It was an afternoon to forget for the Philadelphia Flyers. The orange and black dropped Game Five to the New York Rangers by a score of 4-2, which gave the Rangers a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6.
After winning Game Four in dramatic fashion, the Flyers came out and played their best first period of the series. While Steve Mason did allow a soft goal to Marc Staal, the first period was something the Flyers could build on for the remainder of the game. They got pucks through to Henrik Lundqvist and generated numerous chances. It looked like both teams would trade blows for the next forty minutes.
When the second period began, it was the Rangers who came out swinging and the Flyers who did not.
As a whole, the Flyers took a step back and allowed the Rangers to take over the game. It was mistake after mistake for the orange and black, and the Rangers took advantage of it.
Midway through the second period, Hal Gill sent a puck wide of an open net. The Rangers picked up the puck and sped up the ice. Mason stopped several shots until Brad Richards scored to put the Rangers up by two goals. With roughly four minutes left in the second period, Braydon Coburn fed a pass into Gill’s skates. Gill could not control the puck and Dominic Moore scooped up the loose disk and chipped it by Mason.
Vincent Lecavalier scored on a late power play, which put the Flyers down 3-1 heading into the second intermission.
The Flyers would come out with some early jump but could not sustain it. With an Mason pulled, Claude Giroux scored his first goal of the playoffs with a minute and a half left in the third period. Mason was pulled again for an extra attacker, but Brian Boyle scored on the empty net to seal the victory.
-It is beyond frustrating watching this team sometimes. They’ll control the game for ten minutes then fall back for another ten.
-Mark Streit needs to be moved up to the first unit.
-Giroux is shooting the puck more.
-Our second line has been awful during this series. Lecavalier has been invisible.