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Forsberg leads charge as Flyers top Rangers for first win

Oct 11, 2006 - 1:45 AM NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia Flyers apparently can score on Henrik Lundqvist. Just not on breakaways.

Peter Forsberg had a goal and two assists as the Flyers erupted for three tallies in a six-minute span of the second period en route to a 4-2 triumph over the New York Rangers.

In Saturday's opener of the home-and-home series, the Flyers and Rangers engaged in a marathon 13-round shootout. Philadelphia did not score once in the bonus format against Lundqvist, who held his ground until Marcel Hossa beat Antero Niittymaki for the game-winner.

"It's hard to start the season the way we did the first two games," Forsberg said. "We wanted to come out hard (tonight)."

Indeed, the Flyers got their revenge on Lundqvist and the Rangers - and also picked up their first win of the season - behind a superb effort from Forsberg and plenty of help from Simon Gagne, Mike Knuble and Geoff Sanderson, each of whom had a goal and an assist.

"I think when we're playing right, it just seems so easy sometimes," Knuble said. "Against Pittsburgh (in the season opener), it was like the hardest thing in the world to play a hockey game. When we're working together and smartly and not leaving each other out to dry ... it's fun and it's easy and we all benefit."

Brendan Shanahan scored his 601st career goal and rookie defenseman Thomas Pock also tallied for New York, which was bidding for its first 3-0-0 start in 17 years.

"Obviously, our effort wasn't good enough and we know that," Shanahan said. "They came out as a team that deserved to win and expected to win. We came out like a team waiting to see what they were going to do."

Forsberg opened the scoring 3:15 into the contest, beating Lundqvist with a perfect wrister just under the crossbar. Pock tied it with a one-timer late in the opening session, but Philadelphia took charge of the contest in the middle part of the second period.

"We got off to the perfect start, 1-0 right away," Forsberg said. "We wanted to show that we wanted to win today. Everyone played well and it's a sense of pride when everybody's going."

Forsberg, Gagne and Knuble hooked up on a series of quick passes to make it 2-1 at 6:59 of the middle session. Sanderson tallied on a 2-on-1 rush just 59 seconds later and Gagne made it a three-goal bulge with 7:35 to go in the period, redirecting a shot by Forsberg past Lundqvist.

"That's probably one of the best lines in the league," Niittymaki said of the Flyers' top threesome of Forsberg, Gagne and Knuble. "If you give them time, they are going to score goals and sometimes if you don't give them time, they're still going to score."

Five days after becoming the 15th member of the 600-goal club, Shanahan tacked on another tally in the final minute of the second period, when he one-timed a feed from Michael Nylander past Niittymaki.

But the Rangers were unable to get any closer in the third period, failing on three power-play opportunities in the session. They finished 1-for-8 with the man advantage.

"I'm not happy one bit," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "There's nothing good about tonight's game at all in any way, shape or form."

Niittymaki made 25 saves for Philadelphia, turning aside all 13 shots he faced in the third period. He still never has given up a goal to Rangers superstar Jaromir Jagr, who had all five of his shots rejected Tuesday.

Lundqvist made 20 saves for New York.

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