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After a disappointing loss on Sunday’s game, the Rangers are now tied with Philadelphia 1-1 in the series. What seemed to be a great start for New York, they let the Flyers pick up quick goals by taking bad penalties. The Flyers are known to be able to bounce back late in games, winning 11 total games this season after trailing in the third period.
Within the first five minutes of the game, Marty St. Louis found the back of the net giving the Rangers a fast lead. The Rangers had a lot of momentum in the first period, as they did in game 1. After another five minutes ticked away, Rangers Benoit Pouliot scored, assisted by Nash and Zuccarello.
As the confident Rangers relaxed, Philadelphia capitalized on every opportunity they had. Late in the first period, Flyers Jakub Voracek scored on a wrist shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist.
In the second period, the only goals scored were on Philadelphia’s efforts. A power play goal by Jason Akeson, and later a backhand shot by Luke Schenn.
The third period’s only goal was an empty net goal by Wayne Simmonds, after the Rangers coaches foolishly pulled Lundqvist from the net while the Flyers were on a power play. It was an attempt to add an extra skater, but Philadelphia quickly gained control and was able to score.
The Rangers out-shot Philadelphia 33-24, and actually took fewer penalties, only totaling to 6, whereas Philadelphia took 9. New York has a right to be frustrated with this loss. On technical terms, they were the better team. However, Flyer’s goalie Ray Emery stepped up and made a lot of big saves, which eventually cost the Rangers the game.
Game 3 will be in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center at 8 pm on the 22nd of April, 2014.