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Nash, Callahan too much for Flyers

Despite a strong first period, Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash proved to be too much as the Rangers downed the Flyers 4-2 on Tuesday night.

With the game tied at two early in the second period, Nash wristed a scorching shot that beat goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on the blocker side to give the Rangers a 3-2 edge.

Nash added another goal about eight minutes later as he got behind the Flyers defense and scored to put the game out of reach.

It was all a part of a poor showing by the Flyers in the last two periods of the game. They were outscored 3-0 in the final 41 minutes of the game, coughing up a game in which they were actually in control of towards the end of the first period.

The Flyers had a tremendous start to the game despite the Rangers scoring just over a minute into the game. Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek each scored on the power play, keeping in pace with each other for the team lead, to make it a 2-1 game.

Claude Giroux found Simmonds in front of the net and the winger put home the pass to beat Henrik Lundqvist and tie the game up 1-1 with 11:42 left in the first.

With 2:53 remaining in the first period, Voracek continued his stellar play. Voracek had an initial shot stopped by Lundqvist but he got his own rebound and beat Lundqvist for the go-ahead goal.

The Flyers terrible play began in the final minute of the first period, and it set the tone for the remaining 40 minutes.

Callahan answered with just 41 seconds remaining in the opening period. He lit the lamp once again as he went around the Flyers defense and beat Bryzgalov on the fore-hand. Bryzgalov had attempted to poke-check the puck away from Callahan.

The second period remained scoreless, but the Flyers had problems winning battles in their own territory and in the neutral zone. It wasn't until the third period that the Flyers' mistakes cost them.

After a failed attempt in the offensive zone, New York moved the puck the other way. Nash used his size and speed to charge past Luke Schenn and beat Bryzgalov with a wrister, giving New York it's eventual game-winner.