The parent New York Rangers evened their preseason record at 1-1 Tuesday night with a 3-2 road win at Philadelphia.
The Rangers played a radically different lineup from that which dropped a 2-1 decision at New Jersey in the exhibition opener Monday evening. Only three players, Dominic Moore, Darroll Powe and Danny Syvret, who dressed Monday also played Tuesday.
A pair of veterans, Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot, made the biggest impact, Pouliot with the game-winning goal at 5:30 of the third period and Brassard with a goal and an assist, but a couple of other individuals in the “hopeful” category also made their presences felt.
Defenseman Conor Allen, a rookie free agent signee out of U. Mass-Amherst who got into one game with the Whale last season on an ATO, played 20:27 in his first Ranger appearance, and had an assist and was +2. Andrew Yogan also had an assist in 10:29 of ice time, and winger Michael Kantor, also wearing a Ranger uniform for the first time, played 11:12 and had a game-high six hits, twice as many as the next most-active player in that category, Powe.
Speaking of Powe, who, along with Arron Asham, was waived by the Rangers July 4, he played 11:38 and scored on a deflection of a Yogan pass with 34 seconds left in the second period. Jesper Fast skated 14:15, including 4:25 of power play time, and fellow Swedish import Oscar Lindberg, the Ranger prospect team’s scoring star at the Traverse City tournament, played 15:16 and had two shots on goal. Dylan McIlrath played 11:31 and had an assist on Pouliot’s game-winner, but also was on the ice for two goals-against and committed a turnover that led to a Sean Couturier goal that tied the score at two early in the third period.
Micheal Haley logged 13:24 of ice time, and blocked a shot and had two hits, and Syvret was -1, with one shot on goal and a block, in 15:31 of ice. Cam Talbot once again played half the game in net, as he did Monday, and stopped 10 out of 12 shots, after the Flyers managed only six shots on Martin Biron, all of which he stopped, in the first 31:22.
There were no fights in the game, which is surprising for a Ranger-Philly preseason tilt, but a familiar face was stirring the pot somewhat on the other side, as Kris Newbury, who split the last three-plus seasons between the Rangers and the Wolf Pack/Whale before being traded to the Flyers for Syvret this summer, picked up a double minor for roughing in a second-period get-together with Derek Dorsett.
After the back-to-back opening to their preseason, the Rangers are now off until Monday, when they start their western trip with a visit to Calgary. The rest of the exhibition slate will see Alain Vigneault’s crew travel to Edmonton, Vancouver and Las Vegas (where they will wrap up the preseason next Friday), before the Blueshirts open regular-season play October 3 in Phoenix.