Anders Hedberg set up two goals by Mark Pavelich in a five-goal first period last night in New York that carried the Rangers to an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Rangers managed 14 shots at Philadelphia goaltender Pelle Lindbergh in the first period. Ed Johnston opened the scoring at 1:46 and less than a minute later Hedberg fed Pavelich in front for his 32nd goal.
The pair hooked up again at 11:55, with Pavelich slapping in Hedberg's rebound. Mike Rogers made it 4-0 at 13:07 with his 28th goal, Don Maloney picking up his second assist of the period. Kent-Erik Andersson added to the onslaught at 15:54 when he scored on a wrist shot off a breakaway. Rob McClanahan scored his 19th goal at 1:48 of the second period on a setup by Pavelich for New York's sixth goal. The Rangers scored on their first shot in each period.
Rangers goaltender Glen Hanlon had his shutout bid spoiled on a goal by Paul Evans at 3:20 of the third period. At 4:08, the Rangers made it 7-1 as McClanahan was again set up by Pavelich, and Vaclav Nedomansky scored his 13th goal for New York at 13:26. Andy Brickley of Philadelphia closed the scoring with four minutes left with his first NHL goal.
The Rangers have scored 44 goals in their last six home games and Pavelich has 25 points in his last 15 games.