NHL game recaps: Rangers dismantle Flyers
Ryan Callahan registered his first career hat trick, scoring four times and Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 24 shots to record his ninth shutout of the season, as the New York Rangers handled the Philadelphia Flyers, 7-0, at Madison Square Garden.
It was the first four-goal game by a Rangers player since Marian Gaborik accomplished the feat on January 19th against Toronto. Gaborik returned to the lineup after missing the last six games with a concussion, but did not register a point in 14 1/2 minutes of ice time.
Callahan also added an assist, while Mats Zuccarello recorded his first-ever two-goal game for the Rangers, who snapped a five-game slide versus Philadelphia. New York has won two straight and sits in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings with 74 points. Artem Anisimov also lit the lamp in the win.
Philadelphia now has lost four straight for the first time since an 0-4-1 stretch from March 20-27 of last season.
Brian Boucher started and allowed four goals on 18 shots before being replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky, who yielded three goals on 18 shots.
Despite the loss, the Flyers, with 86 points are still two points in front of Pittsburgh for the top spot in the Atlantic Division and two points ahead of Boston for first place in the East. The Penguins and Bruins are both idle on Sunday.