The New York Rangers annihilated the Philadelphia Flyers in a 9-0 blowout that saw a number of league and team records met and broken.
The first period was fairly normal for both sides, as the Rangers took a 2-0 lead via goals from Brendan Lamieux and Artemi Panarin.
However, the real fun began for the Rangers in the second frame. Mika Zibanejad turned it up to a hundred, single-handedly tore the Flyers to shreds. New York’s alternate captain laid it on thick and fast, scoring three goals and providing three assists. These mammoth numbers tied the all time single-game record for points in a period.
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The pain didn’t stop there for Philadelphia, as the records continued to pile on. The 9-0 scoreline was the Rangers first since March 31, 1986 and it tied the team’s third largest win.
On the other side of the ice, it was the Flyers first loss by 9 goals since October 27, 1981 when they took an 11-2 beating from the Canadiens. It was also a record for the most goals conceded in a single period by the Flyers in franchise history after the 7 goal second period.
Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux expressed his shame about the team’s abhorrent display.
“Embarrassing to be playing on the ice with the way we played,” remarked the 14 year veteran forward. “We didn’t help our goalies at all. Not much more to say. We know we have to wake up. The good thing is we have a game [Thursday].”
The Flyers will have a fresh start against the New York Islanders for a chance at a better performance on March 18th.