Good evening ladies and gentlemen, how did you feel about game five today? Earlier, the New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 at Madison Square Garden for a game five victory and a 3-2 series lead going into game six in Philly. We know that the Rangers won but the most important thing is that we look at why they won.
Offense All Around:
The Rangers scored four goals today, the goal scorers were Marc Staal, Brad Richards, Dominic Moore, and Brian Boyle. A defenseman, a second line centerman, and two fourth liners. The good news about this is that offense was coming from different parts of the line-up which is crucial for a team that’s serious about making a deep run into the post-season. It is much harder to defend a team that has a balanced line-up than a team that only has one line that can produce, this was very evident in today’s game.
The Rangers went 4/5 on the penalty kill today which is one of the key components of playoffs. Having good special teams just makes it easier for every team and the Rangers showed that their penalty kill will not be taken lightly. It’s a problem that the team took five penalties, and it cost them on the last penalty of the game when Claude Giroux scored the Flyers second goal with less than two minutes remaining. That being said, the Rangers have been good on the penalty kill all season and all series so letting one or two goals slip by now and then isn’t horrible.
In my opinion there are three main leaders on the Rangers, Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards, and Henrik Lundqvist. The three of them have stood out all series, but especially in this game more than the others. On the first Flyers goal, the shot deflected off Kevin Klein‘s stick and into the net, Lundqvist went over to Klein after the goal and had a few words with him about the play. Richards and St. Louis are two of the teams Stanley Cup Champions and are perhaps the two who can lead the Rangers deep into the post season. Richards and St. Louis show the leadership every single game and today’s game was no different, which is what helped them beat the Flyers.
There you have it Rangers fans, here’s why New York took a 3-2 series lead over Philadelphia today. If they want to close out the series on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center they’ll need to keep these three things going.