The Philadelphia Flyers forced a Game Seven with their 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers Tuesday night. Wayne Simmonds recorded a hat trick while Erik Gustafsson and Claude Giroux each added a goal.
The Rangers were the better team through the first 20 minutes. Although the Flyers left the period up 1-0 and tied in shots at 13, their lead in giveaways (9-2) told the real story. The Flyers were making terrible passes and only Steve Mason’s brilliance kept the Flyers in the lead.
The Flyers lone goal was a power play tally in which Wayne Simmonds willed the puck into the net. After missing a beautiful set up on the rush by Giroux, Simmonds parked himself in front of the net. An errant Scott Hartnell shot found Simmonds who made sure the puck got by Lundqvist.
The second period saw the Flyers run away with the game. In his first shift of the second period Brayden Schenn made a few great plays that led to a 2 on 1 with Wayne Simmonds. After Schenn mishandled the puck, Simmonds was able to scoop it up and put behind a sprawling Lundqvist.
The Flyers continued to press the Rangers during the period until the the 12 minute mark when Erik Gustafsson took a high sticking penalty. The penalty was a questionable call, but the Flyers killed it off. As the penalty expired, this happened:
At that point, the roof almost came off of the Wells Fargo Center. Less than a minutes later the Flyers went on the power play, and only 1:02 after the Gustafsson goal, Wayne Simmonds completed his hat trick. The Flyers went into the second intermission with a 4-0 lead.
The game became both chippy and sloppy during the third period. The Rangers scored twice in the final few minutes and Claude Giroux added an empty netter. The Flyers were able to roll all four lines for the remainder of the game.
Henrik Lundqvist did not play in the third period. Cam Talbot took over, presumably to rest Lundqvist for the impending Game Seven.
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