Winter Classic Prelude
The Rangers and Flyers battled it out in Madison Square Garden a little more than one week before the outdoor Winter Classic match. This was the second game in the Garden between the two teams this season, and the second win for the Rangers.
Late in the first period Marc-Andre Bourdon gave Brandon Prust a few shoves after HBO's 24/7 star Ilya Bryzgalov covered up the puck. The two swung and spun wildly until Prust caught Bourdon with a couple of rights to end the fight.
A similar situation in front of Henrik Lundqvist got the second fight started. Tom Sestito paired up with Brian Boyle, possibly the only Ranger bigger than him on the ice at the time. Boyle hung on as they skated around until Sestito was able to get an arm free and land a few shots.
It took half a game before the scoring started, but once it did New York took a commanding 3-0 lead by the beginning of the third. Philadelphia made it interesting at the end, pulling within two goals with a little over two minutes left, but that was end of scoreboard changes and the Rangers now lead the season series 2-0.
The almost-hometown guy
Manitoba-grown Arron Asham didn't take kindly to Tanner Glass wiping out Evgeni Malkin along the boards in Winnipeg. Asham challenged, Glass obliged, and they dropped the gloves at center ice. It was a good middleweight bout with each player getting in some shots. Shortly after Glass lost his helmet they locked up and Glass seemed to verbally end the fight.
NHLers, enjoy the time off. Everyone else: enjoy your family & friends, or double pay.
Tom Kostopoulos vs Kevin Bieksa Dec 23, 2011
Arron Asham vs Tanner Glass Dec 23, 2011
Tom Sestito vs Brian Boyle Dec 23, 2011
Marc-Andre Bourdon vs Brandon Prust Dec 23, 2011
Krys Barch vs Shawn Thornton Dec 23, 2011
Steve Goertzen vs Cody McCormick Jan 7, 2006
Zenon Konopka vs Alex Henry Jan 7, 2006
David Hale vs Adam Mair Jan 7, 2006
Grant Marshall vs Andrew Peters Jan 7, 2006
Zenon Konopka vs Bill Guerin Jan 6, 2006
Matt Beleskey vs Colin Fraser Dec 22, 2011
Matt Martin vs Stu Bickel Dec 22, 2011