What it means: Rick Nash delivered his first multi-goal game as a New York Ranger, leading the Blueshirts to a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Nash tallied twice in the third to power past the Blueshirts' division rivals; captain Ryan Callahan added a pair of his own in the first. The team's third straight win did not come without a price, however. Already without veteran center Brad Richards, the Rangers lost another alternate captain in defenseman Marc Staal, who left the game with an eye injury in the third period.
Nash ignites offense:: Nash snapped a 2-2 draw in the third with a goal off the rush from the right wing. He extended the Rangers lead 4-2 with a pretty move to beat Fyers goaltender Ilya Brygalov at 11:42. Nash has six points in the three games he has played since returning from an undisclosed injury, believed to be a concussion, suffered last month.
Ouch!: It was an unsettling sight early in the third period when Staal was forced from the game after getting hit in the eye with a tipped puck. Face-down and bleeding onto the ice, Staal eventually got up and skated off on his own, but he did not return to the game.
Cally tallies twice: Callahan scored a pair of goals in the first period to tie him for the team lead. After he opened with a power-play marker just 1:30 into play, he knotted the game at two with a skilled move to sweep the puck past Bryzgalov with less than a minute remaining in the period.
Penalty woes: The Rangers couldn’t stay out of the box in the first twenty minutes and they paid for their lack of discipline. The Flyers capitalized with two power-play goals, the latter of which came after a questionable hooking call on Callahan in the offensive zone. On the bright side, the Rangers’ power-play has cashed in for four goals over the last three games.
Richards out: Richards missed Tuesday night’s game while recovering from the after-effects of the nasty hit he sustained from Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta on Sunday night. The hit, which earned Kaleta a five-game suspension, sent Richards head-first into the boards during the third period of Sunday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres. Before the game, coach John Tortorella said that he was not concerned about the injury being a cause for long-term concern and that Richards is “banged up.” With Richards out, the Rangers recalled bruiser Micheal Haley from the AHL to add some snarl to their lineup against the Rangers’ division rivals.
Man down: Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman left the game with a lower-body injury and did not return. The 28-year-old Swede entered Tuesday night’s match with a league-leading 66 blocked shots. He chipped in with two more before leaving the game after 5:52 of ice time in the first period.
Up next: Rangers vs. Islanders, Thursday at 7 p.m.