FINAL SCORE: New York Rangers – 2 Philadelphia Flyers – 5
SERIES SCORE: New York Rangers – 3 Philadelphia Flyers – 3
FIRST PERIOD: The Rangers came out and dominated the play for the beginning of this period, they spent most of the time in the Flyers zone. The Flyers started off the game with nine giveaways and the Rangers could not capitalize on any of their chances. Then with five minutes gone by in the period Benoit Pouliot took a very unwise holding penalty on Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds made no mistake and capitalized on the power play. From that moment on the Flyers were totally in control of the period. The Rangers did not put any of their good chances to use and even when they had a power play opportunity they wasted that away. The Flyers momentum led them all the way into the end of period one where the shots were tied at 13 but Philadelphia led by one.
SECOND PERIOD: If the Rangers wanted any chance to get back into the game they needed a quick goal to do so. Unfortunately for the Rangers, a goal came very quickly and it wasn’t for the Rangers. Simmonds scored his second of the night as the Rangers defense yet again decided to leave him open in front of the net. The Rangers were given two power play opportunities, one with six minutes gone by and the second with 12 minutes gone by, but failed to produce on the power play as they have for the last 19 power play opportunities. With 14 minutes gone by Erik Gustafsson sprang out of the penalty box and moved in and put the puck past Lundqvist to make it 3-0 for the Flyers. One minute after that the Flyers received another power play which Simmonds again scored on, giving him a hat trick and the Flyers a 4-0 lead. At the end of the period Simmonds took a penalty that would carry over into the start of the third period. The Rangers were down 4-0, but up 23-22 in shots.
THIRD PERIOD: The Rangers started the period with almost an entire power play, and failed to capitalize yet again. Not long after that, Scott Hartnell took a penalty that matched with the one Derek Dorsett had taken so for two minutes there was 4 on 4 play. Later in the frame Andrew MacDonald took a hooking penalty and for the fifth time this game the Rangers failed to put the puck in the back of the net on a power play. Two minutes after that Mats Zuccarello took a penalty but this penalty kill the Rangers managed to kill off. With seven minutes left in the third period Carl Hagelin broke Steve Mason‘s shut out bid and made the game 4-1. With four and a half minutes left Alain Vigneault pulled Cam Talbot, who started the period and tried to mount a glorious comeback until Claude Giroux scored on the empty net. The play remained mostly in the Flyers zone, Zuccarello even scored a goal and gave the Rangers two goals on the game. Adam Hall and Brian Boyle got into a fight in the closing minute of the frame, and Boyle even won. The Rangers lost 5-2 in Philadelphia and are back at Madison Square Garden where they are 5-0 all time in game 7’s, 2-0 with Henrik Lundqvist.
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