Nash, Stepan Dominate Flyers
It was milestone night in Philadelphia, but unfortunately for them, the milestones all belonged to the Rangers.
On a night where three Rangers reached impressive plateaus, the Flyers hit rock bottom. They dropped an embarrassing loss to the Rangers, losing 5-2 to knock them down to 14th place in the Eastern Conference.
The win for New York was the 400th career win for their head coach, John Tortorella.
Derek Stepan had a tremendous game for the Rangers, putting up a dominating four-point night.
Stepan was in the right position to create the turnover that lead to the Rangers first goal late in the first period.
Kimmo Timonen went behind the net to play the puck back but Stepan knocked down the puck and sent it to the point to Dan Girardi. Girardi took the shot which was deflected wide by Ilya Bryzgalov.
After getting the puck back, Girardi cycled over to Stepan, who passed to a cutting Rick Nash. Nash turned and fired the puck past Bryzgalov's stick side and gave New York a 1-0 lead.
It was the 300th career goal for Nash.
The Rangers rode the momentum of a late period goal into the second period. Stepan was in on those goals too.
Stepan set up New York's second goal, this one coming on the power play. At the top of the point, Stepan sent over a pass to Brad Richards which he blasted over the shoulder of Bryzgalov to make it a 2-0 game.
Stepan was rewarded for his passing efforts only a couple minutes after.
Nash fired a shot on net that Bryzgalov couldn't corral. Stepan pounced on the loose rebound and put it into the back of the net to beat a sprawling Bryzgalov.
The Flyers got their spark late in the third period. With 2:07 remaining in the period and on the power play, Wayne Simmonds redirected a Jakub Voracek pass past Lundqvist to cut the lead to 3-1.
Simmonds' goal came on his first shift after leaving the game early in the second. Luke Schenn went to clear the puck and fired it right into the grill of Simmonds, cutting him above the lip and earning him stitches.
Simmonds wasn't the only one to have a close call with a high flying puck. Voracek made it a 3-2 game with 13:32 left in the final period after a Giroux slap shot hit him in the face and careened passed Lundqvist.
The Rangers got that goal right back, silencing the Philly crowd for good.
Nash skated behind the net and beat Bryzgalov on the wrap around to make it a 4-2 game. A Chris Kreider tally six minutes later made it a 5-2 game, sealing what was left of the Flyers chances.
Richards had the assist on Kreider's goal, giving him 800 points in his career.