Van Riemsdyk scores twice on power play in Flyers win against Rangers


NEW YORK — James van Riemsdyk scored two power-play goals, including one that went in off his face, and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Brian Elliott made 33 saves and Ivan Provorov had two assists for the Flyers (21-18-7), who had lost two in a row.

Brendan Smith and Artemi Panarin scored, and Igor Shesterkin made 33 saves for the Rangers (23-18-6). 

The teams will play here again Friday.

Van Riemsdyk scored his second of the game at 10:29 of the third period on a net-front deflection of Provorov’s wrist shot from the point to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead.

Jakub Voracek made it 3-1 at 14:07 before Panarin scored on a one-timer from the left point to cut it to 3-2 at 18:00.

Van Riemsdyk returned to the game less than seven minutes before scoring his second goal. He left for repairs to his face immediately after tying the game 1-1 at 15:56 of the second period.

K’Andre Miller deflected Travis Konecny‘s shot and the puck went up and off the side of van Riemsdyk’s face. Van Riemsdyk was wearing a shield covering his jaw when he returned.

Shesterkin stopped Joel Farabee on a penalty shot at 19:05 of the second period to keep the game tied 1-1.

Smith gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 9:55 of the first period.

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