NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers took a two-goal lead into the third period, then hung on to pay back the rival Philadelphia Flyers with a 2-1 win at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.
Ryan Callahan scored a power-play goal for the Rangers, giving him 200 career points, but left early in the third period with an apparent left arm injury. Michael Del Zotto also scored for New York, which had lost to the Flyers by the same score in Philadelphia last week. Benn Ferriero and Rick Nash recorded assists for the Rangers (3-3-0), who won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Kimmo Timonen scored his first goal of the season for Philadelphia (2-5-0), with assists to Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek.
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves for the Rangers, including several stops in the final minute. Ilya Bryzgalov had 26 for Philadelphia.
The Rangers thwarted two Flyers' power play opportunities in the final nine minutes of the game, to hold on for the win.
About five minutes into the final period, Callahan headed to the locker room holding his left arm after a scrape with Flyers center Maxime Talbot. The players did some pushing and shoving and exchanged a couple of blows before tumbling to the ice behind the Rangers' net and were called for two-minute roughing penalties, but Callahan went straight to the locker room and did not return.
A few moments later, Philadelphia, trailing 2-0, went on a power play when the Rangers were called for too many men on the ice, sending Marian Gaborik to the box.
After five players battled for the puck in an extended scrum in the corner to Lundqvist's left, the puck was finally sent free by Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek to Timonen in front of the net. He ripped a wrist shot past Lundqvist's left shoulder to make it 2-1 at the 7:09 mark of the third period.
But New York, which had wasted a 5-on-3 advantage in its loss to the Flyers last Thursday, frustrated its rivals this time. The Rangers had the two penalty kills in the final half of the third period and also kept the Flyers from scoring on a 5-on-3 chance.
Philadelphia had the two-man advantage about midway through the second period, when Rangers center Derek Stepan was called for a delay of game penalty 43 seconds after Brad Richards was called for holding.
But the Rangers effectively killed both penalties, with limited stress on Lundqvist. Philadelphia got a couple of shots on goal, but neither appeared particularly threatening. In the final moments of the power play, in which Rangers center Jeff Halpern played without his stick for a bit, Richards made a diving play to knock the puck away and finish the penalty kill.
A moment later, the Rangers were on the power play, when Talbot was called for tripping. The Rangers converted about a minute-and-a-half later, when Callahan poked in a rebound on the right side of the net, giving New York a 2-0 lead at the 11:31 mark of the second.
Before the game, Rangers coach John Tortorella said he wanted Del Zotto to get more involved offensively and defensively. Less than two minutes into the game, the defenseman did just that, taking a pass from Benn Ferriero and blasting in a shot from the left point past Bryzgalov's right side for a 1-0 lead at the 1:57 mark of the first period.
NOTES: Rangers defenseman Stu Bickel, a healthy scratch Saturday, was in the lineup in place of Steve Eminger on Tuesday night. Bickel, who engaged Flyers forward Tom Sestito in an extended bout in Philadelphia last week, was in the lineup for "both" his toughness and the desire to get him on track, Tortorella said before the game. ... Lundqvist has started all six games for the Rangers. ... Flyers left wing Zac Rinaldo, who missed the last four games with a laceration on his leg, returned to action for Philadelphia. ... Left wingers Tye McGinn and Jody Shelley were scratches for the Flyers while Eminger and Matt Gilroy were the Rangers' scratches. ... Flyers defenseman Andreas Lilja, called up from AHL affiliate Adirondack on Friday, made his season debut. ... Dominic Chianese, star of The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, sang the national anthem.