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Rangers best Flyers in Winter Classic warm-up

Dec 23, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers came to play in what Ryan Callahan called a “playoff atmosphere,” but the Philadelphia Flyers seemed to show up late on Friday night. The Rangers took the 4-2 win in the two teams’ last match before the 2012 Winter Classic on Jan. 2.

The Rangers built a 3-0 lead that included a beauty of a goal by Marian Gaborik. Gaborik seemed to favor his shoulder following a tumble into the boards after what would eventually become the game-winning tally, but there’s no word that the fragile forward is in any trouble. That’s Gabby’s 21st goal of the season, placing him in an early lead for the Maurice Richard Trophy.

The Flyers couldn’t solve Henrik Lundqvist (28 saves) until Andrej Meszaros found the net on the power play 10:21 into the third period. Jaromir Jagr heard some boos in his first game back at Madison Square Garden, but the veteran said that MSG fans were nowhere near as … inhospitable as Pittsburgh Penguins fans.

That win places the Rangers at the top of the Atlantic Division as they’re at 21 wins and 46 points with a game in hand on the Flyers:

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The 2012 Winter Classic already comes with the added bonus of a natural rivalry, but judging from the current standings, there will be plenty on the line. Hopefully Philly will be focused all game long then or we could be in for another one-sided contest, though.

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  1. jkay1818 - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Based on their current play, speed and how physical they are and add the awesome goaltending, a Rangers vs Bruins playoff series would be a real treat. NYR are playing without 4 of their top 6 defensemen, should get interesting as the year progresses.

  2. hanktheking - Dec 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    You never have nice things to say about Gabby. Dude is playing very well this season, going to the net getting garbage just as much as he is scoring “beautiful” goals. Go Rangers!

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