It was a night of missed opportunities and a pathetic display of Philadelphia Flyers hockey Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The orange and black dropped Game 3 to the New York Rangers by a score of 4-1 and went down in the series two games to one.
For the first and last five minutes of the first period, it looked like the Flyers had a chance to steal Game 3 from the Rangers, but the ten minutes in between served as as dark omen.
The Rangers dominated on the defensive side of the puck. They blocked shot after shot and smothered the Flyers offense. Do not be fooled by the number of shots the Flyers put on Henrik Lundqvist, he barely had to break a sweat to earn the victory.
Similar to Game 2, the Flyers put themselves down in an early hole. Derek Stepan scored less than four minutes into the first period to put the Rangers on top 1-0. The initial shot was going wide, but Ray Emery tried to snag the puck with his glove, but he flubbed it and and the puck bounced to the stick of Stepan.
Martin St. Louis scored off a deflection to put the Rangers up by two. For the next seven minutes, the Rangers controlled play and the Flyers could barely get a shot off or produce any kind of offensive zone pressure.
Mark Streit finally broke through with a goal that gave the Flyers some momentum at the end of the period. The goa
l was a result of great backchecking from Claude Giroux, who picked up the loose puck and chipped it to Jakub Voracek. Streit jumped into the play and found some open space in the slot, where Voracek fed him with a pass that Streit put by Lundqvist to cut the lead in half.
It seemed as if the Flyers had their legs under them until Dan Girardi unloaded a slap shot from the blue line that beat Emery over his shoulder. After Girardi’s goal, it seemed as if all the energy was sucked out of the Flyers and they were never able to gain it back.
Over the next two periods, the Rangers gave the Flyers four power plays, but the Flyers were unable to convert on any of them. After the final Flyers power play ended, Dan Carcillo redirected a pass through the legs of Emery to pour salt into the wound and make it 4-1.