Efficient. Methodical. Complete. Those are three words that best describe the Philadelphia Flyers' 4-1 win at home over the New York Rangers Thursday night. Philly held New York to a season-low 21 shots, a sign that top defenseman Chris Pronger is returning to form after offseason knee surgery. Pierre LeBrun has more in the recap of ESPN.com's game of the week.
With the Penguins' power play again struggling and Marc-Andre Fleury's early troubles in net, the Flyers are emerging as the top team in the Atlantic. To this point, and particularly during its current five-game winning streak, Philly has shown a very balanced attack, getting scoring from multiple lines while limiting opponents' scoring chances. For the season the Flyers rank sixth in both goals scored and allowed per game. They've outscored the opposition 22-9 over the five-game streak, which should give the faltering Islanders plenty to worry about when those teams tangle Saturday.
Back to the Blueshirts, here's a survey of the media after a flat night Thursday.
Larry Brooks says the Rangers failed to make a statement Thursday night.
In Jesse Spector's notes he observes that Brandon Prust may actually be the Rangers' enforcer since no one ever wants to fight Boogaard. That of course raises the question: If Boogaard isn't fighting and he sure as heck isn't scoring ... what, would you say, he does here?
Andrew Gross offers some postgame comments from head coach John Tortorella, who called the game a "crappy" one.