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New York at Philadelphia

Emery stops 24 shots as Flyers shut out Rangers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Daniel Carcillo's bloody knuckles came at the expense of an unlikely victim.

Ray Emery made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season, and James van Riemsdyk and Mike Richards scored in the Philadelphia Flyers' 2-0 victory against the New York Rangers 2-0 on Thursday.

But Carcillo's fight against Rangers star Marian Gaborik overshadowed another strong effort by the resurgent Flyers.

Rangers coach John Tortorella was furious that Philadelphia's enforcer went after his best player and sarcastically called Carcillo "a brave guy."

"There's no honor in that," Tortorella said. "I don't play the game, I don't wear the uniform, I don't want to say too much about it, but there's simply no honor in that."

Carcillo floored Gaborik with a hard uppercut early in the second period after the two-time All-Star surprisingly dropped his gloves first.

"I didn't really expect to fight who I fought, but it kind of worked out," Carcillo said. "I don't know who on that line would have been able to help him though. I wasn't expecting him to drop his gloves, but when he did, I pretty much was licking my chops."

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette defended his player.

"Gabby dropped his gloves first," Laviolette said. "Danny can either get punched in the face or fight."

Carcillo's knockout sparked a feisty period. Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell knocked Sean Avery down with two solid rights to the face several minutes later. Avery then got the better of Carcillo in the final minute of the period. Carcillo said he was reluctant to throw punches because of the cuts on his hand.

Avery tried to goad Richards into a fight with seven seconds left in the game, but Philadelphia's captain kept his cool.

"Any time you fight their best player, you're going to have guys come after you and that's the nature of the game and Avery did his thing, and that was it," Carcillo said.

Making his third consecutive start since returning from abdominal surgery, Emery cooled off a team that had scored 14 goals in consecutive wins.

"The guys played really physical and stayed out of the [penalty] box as well," Emery said. "Any time you can do that, you put yourself in a good spot."

The Flyers have moved into the Eastern Conference playoff picture by going 10-3-1 since losing to Florida on Dec. 21.

Despite their recent success, the Rangers have been shut out three times in the past six games. They were 6-2-3 since the Flyers dominated them in a 6-0 victory on Dec. 30.

A trip to Philly usually results in victory for the Rangers. They're 14-3-1 at the Wachovia Center since March 27, 2004.

"I thought they did a really great job in the neutral zone, they play a lock style, they defended the red line well," Tortorella said. "We have to give them a lot of credit there."

Van Riemsdyk gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead with a breakaway goal late in the first period. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped van Riemsdyk's first shot, but he scored on a backhander off the rebound.

Richards scored a power-play goal with three seconds left in the second period to make it 2-0. His slap shot from just inside the left faceoff circle went through a screen, hit defenseman Marc Staal's skate and trickled in.

Notes

  • Emery has 10 career shutouts. His previous one was against Carolina in Philadelphia's season opener.
  • The Flyers are 12-10-2 since Laviolette replaced John Stevens as coach.
  • Richards' goal was his 20th, giving him the team lead.
  • Lundqvist fell to 7-2 in Philly.
  • The Flyers are 2-0 during their six-game homestand.
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Hatred between Rangers vs. Flyers? Sean Avery and Dan Carcillo is one of four fights in the game. (AP)
Hatred between Rangers vs. Flyers? Sean Avery and Dan Carcillo is one of four fights in the game. (AP)
Scoreboard
NY Rangers (24-20-7)0000
Philadelphia  (25-21-3) «1102
Three Stars
M. Richards
PHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
J. van Riemsdyk
PHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
R. Emery
PHI


Saves: 24
Save Pct.: 1.000
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
15:10James van Riemsdyk (12), Slap Shot. Assist: Pronger, Emery
2ND PERIOD
19:57Power Play - Mike Richards (20), Slap Shot. Assist: Timonen
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
05:43Carcillo, 5 min, Fighting
05:43Gaborik, 5 min, Fighting
05:43Dubinsky, 2 min, Roughing
05:43Dubinsky, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
05:43Tollefsen, 2 min, Roughing
06:57Hartnell, 4 min, High-Sticking
09:19Christensen, 2 min, High-Sticking
12:18Hartnell, 5 min, Fighting
12:18Avery, 5 min, Fighting
19:00Avery, 5 min, Fighting
19:00Carcillo, 5 min, Fighting
19:01Gaborik, 2 min, Slashing
3RD PERIOD
03.0Asham, 5 min, Fighting
03.0Voros, 5 min, Fighting
19:52Betts, 2 min, High-Sticking
Shots On Goal
 123T
New York611724
Philadelphia129627
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Henrik Lundqvist57:53252
Ray Emery60:00240
Game Information
Attendance - 19631
Referees - Paul Devorski, Gord Dwyer
Linesmen - Derek Nansen, Mike Cvik
 
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