Better Effort, Same Result For Frustrated Rangers
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PHILADELPHIA (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Rangers just can’t figure out how to pick themselves up — even against the cellar-dwelling Philadelphia Flyers.
The Rangers hung in there but it wasn’t enough as Braydon Coburn broke a tie early in the third period. Philadelphia picked up just its second win of the season, beating the Rangers 2-1 on Thursday night.
“We’re not doing enough,” Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. “It was a better effort. But if you don’t get results, it becomes pretty frustrating.”
In place of injured regular Henrik Lundqvist, New York’s Cam Talbot was solid in his NHL debut and made 25 saves. One of his best stops came less than three minutes in on a point-blank shot in the middle from Sean Couturier.
“That first save was big, just to kind of feel the puck,” Talbot said. “It’s a big confidence boost making the first save, obviously, and I should’ve made the rest after that.”
Despite the rookie’s strong effort, the Rangers (2-6) lost for the fifth time in six games. New York has one game left on its season-starting, nine-game road trip before its home opener on Monday.
The Rangers, who got a goal from Brad Richards, thought they had gotten even at 2, but a video replay determined that J.T. Miller kicked the puck into the net.
“I didn’t necessarily think I kicked it,” said Miller. “They obviously saw something I didn’t.”
On the winning goal, Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds obstructed Talbot’s view on Coburn’s slap shot. The defenseman beat Talbot stick-side at 3:33 of the third for his second goal of the season.
“We want to build on the effort level, but everybody’s frustrated,” Richards said. “When you’re 2-6 it’s hard not to be frustrated.”
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