The New York Rangers played an absolutely brilliant game against the Philadelphia Flyers in game five. There was a total team effort that spanned all 60 minutes, despite what Mike Milbury had to say afterward. Taking the 3-2 series lead, the Rangers now have the Flyers on the verge of elimination. This opening series of the post season has been a roller coaster of skill and officiating. What should have been a 5-2 win for the Rangers, was reduced to a 4-2 win after a whistle happy referee cost the Rangers a goal. Perhaps that blown call was the spark the Rangers needed to win. Either way the outcome was solid for the Rangers. It is hard to pick only three players who were great in the game. Where the Rangers excelled at keeping Claude Giroux quiet, until game five, the Flyers started keeping the Rangers’ third line quiet. Derick Brassard found it difficult to produce offensively, as did Mats Zuccarello. Both players stepped up the physical aspects of their games in game five.
The NHL announced their three stars of the games as these:
3) Henrik Lundqvist- 26 saves, with two goals against, and a .923 save percentage.
2) Dominic Moore- one goal, one assist, and two shots in 12:36 of ice time.
1) Martin St. Louis- one assist and four shots in 20:01 of ice time.
An honorable mention is J.T. Miller, who received the “Broadway Hat”. In his first playoff game ever, Miller registered one assist and one shot in 10:22 of ice time.
Here are my three stars for Game five.