Zherdev lifts Flyers to fifth straight win

Philadelphia Flyers' Nikolay Zherdev (93), of Ukraine, scores past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

December 18, 2010 12:52:24 PM PST
Nikolay Zherdev scored two goals and Brian Boucher stopped 24 shots in the Philadelphia Flyers' 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Andreas Nodl and Ville Leino also scored for the Flyers (21-13-1), who have won five straight and seven of eight. They have 49 points, best in the NHL.

Boucher has gone 6-0-1 in his last seven starts, including four of the previous five games, as the Flyers ended New York's three-game winning streak. The 33-year-old goaltender was in goal when the Flyers eliminated the Rangers on the final day of last season.

The Flyers also beat New York on Nov. 4 by the same score.

Zherdev scored Philadelphia's first goal just after serving a two-minute penalty for cross checking, when center Mike Richards fed him a cross-ice pass as he returned from the box. Alone, the former Ranger beat Henrik Lundqvist with a forehand-to-backhand shot to the glove side.

Zherdev scored his second goal on a power play, giving him 13 this season, including goals in three straight games.

Nodl made it 2-0 at 3:13 of the third, deflecting Claude Giroux's pass into the net.

New York's Dale Weise appeared to put the Rangers on the board, but his goal at 14:25 left in the game was disallowed when it was rule the he kicked it in the net.

Rookie Derek Stephan finally beat Boucher with a one-timer amid a flurry of Rangers shots for his ninth goal of the season. Alex Frolov fed him from behind the net with 11:37 left in the game, pulling the Rangers (20-14-1) within a goal.

Philadelphia quickly regained their two-goal advantage 1:40 later when Ville Leino redirected Kimmo Timonen's shot from just above the face-off circle, his eighth of the year.

Notes: Rangers LW Derek Boogaard missed the game with a shoulder injury. ... Ryan Callahan is expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his left hand, sustained blocking a shot Dec. 15 game against the Penguins. ... Flyers D Chris Pronger had foot surgery Friday and is out 4-6 weeks. ... The Rangers are 14-5-2 in their last 21 games in Philadelphia.