The New York Rangers have a date with the Penguins, as they have officially knocked off the Philadelphia Flyers in a decisive game seven.
The scoring began within the first four minutes of the second period when Dan Carcillo, who was inserted into the lineup in place of speedster JT Miller by coach Alain Vigneault, slammed a beautiful pass from Mats Zuccarello past Flyers’ goalie Steve Mason to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. This was Carcillo’s second goal in three games played in the series against his former team.
A little less than nine minutes later, Derick Brassard hit Benoit Pouliot with a pass as he was racing towards the Flyers’ net. Pouliot then beat Mason with a slap shot to extend the Rangers’ lead to 2-0.
The Rangers truly broke through in the second period, outshooting the Flyers 18-5. If it wasn’t for Mason’s solid play, the Rangers would’ve scored a bit more than two goals.
The Flyers cut the deficit to one early in the third period, when Jason Akeson found the back of the net. This began a period long push by Philadelphia to try to tie the game, but it wasn’t to be.
One of the Rangers’ top performers in this game was Rick Nash, who had 5 solid shots on goal, 5 hits, and 2 blocked shots. Other key players were Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi, who rebounded after struggling in game six. Though the deciding factor was Henrik Lundqvist, who made twenty-six saves, many of which were not easy.
The Rangers will now head to Pittsburgh to begin their series against the Penguins on Friday.