Last night, the New York Rangers went into Philadelphia for game three of their first round series looking to recapture the series lead. They managed to accomplish this task, beating the Flyers 4-1 and gaining a 2-1 lead in the series. We know the Rangers won last night’s game, but now it’s time for us to discuss why they came out of that game with a victory.
In game one Henrik Lundqvist faced only 15 shots, in game two he faced only 25 shots but allowed three goals. During game three, Lundqvist a faced 32 shots and stopped 31 of them. It is hard to pick Lundqvist as a reason for winning or losing for games one and two, but game three is a different story, Lundqvist made the hard saves, and he made a lot of them to keep the Rangers momentum flowing. He played like the veteran playoff goaltender he is and most important stayed calm cool and collected to help the Rangers to a victory.
Penalty Kill: Since game two the Rangers have lost their overall discipline as a hockey club, between the last two games they have taken seven penalties. The Rangers have to stop taking penalties and get back to their disciplined style of play that is more their game. That being said, taking an excessive amount of penalties isn’t so bad when you have the ability to kill the penalties. The Rangers killed off four penalties during last night’s game and it turned into a momentum breaker for the Flyers and a momentum swing for the Rangers.
One of the biggest things to take note of from last night’s game was the start that the Rangers got out to, not only in the first period but in the second and third periods as well. Not even four minutes into the game Derek Stepan scored a goal and gave the Rangers an early lead. From that point on the Rangers were flowing and they were able to get another goal near the halfway mark of period one from Martin St. Louis. Starting the second period with a 2-1 lead Dan Girardi scored a little over five minutes in which helped the Rangers regain their momentum and their two goal lead. The start of the third was orchestrated more by key saves by Henrik Lundqvist and blocked shots by the team’s skaters than goals scored.
Well, here’s the breakdown of why the Rangers won game three, keep checking back on the site for more content as we all get ready for game four on Friday!