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Metro Division Semis Game 4: Rangers at Flyers

Photo: LoHud

Photo: LoHud

After a relatively underwhelming performance in Game Two, the Rangers regained control of the series and home ice advantage with a very strong showing in Game Three, grabbing a 2-1 series lead. While tonight’s game isn’t a must-win game for the Rangers, it’s a for-the-love-of-all-that-is-holy-please-take-a-two-game-lead game for them. Seriously, I know you guys are pretty sick of them never taking a two game lead. Tonight though, they will need to do it against a returning Steve Mason.

For a complete preview of this series, including the systems Craig Berube has the Flyers playing, check out this post by Suit. Don’t forget that Justin wrote a post on Steve Mason’s goaltending style.

Rangers Lines:

Offense

Martin St. Louis-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Daniel Carcillo
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Brian Boyle-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett

Defense

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Chris Kreider (hand), Raphael Diaz (shoulder), Ryan Haggerty (healthy), Jesper Fast (healthy) Justin Falk (healthy), J.T. Miller (healthy)

Game time is 7pm on MSG. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.

8 Responses to “Metro Division Semis Game 4: Rangers at Flyers”

  1. Bloomer says:

    Raphael and Jesper out of the lineup, no point bringing a knife to a gunfight!

  2. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Rangers look flat…especially on the power play

  3. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    Well I guess we should have expected that. That game 2 loss stings. That one they should have had. Flyers were the better team tonight.

  4. Bloomer says:

    The Rangers came out and dominated the Flyers in the 1st period, they were skating well and checking hard. Philly scored on their PP, but the Rangers could not get the equalizer on theirs.

    Mason played very well in this game, the Rangers will have to find a way to capitalize on their scoring opportunities if they want to be successful in game 5.

  5. Chris F says:

    If you don’t play with intensity and urgency until the final minute, you don’t deserve to win.

    The Rangers team that hit the ice tonight has no business playing in the playoffs. They need to make adjustments and corrections immediately.

  6. Bloomer says:

    Unlike Game 2, I thought the Rangers generated a lot of scoring opportunities to tie the hockey game. AV did make some adjustments as he juggled the lines, double shifting his goal scorers. And unlike Game 2, New York kept Philly in their end long enough to pull Henk for the extra attacker and came very close to notching the equalizer.

    Mason was hot but he not unbeatable. The Rangers just need to find the chink in his armour.

  7. craig says:

    Rick Nash seems to disappear during the playoffs every year.
    He is the guy that really needs to turn it up a notch! He gets paid the big bucks to be the “go to guy” in the important situations.
    McDonagh is also definitely not 100 percent which is hurting them both offensively and defensively .
    The Flyers must pay for all the penalties they take. On the power play the Rangers must continue to move the puck quickly and be in position.
    Hopefully, they will figure out Mason the next game. They should win the next game in the Garden