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.