GOSTISBEHERE SCORES 2 AS FLYERS BEAT RANGERS 5-3

By Mary Cunningham

The new-look Flyers gave their fans something to cheer about in last night’s home-opening exhibition game at the Wells.

Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere scored two goals in the third period as the Flyers defeated the New York Rangers 5-3.

Yevgeni Medvedev opened the scoring at 8:43 of the first period on the power play. It was the 33-year-old defenseman’s first goal in the NHL after signing with the Flyers as a free agent from the Kontinental Hockey League on May 20.

Brayden Schenn gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead at 3:56 of the second period with a power-play goal.

After the Rangers got goals from center Oscar Lindberg and defenseman Mat Bodie 1:17 apart to tie it 2-2, Sam Gagner, acquired from the Arizona Coyotes in a trade at the 2015 NHL Draft, scored a power-play goal at 9:40 of the second to put the Flyers back on top for good.

Gostisbehere scored at 2:11 of the third period at even strength and again at 16:29 on the power play.

Bodie, who played with Gostisbehere at Union College, scored his second goal with 1:59 remaining to make it 5-3.

Flyers forwards R.J. Umberger and Wayne Simmonds each had two assists.

Flyers goalie Steve Mason made 29 saves on 32 shots.

New York goalie Magnus Hellberg made nine saves on 11 shots in 28:27 before being replaced by Antti Raanta, who allowed three goals on 17 shots.

Neither team scored in five minutes of play under the new 3-on-3 overtime format after the game ended.

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