Rangers Fall To Flyers In Shootout
Less than 24 hours after a 5-3 loss in Toronto, the Rangers returned home to MSG for their final game before the NHL’s Christmas break. Hosting the rival Flyers, the Blueshirts were ready to go when the puck dropped but weren’t able to get the two points when it was all set and done.
Chris Kreider – The Rangers drew first blood in this one on Chris Kreider’s team leading 17th tally of the season. Taking a gorgeous pass from fellow Boston College alumnus, and the team’s hottest player Kevin Hayes, Kreider broke in on Michal Neuvirth and beat him with a shot to the blocker side to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the first period.
What's more impressive, the pass or the ability to stay onside? pic.twitter.com/FOzXmiIfRj— NHL (@NHL) December 24, 2018
Kreider has goals in two straight and three in his last four games. The power forward is on pace for the best offensive production of his career. It’s easy to see that new head coach David Quinn has had an impact on Kreider’s play this season.
Boo Nieves – His last NHL goal was over a year ago against the Penguins, but Boo Nieves tied the game up for the Rangers in the third. Just 22 seconds after Wayne Simmonds gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead with a power play goal following another too many men penalty, Nieves was the beneficiary of a great play by Lias Andersson. The young Swede made a hit in the corner on Travis Sanheim, took the puck away, and sauced it over to Nieves in front for the goal.
Henrik Lundqvist – Despite having not played since last Sunday’s loss to the Golden Knights, Henrik Lundqvist was sharp in this one. Lundqvist made 29 saves on 31 Philadelphia shots, including this doozy on Claude Giroux in the first period.
King Henrik has been one of the more consistent Rangers this season, providing his team with a chance to win every single night.
Next Game: The Rangers will take a few days to enjoy the holidays with their families before taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night at The Garden. Puck drops at 7!
LETS GO RANGERS!!