During the final seconds of the second period, Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn was trying to get around teammate Steve Mason and inadvertently caught his goaltender with an elbow to the head.
Mason, who has a history of concussion problems, remains in net for the Flyers.
The NHL on NBC crew takes a look at Chris Pronger’s Hall of Fame prospects now that he has officially become eligible.
Pronger, 40, appeared in 1167 games over 18 seasons with the Whalers, Blues, Oilers, Ducks and Flyers. He scored 157 goals and 698 points to go along with 1590 penalty minutes.
He won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman and the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP in 2000.
Pronger won Olympic gold with Team Canada in 2002 and 2010. He captured his lone Stanley Cup in 2007 while with Anaheim.
The Dryden, Ontario native was the first-round selection (2nd overall) of the Hartford Whalers in 1993.
Kevin Klein and Rick Nash had the New York goals as the Rangers avoided going four straight without a win blanking the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 Wednesday night.
Cam Talbot made 31 saves for the shutout.
The Rangers held the Flyers to under 10 shots in each of the first two periods.
Post-game both Flyers head coach Craig Berube and GM Ron Hextall were heard voicing their displeasure over a lack of pushback.
Philadelphia has now lost three straight while being out-scored by a 12-6 margin.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who was expected to miss the game due to a suspected ankle injury, played nearly 26 minutes registering four shots on goal. Philadelphia defenseman Michael Del Zotto left the game early in the third period with an undisclosed injury.
Steve Mason, who was run over by teammate Braydon Coburn in the final minute of the second period, made 32 saves while seeing his record drop to 3-6-1 on the season.
Great puck movement from New York opens the door for Rick Nash and he gives the Rangers a 2-0 lead over the Philadelphia Flyers in the second period.
Nash now has 13 on the season moving him into sole possession of second place among NHL scoring leaders.
Tonight, the Philadelphia Flyers will play at Madison Square Garden for the first time since the Rangers eliminated them in the opening round of last year’s playoffs. It promises to be an engaging Rivalry Night affair, though the Flyers will head into it minus the services of captain Claude Giroux (out with a reported ankle injury).
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Relevant linkage for tonight’s contest:
NHL on NBCSN: Rangers host Flyers on Rivalry Night
Flyers summon top prospect Laughton
Giroux (ankle?) to miss a few ‘days,’ but probably not ‘weeks’
After rule clarification, Pronger to be eligible for Hall of Fame next year
Duclair: ‘I don’t have much to prove’ in junior