each had two shots. The Flyers had four shots during an early 5-on-3 power play against Tampa Bay on Saturday and couldn’t crack Anders Lindback.
Mark Streit’s drive from the point in the final period made it 4-1. Flyers were 1 for 3 on the power play.
Lecavalier’s assist on Streit’s goal was his first point on the power play since Nov. 27.
Sean Couturier’s assist on Streit’s goal was his first point on the power play since Dec.4.
Not scoring on that early power play was critical because after it expired, on the next Rangers setup at full strength, Derick Brassard took a great feed from Mats Zuccarello on the back boards and one-timed another shot Emery didn’t see to make it 3-0.
As bad as the first period was, the Flyers outshot the Rangers, 17-13.
The Flyers killed off two 5-on-3 situations and were 4 for 4 down a man before Chris Kreider banked the puck in off Braydon Coburn at 13:18 of the second period. That ended the Flyers' streak of 26 consecutive penalty kills without giving up a goal. It also gave the Rangers a 4-0 cushion. The Rangers were 1 for 5 on the power play.
He came into the game with a 25-12-3 record in 42 lifetime games against the Flyers with four shutouts and a 2.52 goals against average. In five appearances against the Flyers last season, he yielded just 10 goals.
Sunday night marked the first time this season he's won three games in succession.
The final tab for Madison Square Garden’s three-year renovation came to $1 billion. The new press box is designed much like those in Canada on a separate canopy almost over the ice.
Carcillo and Luke Schenn fought to a second period draw -- lots of missed punches. John Moore and Brayden Schenn fought at the end with the latter earning a victory. There were a series of scrums with 11 ticks left in the game, as Carcillo and Schenn fought again. Schenn, Carcillo, Wayne Simmonds and Brian Boyle were all issued 10-minute misconducts.
Flyers are off on Monday and will fly to Buffalo where they will play on Tuesday against the Sabres.