Flyers Season Ends In Game 7
Nobody wanted it to end this way, but tonight the Flyers usual third period magic just wasn't there. They were done in by poor play (except from Steve Mason) in the first two periods and couldn't quite recover. The Rangers took the game by a score of 2-1 tonight and will move on to play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the next round, while the Flyers prepare for the offseason.
Where has this version of the Flyers been all this series? After struggling to mount any offense, even in the victories, the Flyers (mostly Wayne Simmonds) reawakened tonight with 5 goals. Thanks to the 5-2 victory we now have a game 7 situation on our hands tomorrow night in New York. If the Flyers can channel the energy they had the last 70% of tonight's game and use it tomorrow they can definitely advance to play Pittsburgh next round...and you thought the embellishment calls were over.
Flyers Drop Game 5 to Rangers 4-2
This game was a struggle to watch. The Flyers didn't necessarily play a bad game today, it just looked like New York was a better team out there. The Flyers scored 1 goal on the power play, but failed to do anything on the other 4, not even registering a shot on the first one. They were simply outmatched and the Rangers were taking advantages of their opportunities where the Flyers failed to. The series now heads back to Philadelphia for a Tuesday night game 6. The Flyers have their backs against the wall, but this is often where they shine, so anything could happen.
They said it couldn't be done, but I worked the title of an Incubus song into the title of an article. Now let's Drive into the recap. The Flyers tied the series with the Rangers 2-2 tonight thanks to goalie Steve Mason more so than anyone. Mason denied 37 shots out of 38 tonight to anchor the Flyers as they fought for a hard-earned 2-1 victory.
The winless streak at Madison Square Garden dating back to 2011 finally ended this afternoon. After going down early in the game 2-0 the Flyers battled back to win 4-2 and tie the playoff series at 1-1. The Flyers now head back to the Wells Fargo Center for Tuesday's Game 3 with the momentum in the series.
The Flyers jumped out to an early lead thanks to Andrew MacDonald, but it wasn't nearly enough to get the game 1 win. After a stagnant second period, rookie Jason Akeson got a little loose with his stick and slapped Carl Hagelin's mug in the neutral zone. This led to a four minute double minor that the Rangers took advantage of with 2 goals to push the score to 3-1. From that point the Flyers just looked sloppy and coasted to a 4-1 finish. They now trail in the series to New York 0-1.
Flyers Sign MacDonald to Extension
According to GM Paul Holmgren, the Flyers have signed recently acquired defenseman Andrew MacDonald to a multi-year extension.
MacDonald came over from the Islanders at the trade deadline for F Matt Mangene & a second and third round pick in 2015 and 2014 respectively.
MacDonald led the NHL this season in blocked shots with 242. He registered 4 assist in 19 games with the Flyers.
More details to follow, but Twitter seems to think the contract is for 6 years, $30 million. What this most likely means is that Kimmo Timonen is retiring after this year. So, yeah. Let's Gostisbehere to Philly stat.
The Flyers have long been searching for a great puck-moving defenseman. Shayne Gostisbehere, their third round draft pick in 2012, looks to be the answer. He proved it yesterday, leading his Union College team to their first national title in hockey, defeating Minnesota 7-4 in Philadelphia. In that victory, Gostisbehere (can I just call him Shayne?) registered 1 goal, 2 assists and a +7 on the box score. Let me repeat, +7! If that doesn't show you who was controlling the pace of the game on the ice I don't know what will.
The Flyers came into today's final regular season game with nothing to prove. Playoff rankings are set in stone, so it's a given that they will open up in New York against the Rangers on Thursday. Still, the team did not want to go into the playoffs on a sour note. Despite the loss, which came in a shootout, the Flyers can still take many positives away from this game.
Flyers Top Penguins in Overtime
A somewhat unlikely candidate would play hero for the Flyers this afternoon, as Mark Streit scored with 2:50 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Flyers the 4-3 win and third place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Penguins would find the back of the net just minutes into the game to take an early lead at home. The Flyers would respond before the period was up however, as Jakub Voracek scored on the power-play with 2:51 left in the period