Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jakub Voracek netted the deciding goal in the second period and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 18-of-19 shots, as the Philadelphia Flyers avoided a franchise-worst start with a gritty 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers.
Wayne Simmonds provided the other score for the Flyers, who had dropped the first three games of their truncated schedule and had never before lost four games in regulation to begin any season.
Philadelphia also halted an eight-game losing streak to their division rivals without the services of forwards Danny Briere (wrist), Scott Hartnell (broken toe), and Brayden Schenn (1-game suspension).
Taylor Pyatt produced the lone goal for the Rangers, who were coming off a 4-3 overtime win against Boston on Wednesday. Henrik Ludqvist played well in defeat, making 31 saves.