The Rangers were the better team all night as they had their way with the Flyers throughout most of this hockey game. The Rangers heavily outshot the Flyers 36-15 tonight. New York played their tight defensive styled game and Philadelphia couldn't find any space neither in the neutral nor the offensive zone.
Philadelphia could only muster 14 shots in the first 2 periods to the Rangers 23. Despite this, they were still able to start the final period knotted at 1, on 1st period goals from Andrew MacDonald for the Flyers and Mats Zuccarello for the Rangers.
However, the Flyers completely unravelled in the 3rd period. And it all started with one bad penalty which ultimately cost them the game. Jason Akeson, who was only playing in his third NHL game and first ever playoff game, took a 4 minute high sticking penalty. The Rangers scored twice on the ensuing PowerPlays on goals from Brad Richards and Derek Stepan giving the Rangers a commanding 3-1 lead halfway through the period.
After the 2 goals, which were separated by just 47 seconds, the Flyers were dead in the water. The Rangers outshot them 10-0 following the goals and 13-1 for the entire period.
Carl Hagelin added one more goal for the Rangers clinching Game 1 for New York.
Philadelphia's struggles in New York continue. They now fall to 0-9 in games played in New York since 2011. In fact the struggles aren't just in New York though. The Flyers are just 4-14 in the 18 games versus the Rangers. If the Flyers can't make adjustments and figure out how to successfully navigate the neutral zone against this stingy Rangers team, it will be very short series.
But the Flyers have been adjusting and overcoming the odds all season, so they are just going to have to do it again.
- Scott Hartnell made a fantastic play in the first period as he sent Ryan McDonagh into the boards and stole the puck. He then made a great pass to Andy MacDonald who blasted a shot past Henrik Lundqvist. This is how the Flyers need to play to beat the Rangers; however, they failed to keep up this style of play and therefore succumb to New York again.
- The Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek and Scott Hartnell line combined for 2 shots, both coming from Hartnell.
- Ray Emery started in goal for the Flyers for the injured Steve Mason.
- Emery made 32 saves on 36 shots.
- The Flyers only got 1 PowerPlay all game and failed to score on it.
- The Rangers went 2 for 6 on their man advantages.
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers and Rangers will play Game 2 in New York on Easter Sunday at noon.