NEW YORK -- Rick Nash remained hot since his return from an injury by scoring two goals and Ryan Callahan added two of his own and an assist as the New York Rangers beat the rival Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers topped the Flyers for the sixth straight time at the Garden and 10th time in their last 11 meetings to win their third straight game.
Jakub Voracek scored his seventh goal in his last seven games and Wayne Simmonds added his ninth goal of the season for the Flyers. Both came on the power play for Philadelphia, which lost for the first time in the past three games.
Nash's two goals, which both came in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie, gave him four in his past three games, helping the Rangers win all three after they had lost four straight while he was out. New York, which had struggled on the power play for most of the season, scored twice with a man advantage for the second straight game.
Derek Stepan added two assists for New York (11-8-2), which passed the Flyers (11-12-1) in the Atlantic Division standings but had a scary moment for the second straight game. Defenseman Marc Staal exited in the third period after getting struck in the face by the puck off a deflection by Voracek. Struck in the area of his right eye, Staal held his face for several moments as blood dripped onto the ice.
He was eventually led off the ice and into the trainer's room.
The Rangers were already without forward Brad Richards, who crashed headfirst into the boards after a brutal hit by Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta on Sunday. Richards had returned to play in the game a few minutes later but was declared out shortly before Tuesday's game.
Nash put the Rangers up 3-2 early in the third period, snapping it past Bryzgalov at 2:50. Nash took an outlet pass from Dan Girardi after a kick save by Lundqvist and streaked up the right wing on a three-on-two rush. He took it himself, snapping the puck under goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's blocker, giving Nash five points in his three games since he returned from a four-game injury-induced absence.
Nash later scored on the power play to make it 4-2, taking a feed from Stepan and making a nice deke on Bryzgalov before slipping in a backhand shot at 11:42.
The Flyers did not offer a sustained threat the rest of the way, with the most action coming when forward Scott Hartnell spilled into the Rangers' bench and got into a dust-up. Though it didn't appear new call-up Micheal Haley did anything but cover up, Hartnell took a swipe at him on the bench. Stu Bickel then responded with his own swipe from the Rangers bench, leading to 10-minute misconduct penalties for Hartnell and Bickel.
The rivals squared off with an action-packed first period, exiting it tied 2-2 after Callahan scored his second goal in the period's final minute.
The Rangers jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal a minute-and-a-half into the game.
Twenty-two seconds after a holding penalty on Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, Callahan knocked in a wrist shot to Bryzgalov's left, with assists from Stepan and Marian Gaborik.
But the Flyers responded with two straight power-play goals of their own. The first came at 7:18 as Simmonds took a cross-ice pass from Claude Giroux and snapped it past Lundqvist from the left faceoff circle to tie the score 1-1.
About 10 minutes later, and shortly after Nash went to the penalty box for holding after pulling Voracek to the ice, the red-hot right winger made the Rangers pay. Voracek knocked in his own rebound to Lundqvist's left from close range for a 2-1 lead at 17:07 of the first.
Along with an assist on Simmonds' goal, Voracek has 17 points in his last nine games.
Callahan tied the score 2-2 with 40 seconds left in the first on a nifty pair of dekes, with defenseman Luke Schenn falling to the ice before Bryzgalov committed to his right and Callahan poked it in to the goalie's left.
NOTES: Richards, who was "banged up," Rangers coach John Tortorella said, was declared out shortly before the game. He participated briefly in the morning skate before bowing out. ... Michael Haley, the former New York Islanders center known for mixing it up, was called up from AHL affiliate Connecticut with Richards out of action. ... Rangers forward Arron Asham, who has had back issues, was out for the sixth straight game. ... Flyers forward Harry Zolnierczyk served the first of his four-game suspension for his hit Saturday on the Ottawa Senators' Mike Lundin that caused a concussion. Zolnierczyk's suspension was the longest of the season in the NHL -- until Kaleta was suspended five days Monday for his hit on Richards on Sunday. ... The Flyers called up left winger Eric Wellwood from AHL affiliate Adirondack for the second time this season. He had no points in four previous games for Philadelphia this year.