The Rangers fell to the Flyers 2-1, dropping their record to a concerning, if not alarming, 2-6-0 on the young season.
Talbot played well in his NHL debut, but the Nash/Callahan/Hagelin-less Rangers only scored one goal in front of their goalie. Talbot stopped 25 of 27 shots thrown on goal in total.
The Flyers opened the scoring 9:07 into the first period, when Derick Brassard fumbled the puck on the right point and Matt Read broke down the ice on partial breakaway which he finished by putting a wristshot from the left circle between Talbot’s legs. Brad Richards tied the game up late in the period with his 5th goal of the season after he fired the puck towards Mason from a terrible angle after receiving the puck along the boards.
Benoit Pouliot was ejected from the game late in the second period after he gave a nudge to Max Talbot in a vulnerable position, sending the center awkwardly into the boards. Talbot was helped off the ice but returned for the third period. Pouliot was given five for boarding and a game misconduct. The Rangers killed off the major.
The score remained tied until three minutes into the third when the Flyers recovered a scrambled puck in the Rangers zone and sent it back to Braydon Coburn at the point, who fired a slapshot through traffic and past Talbot. The Rangers best chances to tie the game came from J.T. Miller, getting the puck from Brian Boyle in both instances. The first of which, Miller put into the net, but was called back because Miller kicked it in. Miller fanned on the second after the rebound off Boyle’s stick bounced towards him in front.
The Rangers outshot the Flyers 31-27.
Chris Kreider drew into the lineup for the first time this season, and played a strong game. He had an assist on the Richards goal and was overall a lot more assertive than we saw in training camp and the 2012-13 season. Kreider played 19:18 on the night, including 2:31 on the powerplay. Michael Del Zotto also made his return to the lineup after a two game absence. I thought he was a standout in a negative manner in the first period, but rebounded later in the game and contributed to a number of offensive chances.
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