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.
Former Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan scored twice, including the game-winner, leading Tampa Bay to a 5-1 victory in New York Monday night.
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scored his 12th of the season putting him in a tie with Tyler Seguin and Rick Nash for the league lead.
“If you had to write it up before the game, that’s pretty much how you’d like to write it up,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said post-game.
“I really enjoyed my first time back,” said Callahan, who was dealt to Tampa Bay along with a pair of draft picks after spending parts of eight seasons with the Rangers.
Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn had the others for Tampa Bay, who won for the second time in three nights.
Ben Bishop made 15 saves to improve to 11-2-2 on the season. Henrik Lundqvist dropped to 7-5-3 on the season after stopping 25 shots in the loss.
Martin St. Louis had the lone goal for the New York Rangers, who have gone three straight without a win. St. Louis finished with a minus-4 rating in the loss.
New York scored three times less than 15 minutes into the first period and went on to blank the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0 on Tuesday night.
With the loss, the Penguins seven-game win streak is over. Pittsburgh had not lost in regulation in 10 games. With the win, the Rangers avoided losing their third straight.
Mats Zuccarello, Martin St. Louis and Kevin Klein scored first period goals for New York. Penguins coach Mike Johnston called a timeout following St. Louis’ fifth of the season, but could not right the ship.
Derick Brassard added his sixth of the season in the third and Rick Nash scored his league-leading 12th of the season in the third.
“We weren’t ready to compete,” Sidney Crosby said post-game. “That’s really what it came down to.
“We got outworked. It’s not fun having to say that after games. You know you don’t want to be able to say that, but we got outplayed.”
The lone bright spot for the Penguins is defenseman Kris Letang returned to the game in the second period after suffering an undisclosed injury at 11:45 of the first.
Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves for his 53rd career shutout and third against the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots in the loss.
“It’s from the coaches to the players,” Johnston said. “We had to be a lot better prepared in the first 10 minutes than we were.”
The Penguins and Rangers meet again Saturday when New York travels to Pittsburgh.
Steven Stamkos cleanly beat Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard with a top shelf rocket shot early in the second period, but it went in and out of the net so quickly that it initially didn’t count. Play continued, but once they had a chance to review the shot, it became clear that stamkos had netted his 10th goal of the season.
You can see Stamkos’ marker below:
The NHL cited Rule 78.6 as the reason why there wasn’t an immediate stoppage in play to review the goal. It states, “When a team scores an apparent goal that is not seen by the on-ice officials and play continues, the play shall be reviewed by the Video Goal Judge at the next stoppage of play. If the goal is confirmed by video review, the clock (including penalty time clocks, if applicable) is re-set to the time the goal was scored.”
Stamkos is the fourth player to reach the 10-goal mark this season after Corey Perry, Rick Nash, and Tyler Seguin.