Rangers 4 - Flyers 2

The Rangers capped off a strong surge to the Christmas holiday break by winning their fourth straight game Thursday night, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 at a rocking Madison Square Garden. The victory vaulted the Rangers into a first place tie with the Flyers in the Atlantic Division, one point behind the Boston Bruins for the top spot in the entire Eastern Conference. The Rangers and Flyers both have 46 points, though the Blueshirts have played one less game. Henrik Lundqvist, who shut out Philly 2-0 back on November 26th, lost his bid for a second shutout against the Flyers this season when Andre Meszaros scored a power play goal with 9:39 remaining to play in the thid period. By that point the Rangers had built a 3-0 lead on second period goals from Derek Stepan (his 8th) and Ruslan Fedotenko (his 5th), as well as Marian Gaborik's league-leading 21st early in the third period. Gaborik arrives at the break having scored six goals in his last four games. Rookie defenseman Stu Bickel assisted on each of the Rangers first two goals, and now has four points in his first three NHL games. Ryan Callahan scored his 13th goal, on the power play, with 5:56 to play to close out the Blueshirts' scoring. Michael Del Zotto earned his second assist of the game on that goal, giving him 19 points on the season.  Lundqvist finished with 28 saves for his 14th victory of the season. Share your thoughts on the first-place Rangers and their third win in four nights below.