Tonight the New York Rangers had an opportunity to close out the Philadelphia Flyers during game six of their best of seven opening round series, but failed to do so, losing to Philly 5-2.
The Rangers came out strong in the first period, dominating the pace of the game and the overall play of the first period, but a power play goal by Wayne Simmonds had the Flyers up 1-0 at the end of the first. T
That would be the last meaningful positive aspect of the game for the Rangers.
Philadelphia came out the hungrier team in the second period and they played what was, without question, their best period of the series thus far, notching 3 more goals to take a 4-0 lead, including two more by Wayne Simmonds to give him the hat trick on the night.
The Flyers didn’t have a flawless game by any stretch, but the Rangers power play couldn’t make the Flyers pay when they were given a chance, going 0-4 on the night, and 0 for their last 20 on the man advantage this series.
Even with Simmonds netting three goals the player of the game was Flyers goaltender Steve Mason who made several eye popping saves when the game was still within reach, only conceding once the game was all but out of reach.
The same could not be said for Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who was pulled in favor of backup Cam Talbot after allowing four goals in only two periods of work. This game was not lost by any one Rangers player, but Henrik is the teams best player, and he must perform better in critical situations if the team wants to make a deep run this playoffs.
The Rangers have now fallen to 0-12 in their last 12 playoff games in which they had a series lead. That clearly shows a lack of killer instinct from the Blueshirts; fortunately for them they do not go into tomorrow night’s tilt at Madison Square Garden with an edge in the series.
The two teams will meet tomorrow at 7pm for game seven.