Chris Kreider scored again to continue his hot start, Igor Shesterkin made 33 saves and the New York Rangers host continued his momentum with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in a skid on Wednesday night.
Kreider scored his 16th goal in the first quarter of the third period when he dove for the puck and landed a wrist shot from the low lunge of Philadelphia goalie Carter Hart. It was Kreider’s ninth goal in his last 12 games, and he joined Leon Draisaitl of Edmonton and Alex Ovechkin of Washington as the third player to score more than 15 goals so far.
Dryden Hunt scored a power-play goal in New York’s first two-goal period, then was convicted of game misconduct for charging shortly after Kreider’s last goal. Defender Jacob Trouba also scored while Kappo Kakko collected two assists as Rangers won for the eighth time in nine games.
Artemi Panarin finished with a tally in an empty net after removing the puck from Claude Giroux of Philadelphia with 44 seconds left.
Shesterkin became the third goaltender to reach 12 wins and has helped the Rangers win four straight games for the third time this season making 13 saves in three power plays in Philadelphia. He heard chants of “Igor, Igor” all night long and was named the game’s first star.
Morgan Frost scored for the Flyers, who lost their seventh straight game. Philadelphia also lost Joel Farabee to an upper body injury after hitting the boards about 8.5 minutes into the opening period.
Hart allowed three goals on 27 shots.
Kreider’s last goal came 34 seconds into the second period when Shesterkin made 15 saves. Eight of them came in Philadelphia’s five-minute power play, including two with Trouba’s stick after Shesterkin lost his stick in the corner.
During Philadelphia’s extended power play, Shesterkin stopped Sean Couturier, Scott Laughton, Morgan Frost, Keith Yandle once and made two saves each on Cam Atkinson and Giroux.
Trouba opened the scoring at 3:41 of the game when he landed a slapshot from the middle of the ice near the neutral zone through traffic over Hart’s glove.
About 30 seconds after Hart used his glove to seize his opportunity at close range, Hunt scored by passing his forehand while fending off a failure from defenseman Ivan Provorov and placing a right-circle wrist shot under the pads of Hart.