On the same day that the 2012 Winter Classic was officially announced to be played at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park on Jan. 2 between these two teams, Jagr, a former Rangers star making his first home appearance with the Flyers, came in with a grand entrance. He has three preseason goals.
Brian Boyle had a goal and an assist for the Rangers (1-1-1), who lost Jagr to Russia's KHL in 2008. He signed with the Flyers this summer.
"He's such a talented guy with the puck," Laviolette said. "He's got a quick release and can generate a lot of offense. He sure looked good to me."
Jagr, 39, showed no rust as he took a regular shift. He was still out there with two minutes left, looking for the hat-trick goal. He took 18 shifts, five shots, and logged 15 minutes, 19 seconds of ice time.
"We were both finding holes in the defense, but teams will adjust to that, as well," said Briere, who played on a line with Jagr. "But you have to give him credit. He's pretty good."
Braydon Coburn scored the winning goal at 6:35 of the third period, and Simmonds concluded his active night with his first goal with the Flyers -- scoring into an empty net in the final minute.
Bryzgalov made 17 saves, and Lundqvist finished with 26.