But Bickel, recalled Dec. 18 from Connecticut cheap moncler jackets to patch a hole in the lineup, made as much of a contribution as anyone in the Rangers’ 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden by taking two similar shots in a six-minute span of the second period that were tipped in by teammates.
“They were giving us that lane all night,” Bickel said, sounding like a veteran. “We exposed it a little bit.”
The two goals, by Derek Stepan and Ruslan Fedotenko, broke a scoreless tie and propelled the Rangers to their fourth straight victory. The run includes three wins in a four-day stretch against the Devils, the Islanders and the Flyers, all Atlantic Division opponents.
By winning for the 11th time in 15 games, the Rangers (21-8-4) took over first place in the division from the Flyers (21-9-4). That may not mean as much on Christmas Eve as it would in, say, early April, but the crowd at the Garden got to chant, “First place!” near the end of the game.
“I think this year, we demand more of ourselves in the room here,” said goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 28 of 30 shots and outplayed his Philadelphia counterpart, Ilya Bryzgalov. “We have more skill, and more guys who compete for spots now, so you can’t afford a bad night.”
Marian Gaborik added a goal, his 21st of the season, on a third-period breakaway, and Ryan Callahan polished off the victory by scoring on a power play. But Bickel helped the Rangers grab the lead by taking part in two goals that were not exactly highlight-worthy.
Stepan scored his eighth goal of the season at 10 minutes 18 seconds of the second period after Bickel took a shot from the right point that sailed toward Bryzgalov. Stepan squirted away from Flyers defenseman Matt Carle and raised his stick toward the puck, then hit it.
“We don’t have the prettiest game,” said Callahan, the Rangers’ captain.
The puck skipped under Bryzgalov’s glove and into the goal. Because Stepan had his stick raised, the play was reviewed. But the goal stood, and the Rangers had a 1-0 lead that seemed bigger.
They doubled the lead at 15:35 of the second period on another deflected goal, this one by Fedotenko. Bickel took another shot from the right point, and Fedotenko chipped moncler bady light black jackets for women it past Bryzgalov. The puck hit the back of the net and popped out.
Play was stopped again for a replay review, and an overhead camera shot showed the puck clearly entering the goal before rebounding out. Fedotenko smiled and whooped when his fifth goal of the season was confirmed. It was his first in 10 games.
“I think that second goal probably hurt when you aren’t having luck offensively against a team and you aren’t dropping goals the way you want,” said Philadelphia Coach Peter Laviolette, whose team has scored only eight goals in its past four games.
The boisterous capacity crowd passed time early in the game booing the former Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr every time he touched the puck. Philadelphia forced play in the Rangers’ zone, taking the first six shots of the game.
But the Rangers killed off an early tripping penalty on Brandon Dubinsky, and defenseman Anton Stralman, another fill-in playing because of an injury, enlivened the crowd by plastering Flyers defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon with a hip check into the boards near center ice.
“I didn’t know who he was when we got him,” Rangers Coach John Tortorella said of Stralman, whom the Rangers signed as a free agent on Nov. 5, “and when I saw him, I didn’t like cheap moncler him.”