Random thoughts while waiting for yet another delayed Amtrak train to leave Philly and head to New York City.
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The Flyers, coming off one of their most dramatic regular-season wins in franchise history, will turn their attention to the New York Rangers in Sunday’s 3 p.m. game at Madison Square Garden.
This will be the teams’ first meeting since Jan. 21, when Dan Carcillo dropped Rangers star Marian Gaborik _ who is known more for his scoring than his fists _ with a series of right hands.
After that Flyers 2-0 win, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said Carcillo was “disrespectful” and that “you don’t go after a top player like that. We'll remember this for sure, and should be ready for it."
Rangers coach John Tortorella said Carcillo’s actions had “no honor in it.”
It should be noted that Tortorella’s rants and raves are legendary, and that he is one of the most unprofessional acts in the NHL.
But I digress.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Rangers make a run at Carcillo Sunday.
The Rangers, who have absorbed shutout losses in their last two games against the Flyers, need points more than retribution. They are ninth in the East, three points out of eighth.
The Flyers, who scored an electric 3-2 win over Chicago Saturday on Chris Pronger’s goal with 2.1 seconds left, are sixth with 76 points. They have quietly climbed to within three points of Ottawa, which has played two more games than the Flyers.
Perhaps figuring Sunday would be a physical game, coach Peter Lavioltte inserted Riley Cote and Arron Asham into the lineup. Ville Leino and Darroll Powe were healthy scratches.
Notes. The Flyers start a four-game road trip Sunday. Other stops: Nashville, Dallas and Atlanta.....The Rangers are in a 6-9-1 funk; the Flyers are in an 8-2-1 surge....The Flyers have allowed a total of 78 shots in their last two games.....Goalie Michael Leighton will make his 14th straight start Sunday.... Brian Boucher hasn't started since Dec. 21. Boucher lost to the Rangers, 2-1, on Dec. 19.....The Rangers have been blanked in the last 155:14 against the Flyers.