FINAL SCORE- New York Rangers-2 Philadelphia Flyers-1
SERIES SCORE- New York Rangers-4 Philadelphia Flyers-3: Rangers move on against the Pittsburgh Penguins
FIRST PERIOD: The Rangers came into game seven at Madison Square Garden, where they were 5-0 in franchise history looking to extend that to 6-0. The Rangers and Flyers started out tonight’s game pretty much the same as last night’s game six. The Rangers dictated the play with their speed and skill and really challenged the Flyers to work. Off the opening face off Martin St. Louis passed the puck to Rick Nash who almost scored but hit the post, and from there on in it was Steve Mason’s net. Zac Rinaldo took a penalty halfway through the period and the Rangers failed to capitalize on the power play, it was the only power play of the game for the Rangers and it was the 21st straight power play that they did not score on. The period came to it’s end and the score was tied at zero and the Rangers were out shot 11-10.
SECOND PERIOD: What the Rangers needed at the start of the second period was something to really get the crowd going, taking a too many men penalty was probably not what they wanted to do to achieve that goal. Head Coach Alain Vigneault sent Dan Carcillo to the penalty box to serve the penalty and the Rangers managed to kill it off. For the second time in this series, as soon as Carcillo left the penalty box he charged straight towards the net and accepted Mats Zuccarello’s pass across and tapped it into the net to give the Rangers the 1-0 lead. That goal got the players and the crowd into the game, at 8:37 gone by Benoit Pouliot was pushed into Mason and received a goaltender interference penalty. The Rangers killed that penalty off as well and after Pouliot came out of the box he received a cross ice pass from Derick Brassard and made no mistake to put it into the net to give the Rangers a two goal lead. The Rangers dominated the period from start to finish, out shooting the Flyers 18-5 in period two and leading 2-0.
THIRD PERIOD: 20 minutes, 20 minutes was all the Rangers needed to move onto the next round. The players were jumping, MSG was rocking, and then with four minutes gone by Jason Akeson scored on his own rebound to cut New York’s lead in half. From that moment on it was anyone’s game. Both teams remained fully disciplined as no one took a penalty in the third period. The play went back and forth until the very end when the Flyers pressed hard to try and find the equalizer. Coach Craig Berube pulled Mason with three minutes left and then the Flyers were pressing, they ended up out shooting the Rangers 11-5 in the third period but Henrik Lundqvist stood tall to the task. As the period winded down Lundqvist thrusted his fists into the air, the crowd went wild and the Rangers moved on to the Division Finals against the Penguins.