The Flyers hosted the New York Rangers last night in Philadelphia for game 3. The Rangers, who have the most road-wins this season in franchise history, came to Wells Fargo Center prepared after losing game 2. But Henrik Lundqvist mentioned in an interview that the amount of road-wins does not make him more confident, and that it’s the playoffs, where anything could happen.
Flyers goaltender, Steve Mason, was on the bench last night, well enough to serve as Emery’s back up. Since sustaining an injury before the playoffs, Mason has not been present at all in the series. The Flyers are hoping he will feel good enough to play before the series is over.
The first period for the offensive-minded Rangers resulted in 2 goals. Derek Stepan scored within the first few minutes of play, assisted by Rick Nash and Marty St. Louis. Later, St. Louis also found the net with a tip-in goal assisted by Dan Girardi, and Nash again. By the end of the first period, Philadelphia’s Mark Streit had also gotten on the board to cut the lead in half.
In the second period, Dan Girardi scored on a slap-shot, again within the first couple of minutes of the game. It gave the Rangers the 2-goal lead back and they were able to take that into the second intermission.
Being up 3-1 going into the third period, the Rangers did everything except relax. They learned in game 2, that the Flyers really do bounce back well from being down a few goals. They played very cautiously, not letting a single shot get through to Lundqvist. The defense on the Rangers end improved incredibly. Mid-period, Rangers Daniel Carcillo was penalized with a hooking call. This penalty seemed questionable, as it many on the Rangers side thought Carcillo was just doing a very good job defending deep in the Rangers zone. Despite 11 total penalties called between the two teams, there were no power play goals in the game.
After coming out of the box, an excited Daniel Carcillo retaliated and scored against Philadelphia, putting the Rangeres up 4-1. The Rangers have again taken back the series and now lead 2-1.
Philadelphia will host the Rangers again on Friday, the 25th of April at Wells Fargo Center for game 4.