Soooooooooo the Flyers can’t win at Madison Square Garden. And that sucks. Especially when it looks like they’ll be making the trek to New York a few more times in a possible playoff series.
The team hasn’t won at Madison Square Garden since February 20, 2011. And that’s where we go for our Time Machine Thursday.
It was a rare game for two reasons:
- The Flyers skated off with a 4-2 victory in MSG, which as we well know is impossible for this group of players.
- Philadelphia won the game while taking no penalties. Which also never happens. In fact, it was only the third game ever in Flyers history that the team did not take a penalty throughout the entire game.
Coming off the team’s unbelievable playoff run in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Flyers took the 2010-11 season by storm. They were the dominant first place team in the Eastern Conference at the time.
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead early in the game on a goal by Wojtek Wolski. But Jeff Carter tied the game up four minutes later, and the Flyers never looked back. They would see goals from Claude Giroux and Dan Carcillo, en route to a 4-2 victory. Derek Stepan tallied for the Rangers to cut the lead to 3-2, but Kris Versteeg sealed the game with an empty net goal.
Brian Boucher stopped 37 of 39 shots faced. Both Carter and Giroux had one goal and one assist.
Since February 20, 2011, Madison Square Garden has been hell on earth for the Flyers. They have lost eight in a row in New York, and have been shut out twice.
Although the loss last night hurts, the Flyers can win in MSG. It does happen. Just, well, just not in awhile. And Time Machine Thursday reminds us of the time when that did happen.