Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers - 4/29/14
New York Rangers (45-31-6) at Philadelphia Flyers (42-30-10)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -105 / New York Rangers -105 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
It wasn't the prettiest effort for the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon but in the post season wins are all that matter. The Rangers were on a parade to the penalty box all day long, but their penalty killing was the best aspect of their game and it frustrated the Flyers all day long. It started early on with Carl Hagelin whistled for taking down Claude Giroux on an odd man rush. The Flyers captain had an opportunity to bury home an early goal but lost his edge with a little help from Hagelin and Philadelphia ended up on a power play. It would be the first of five power play opportunities for the Flyers in the game, and despite scoring on one of them it was the biggest reason for their downfall. Philadelphia had chances to take a lead and really take momentum in this hockey game but they were unable to do so. Marc Staal got New York on the board with his first goal of the post season after the Flyers failed to convert on their second straight opening period man advantage. The Rangers took their 1-0 lead into the locker room and early in the second it appeared they had gone up by two before a goal was disallowed by the referee. Steve Mason failed to secure a puck and as it sat behind him in the crease New York's Martin St. Louis tapped home the rebound. The goal was waived off however because of a quick whistle from the referee after losing sight of the puck. It was a huge break for the Flyers but one they once again failed to capitalize on moving forward. Hal Gill had an opportunity to even the score but missed wide and the Rangers countered in the other direction. J.T. Miller flubbed a shot on a one-timer from Brad Richards, but after a mad scramble in front of the net it was Richards who was able to backhand the puck over Mason to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. It would become 3-0 later in the period when Dominic Moore stole the puck from Gill and skated into the zone and beat Mason. Vincent Lecavalier's power play goal came in the final minute of the period but Philadelphia really did nothing in the third to erase the two goal deficit. Giroux scored with the goaltender pulled to give the Flyers life, but New York's Brian Boyle finished the game off with an empty netter as the Rangers went on to the 4-2 win. Henrik Lundqvist didn't have to do too much in this one but was sharp when necessary. New York really never got much of an offensive flow going in this game because of all the penalties they took, but they capitalized on their chances when they got them. The Rangers continue to struggle on the power play, continuously getting pressured by an aggressive Flyers penalty kill, as they went 0-for-3 in the game. After snapping their lengthy losing streak at Madison Square Garden in Game 2, the Flyers looked like they were back to their old ways in this one. It was a pretty disappointing effort from both clubs considering the magnitude of the game. Now New York will look to wrap up the series in six games by winning for the second time at the Wells Fargo Center.
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These two teams play very different games when they're not on their home ice. It's strange because while the Flyers were a very good home team the Rangers were actually better on the road. In this series New York has looked much better at Madison Square Garden and they've played a little timid while away. Now is their chance to finish this series off before it goes to a Game 7 and the only way they're going to do that is by being more assertive. Even if the Rangers manage to do that it's hard to see them having more desperation than a Flyers club that has come back all season long and will be playing in front of their home fans. This one looks like it's going the distance.