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Rangers Send Flyers Home in Game 7

All season long, the Flyers mastered the art of the comeback.

On Wednesday, another comeback attempt was turned aside by Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers. As a result of a poor second period, the Flyers fell behind and lost 2-1, ending their 2013-14 season.

The Rangers will play in the second round. Game 1 starts on Friday.

(Photo: Steve Mason (35) and Henrik Lundqvist shake hands after their goalie battle in Game 7. Mason made 31 saves and Lundqvist made 26. Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

Grinder Threads

Taking The Wayne Train to Broadway: Flyers Force Game 7

The Flyers are on their way to a Game 7 with the Rangers in New York.

Wayne Simmonds, who led the Flyers with 29 goals during the regular season, lit the Rangers up for a hat trick in Tuesday's 5-2 win in Game 6. It was his first career playoff hat trick and the first Flyers playoff hat trick since Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier did it against the Penguins in 2012.

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Push Flyers to the Brink

After a game two victory, what seemed like an overplayed narrative of being unable to competently play at Madison Square Garden seemed to be vanquished by a 4-2, come-from-behind win. That storyline returned in full force after Sunday.

Heavily outpossessed and outchanced, the Philadelphia Flyers dropped game five 4-2 to the New York Rangers, giving Broadway the 3-2 edge over Broad Street in the series.

A lacking power play ruined any continuity the Flyers could have possibly constructed. Rangers forward Carl Hagelin took two penalties in two consecutive shifts to open the game. The result of those power plays was complete disaster.

Mason Returns; Steals Show In Game 4

Imagine Steve Mason as Robin Hood: stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.

Now imagine Henrik Lundqvist as a king, which shouldn't be too hard to do. If the Flyers were going to steal a game from Lundqvist and the Rangers, it was going to happen with Mason in net.

Mason made his first start in two weeks, stopping 37 shots in the process of beating the Rangers 2-1 on Friday. It evened the series and gave the Flyers new life heading into New York.

(Photo: Steve Mason makes a diving stick save on Ryan McDonagh at the end of the second period. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Giroux Has to Be Better and the Fans Know It

It is always tough to be captain in a big sports town. Fans expect a lot from them.

That is not more evident in many other sports towns than it is in Philadelphia. Philadelphia fans want to see heart, determination, commitment and performance in their captain. When he is not showing all of those things, fans will be unhappy.

It is not unreasonable either. When the playoffs roll around, your best players have to be your best players, and your leaders have to step up even more.

(Photo: Flyers captain Claude Giroux falls to the ice after being knocked down by the Rangers' Derek Dorsett. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Rangers Get In the Way; Take Game 3

Henrik Lundqvist wasn't the only person standing in the way of the Flyers on Tuesday.

The New York Rangers goaltender had an entire team jumping in front of pucks, helping the Swedish netminder stop the Flyers' constant barrage of shots. It resulted in a 4-1 win for the Rangers and a 2-1 series lead.

The two teams will face off in Game 4 on Friday in Philadelphia. And if the Flyers want some type of good news heading into that game, it looks like Steve Mason will be starting.

(Photo: Henrik Lundqvist makes a first period save on Flyers RW Wayne Simmonds while Rangers D Dan Girardi looks on. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Flyers Tie Series With Four-Goal Comeback

It is said as a general rule that the first goal after a 2-0 lead is the most crucial. Jakub Voracek's monumental late first period goal sparked a comeback resulting in a 4-2 Flyers win over the New York Rangers. As a result, the series is tied at one apiece heading into game three.

As had been the largest story coming into this series, the Flyers snapped a nine-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden in comeback fashion.

Luke Schenn capped off the furious comeback by tapping home a rebound past a sprawled Henrik Lundqvist halfway through the second period. On a delayed penalty, Adam Hall collected a Michael Raffl pass and shoveled a shot on goal that popped right on Schenn's stick. No Ranger would score after that goal was scored.

Mason: “I’ll Try My Best” to Play Sunday

Steve Mason practiced today at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

A day after the Flyers lost 4-1 to the Rangers in Game 1, Mason was on the ice in hopes to play in Game 2. When asked if he would be ready, he told reporters, “I’ll try my best.”

Mason's willingness to play in Game 2 isn't a reflection of how Ray Emery played in Game 1. With the Flyers out-shot 36-15 in the game, Emery's 32 saves were a testament to how well he played in spite of poor showing by the Flyers and a poorly-timed double minor by a rookie.

(Photo courtesy of Flyers Twitter)

Late Power Play Crushes Flyers

It seemed inevitable. Two periods of being outpossessed, outshot and outchanced eventually came back to bite the Philadelphia Flyers.

Jason Akeson's double minor penalty in the third period led to two power play goals from Brad Richards and Derek Stepan, which sunk the Philadelphia Flyers in game one by a score of 4-1. With the loss, it extended the team's losing streak at Madison Square Garden to nine games.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1: Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Rangers

By virtue of finishing third place in the Metropolitan Division, the Flyers have drawn the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. The Flyers and Rangers split their season series, with both teams winning twice on home ice.