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.
The action was back-and-forth for the first period. Steve Mason, who made 31 saves in the game, and Lundqvist were tested in their respective ends, but neither was going to give way to the other.
But a terrible second period in which the Flyers were out-shot 18-5 forced Mason to reluctantly give in.
Mason was stellar in the period, putting forth probably the best two-goals-allowed period by any goaltender this season. He was pressured immensely, and someone kept 16 of the 18 shots out of the net.
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead when Daniel Carcillo scored 3 minutes, 6 seconds into the period. The Flyers failed to clear the zone multiple times, and a seeing-eye pass from Mats Zuccarello found Carcillo's stick and the back of the net.
New York sustained the pressure at both ends of the ice, not allowing the Flyers to gain the offensive zone and leave their defensive zone. It was arguably the most frustrating 20 minutes of post season hockey for the Flyers.
New York added onto its lead midway through the second. Benoit Pouliot scored his second goal of the series, beating Mason to make it 2-0.
If it wasn't for Mason in the rest of the period, the Rangers would have taken at least a 3-0 lead heading into intermission. Mason was every where in his crease, trying to clog the holes left by the defense and bad turnovers.
The Flyers showed life in the third period, and it was Lundqvist's turn to put on a display. In fact, Lundqvist's only blemish in the game came on a bad bounce.
Jason Akeson skated into the zone and had his wrist shot blocked. But the puck bounced back to his stick and he quickly snapped the puck past Lundqvist to cut the lead in half.
The Flyers' sense of urgency arose, and it nearly got them a second goal as Lundqvist fought a couple loose pucks. Lundqvist settled back into position and closed the door on a possible Flyers comeback.