Rangers Blank Flyers, 2-0

(Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

(Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots, Carl Hagelin scored his first NHL goal and the New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 on Saturday to improve on their best home start in nearly 20 years.

After a scoreless first period that featured a fight 4 seconds into the game between New York’s Brandon Prust and Philadelphia’s Zac Rinaldo, Brad Richards scored a power-play goal 54 seconds into the second.

Hagelin knocked in a rebound at 5:06 of the third period. The 23-year-old Swede made his NHL debut Friday at Washington after being recalled from Connecticut of the AHL earlier this week. He was a sixth-round pick by the Rangers in 2007.

The Rangers’ 6-1-1 home start is their best since they began the 1992-93 season 7-1-1.

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