Henrik Lundqvist makes 40 saves as Rangers top Flyers 3-2

PHILADELPHIA — The King is all right.

Less than 48 hours after he was pulled in the second period against Pittsburgh following his fourth goal allowed on seven shots, Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves as the Rangers defeated the Flyers, 3-2, in a Black Friday matinee.

Shayne Gostisbehere brought the Flyers within one with 2:04 left in the game while the Flyers had an extra attacker on, but their furious final push was held off by Lundqvist, who made 19 saves in the third.

Derek Stepan scored the first goal at 13:16 of the first when J.T. Miller picked off a Scott Laughton pass behind Steve Mason’s net, which led to Radko Gudas vacating the net-front to chase the puck, leaving open ice for Stepan to enter and finish Miller’s feed into a half-open net.

In his first game as a Ranger, Matt Puempel scored his first goal of the year one minute and 34 seconds later off a beautiful feed from Jimmy Vesey, who backhanded the by Gostisbehere from the right boards as Puempel outraced Andrew MacDonald and beat Mason glove side with a quick wrister. Puempel, whom the Rangers claimed off waivers from Ottawa on Monday, entered the lineup for Oscar Lindberg.

Kevin Hayes celebrates his second period goal against the Flyers.

Kevin Hayes celebrates his second period goal against the Flyers.

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As these Rangers-Flyers games tend to go, there was no shortage of physicality, especially in the first period when the Blueshirts drew their first two fighting majors of the year. Brandon Pirri was involved in the first as Travis Konecny started up with him after Pirri boarded Brandon Manning. Pirri got two for boarding and five for fighting while Konecny got two for instigating, five for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct.

Chris Kreider agreed to drop gloves with Manning with 1.8 seconds left in the first after the two had been chippy throughout the period. Kreider landed the final blow with a big left hook.

The Rangers (15-6-1) took a 3-0 lead at 12:33 of the second when Mark Streit essentially gifted Nick Holden the puck with a lazy pass from behind Mason’s net, and Holden quickly fed Hayes down low for the tip-in.

Chris Vandevelde scored for the Flyers at 1:34 of the third when MacDonald’s pass went off Vandevelde’s skate and in. The play was reviewed but it was deemed Vandevelde wasn’t guilty of a distinct kicking motion.

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