Rangers salvage split of back-to-back with Flyers

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NEW YORK — Alexis Lafreniere and Pavel Buchnevich each had a goal and an assist to help the New York Rangers get their first win in three games, 4-1 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on Friday.

The Rangers lost 3-2 to the Flyers here Thursday after losing 6-1 at the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

Chris Kreider and Filip Chytil scored, Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin each had two assists, and Alexandar Georgiev made 26 saves for the Rangers (24-18-6).

Oskar Lindblom scored, and Alex Lyon made 20 saves for the Flyers (21-19-7).

Kreider scored on the power play to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 6:02 of the first period. Panarin’s diagonal pass from the left face-off circle found Kreider with his stick on the ice at the right post for a redirection and his 20th goal of the season.

Lindblom scored off a pass from Jakub Voracek 45 seconds later to make it 1-1 at 6:47. 

Buchnevich skated out of the corner and along the goal line toward the right post to score his 20th of the season 49 seconds after Lindblom’s goal, giving the Rangers a 2-1 lead at 7:56. Lafreniere, playing his second straight game on the top line, started the play by getting the puck to Zibanejad in the right circle as he was falling down. Zibanejad got it to Buchnevich in the corner.

New York killed a 5-on-3 for 1:22 late in the second period.

Lafreniere made it 3-1 at 9:24 of the third period, tucking the puck around the right post after Robert Hagg couldn’t stop Buchnevich’s pass through the slot.

Philadelphia had a goal disallowed at 12:27 because of goaltender interference on James van Riemsdyk.

Chytil scored with a shot off Lyon from the goal line to make it 4-1 at 13:40.

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