It was easy to see that the Flyers and Rangers do not like each other. Just four seconds into the game, the gloves came off and they did so again later in the first period. But things settled down after that and New York came away with a 2-0 victory. The game had plenty of subplots, but one that didn't materialize was Jaromir Jagr's return to MSG. Jagr was a scratch with an injury, but with two more home games remaining against Philadelphia, it seems certain that Rangers' fans will get a chance to "welcome" Jaromir back to New York.
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead 54 seconds into the second period when Brad Richards scored his 8th goal of the season. Carl Hagelin scored the first goal of his NHL career in the third period to make it 2-0 and Henrik Lundqvist preserved the shutout with 29 saves.
The Islanders earned a 3-2 win over New Jersey thanks to Michael Grabner's shorthanded goal at the 5:51 mark of the third period. Before Grabner's game-winner, the Islanders and Devils had traded goals with Moulson and Bailey scoring for New York while Larsson and Henrique found the net for New Jersey. Both Martin Brodeur and Al Montoya faced 26 shots, but Montoya made one more stop to earn the win.