PHILADELPHIA – Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek scored to help the Philadelphia Flyers win their first game of the season, 2-1 over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
The Flyers not only avoided their first 0-4 start in team history, they beat the Rangers for the first time in two seasons. The Rangers defeated the Flyers all six games last season, including a win in the Winter Classic.
Both teams are last in the Atlantic Division at 1-3.
The Flyers needed the good news after they learned All-Star forward Scott Hartnell is expected to miss four to eight weeks because of a broken left foot.
Forward Brayden Schenn also served a one-game suspension for charging New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov. Philadelphia also played without forward Danny Briere (broken left wrist).
But the Flyers had enough to beat Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers. Taylor Pyatt scored his third of the season for New York.
The Flyers scored twice in the second period after tallying only three goals in their first three games.
Nicklas Grossmann’s shot from the point knocked off a couple of Rangers before Simmonds deflected the puck into the net.
Just about every Flyers player touched the puck on a scrum in front of the net. Simmonds and Sean Couturier helped keep the puck alive before Voracek poked it in from the crease for the 2-0 lead.
CANADIENS 4, CAPITALS 1: In Washington, Andrei Markov’s resurgence continued with a goal and an assist as Montreal sent Washington to 0-3 for the first time since 1993.
In order, Montreal’s goals came 5-on-3, 5-on-4 and 5-on-5 in a little over 6 minutes to take a 3-0 lead of the second period.
HURRICANES 6, SABRES 3: In Raleigh, N.C., Eric Staal scored three goals, and Jeff Skinner added two as Carolina earned its first victory of the season. Skinner and Staal scored 9 seconds apart during Carolina’s four-goal second period.
ISLANDERS 7, MAPLE LEAFS 4: In Toronto, Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner scored two goals each as New York rallied from a 3-1 first-period deficit.
BLUES 3, PREDATORS 0: In St. Louis, Patrik Berglund scored on a penalty shot and goalie Jaroslav Halak bounced back from a poor game to lead St. Louis.
SENATORS 3, PANTHERS 1: In Sunrise, Fla., Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period as Ottawa won its third straight.