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Rangers at Flyers

Jan. 2

The rivals staged a classic battle at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park with the Rangers climbing out of a 2-0 hole. Brad Richards' goal at 5:21 of the third period put New York up and set the stage for a cliffhanger finish. After Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh was whistled for covering the puck with his hand in New York's crease, goalie Henrik Lundqvist stoned Philly's Danny Briere on a penalty shot with 19.6 seconds left in regulation to preserve the win. Afterward, Rangers coach John Tortorella earned a $30,000 fine for roasting the refs: "They called a penalty shot which I still don't understand. I'm not sure if NBC got together with the refs to turn this into an overtime game. I thought the game was reffed horrible."

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