Madison Square Garden continues to haunt the Philadelphia Flyers.
The orange and black dropped their eighth straight game at the Garden Wednesday night in New York by a score of 3-1.
The Flyers made a few pushes to beat Henrik Lundqvist, but he saw just about every shot, except one. Lundqvist showed everyone why is one of the top paid goaltenders in the National Hockey League. He made spectacular save after spectacular save to keep the Flyers off the scoreboard. Jakub Voracek scored the lone goal for the Flyers. It was his third in as many games.
At the other end of the ice, Steve Mason had another solid game. He allowed three goals but kept the Flyers in the game for much longer than they deserved.
About eight minutes into the first period, Mason made a backhand pass to Kimmo Timonen, who was on the far boards. The puck skipped over Timonen’s stick and the Rangers pounced and threw it toward the net. Derek Dorsett was waiting at the front of the crease and plopped the puck into the net to put the Rangers up 1-0. Mason did not have much of a chance at stopping the shot.
Following Dorsett’s goal, the Flyers made a strong push to tie the game, but Lundqvist made several of his 15 saves in the first period to bring the Rangers to the first intermission.
In the second period, another turnover led to another goal for the Rangers. A failed clearing attempt went to the stick of Ryan McDonaugh. The Rangers’ defenseman skated further into the zone and ripped a shot over the blocker of Mason to give his team a two-goal cushion. The Flyers made another push, but Lundqvist saw every shot and did not allow any goals.
Domonic Moore deflected a shot past Mason for the third and final goal of the night. It was a shot Mason should have stopped, but the Flyers were not making any noise in the third except for the final seconds when Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds started getting physical with a few of the Rangers’ defensemen.
Claude Giroux was nowhere to be found tonight. The Rangers neutralized him and the Flyers struggled.
The orange and black have not won at MSG since Feb. 2011.
Mason looked good, except for the one soft goal he let in against Moore.
The Flyers still have some games on the Rangers, so they can make up ground, but I do not want to play at MSG in a playoff series right now.