Hockey

Rangers ride fast start to victory

Nikolai Zherdev scored the first of four first-period goals, and the New York Rangers remained unbeaten and are off to their best start in 25 years with a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

Score 4 times in first period in Philadelphia, off to best start in 25 years

Nikolai Zherdev scored the first of four first-period goals, and the New York Rangers remained unbeaten and are off to their best start in 25 years with a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin heard a mixture of those infamous Philly boos and some polite applause when she walked on to the ice to briefly trade politics for pucks.

Palin, the Alaska governor, waved to the crowd and smiled as she dropped the puck between Mike Richards of the Flyers and Scott Gomez of the Rangers. She shook hands with Richards and shared a quick embrace and kiss on the cheek with Gomez, who hails from Alaska.

The orange-clad fans needed little time in the Flyers' season opener to turn their rancor toward a more familiar target. Zherdev scored his second goal in two nights only 4:12 into the game, the Rangers scored three more quick ones and Flyers goalie Martin Biron was booed off the ice when he was pulled late in the period.

Blair Betts, Fredrik Sjostrom and Michal Rozsival scored goals for Rangers. The Rangers won in Philadelphia for the eighth time in the past nine games and are off to their best start since they were 5-0 in 1983-84.