NEW YORK — Travis Konecny scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and Flyers goaltender Alex Lyon made 25 saves in relief and the Philadelphia Flyers went on to down the New York Rangers 7-4 on Sunday.
Konecny's 15th goal of the season at 15:40 of the second snapped a 4-4 tie as the surging Flyers won for the sixth time in seven games. Konecny also had two assists.
Claude Giroux and Jori Lehtera scored in the third to finish off the win, Lyon's first in the NHL. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist allowed all seven goals.
The Flyers are 22-8-3 since Dec. 4, when they won at Calgary to end a 10-game winless streak. Philadelphia also extended their winning streak on the road to five games.
The Rangers have lost four straight. They are 3-11-0 since beating Buffalo at home on Jan. 18.
Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the first game the Rangers played at the current Madison Square Garden; on Feb. 18, 1968, a 3-1 win over the Flyers.
This game started in throwback Rangers-Flyers fashion with a fight at
There were two more bouts in the opening 20 minutes — a tussle between Rangers
Each team also scored three times in the first.
Kevin Hayes gave the Rangers the early lead when he redirected a point shot by
Philadelphia knotted the score at 4:53 when
Rick Nash, the subject of trade
Scott Laughton tied the score again at 12:11 with his 10th goal.
The Flyers went ahead at 14:53 when Brandon Manning rifled a shot past Lundqvist after a fine setup by Giroux.
The Rangers tied it yet again on a pretty goal by Mats Zuccarello after a slick feed from Peter Holland. The goal was Zuccarello's 10th and only his second since Dec. 16.
Neuvirth left the game after the first period. He was replaced by Lyon in the Flyers net.
Philadephia went ahead 4-3 at 2:01 of the second on a goal by rookie Nolan Patrick, his sixth.
New York tied it at 4 when Holland scored his first of the season and first as a Ranger at 5:47.
The matchup was the second of four between the teams this season. The Rangers won the previous meeting, 5-1 at the Garden on Jan. 16.
NOTES: The teams meet in Philadelphia on March 22 and in the season finale April 7. ... The Rangers continued to be without forward Chris Kreider who has missed 23 games with a blood clot in his right arm and injured
Rangers: visit Montreal on Thursday.
Flyers: host Montreal on Tuesday.
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Allan Kreda, The Associated Press