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Metro Division Semis Game 5: Flyers at Rangers

Would be super if they won. (Adam Hunger / USA Today Sports)

Would be super if they won. (Adam Hunger / USA Today Sports)

So much for taking a two game lead in this series. The Rangers failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity on Friday night, and now the series has become a best-of-three. Steve Mason may have stolen Game Four for the Flyers, but the Rangers still hold the overwhelming advantage in every major stat except for the only one that matters: wins. Suffice it to say, they don’t want to head to Philly down 3-2, so this is a must-win for the Rangers.

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-J.T. Miller
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 12pm on NBC. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.

16 Responses to “Metro Division Semis Game 5: Flyers at Rangers”

  1. Chris F says:

    I’m really nervous about this game.

    Mason looked solid in net in game 4 and the Rangers played with zero urgency.

    They need to return to that constant pressure 4 – line wave attack that’s given them success this year. Crash the net, get traffic, take shots, and stay out of the box. Let’s hope Hank stands tall today because I have a feeling the Flyers have the momentum and are going to try to get their big guns started. It’s a 2-2 series and Giroux, Simmonds, Hartnell, Lecavalier, etc haven’t really been much of a factor yet. That doesn’t bode well if they ever get started.

    • Walt says:

      Chris

      I’m with you, very uncomfortable with the upcoming game. I posted the other day that this is gut check game for this team, and now it’s time for the big boys to sh*t, or get off the pot. You would think that with all the guys who’s contracts expire after this season, would be busting their hump, I fail to see that kind of effert, or desperation. Oh well, where are my rose colored glasses????????

      • Centerman21 says:

        It’s a well known fact the Flyers take a ton of penalties right. The Rangers could win this series with their PP, which has sucked since the 1st period of game 2. So why not maximize your chances on the PP. Did anyone else see how well Diaz moved the puck up ice and around the zone? Why not play him on the 3rd line? Move Klein up and sit Strahlman. He has been awful. He does nothing spectacular on D and certainly brings zero offense. Diaz should have played games 3 and 4 in Philly. Maybe he gets in for game 6. If we don’t score on the PP. We don’t stand a chance. Win or lose today.

  2. roadrider says:

    Steve Mason didn’t “steal” Game 4. The Rangers did not do enough to win – not even close. Between the time when the Flyers took the lead and the last 2-3 minutes of the game no Ranger did anything to reverse the dynamic of the Flyers’ strong fore check and bottling up of the Rangers’ breakouts. That’s nearly two periods of hockey in a critical game where no one stepped up to be a difference maker. And I don’t even need to mention the pathetic power play. It sure wasn’t Steve Mason that made Brad Richards stand around playing with his dick, wasting time and not moving or shooting the puck. And he had the gall to say that the Rangers played better than they did in Game 3? Really? Maybe for about 15 minutes during the first period but not after that.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      That’s a puzzling statement by Richards. Link?

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      Richards is just saying the things he’s supposed to say. Torts used to be honest and say things like “we sucked” and everyone wanted him out. He told the truth and now you’re complaining about a player using one of the same old bland cliches’. How many players say “we sucked today”? What do you expect him to say? He’s a pro and possibly the most consistent offensive player thus far through the playoffs. At least out of our top 6.

  3. Centerman21 says:

    The Rangers Blew game 2 and if they lose that will be why they lost. Missing Kreider makes the Rangers a small team. As a club that likes to play a skilled style of game. They’re too small. Sather should have added someone that can help in the playoffs against the bigger tougher teams. I thought this was a different year but it’s not. They don’t have the killer instinct it takes to win 16 games in the playoffs. Even if they win this series it will likely take 7 games and they’ll no doubt run into a fresher healthier team. Mac looks banged up and has not played like we all expect him to.
    With the Rangers up 2-0 in game 2 and controlling most of the play Mac was sliding in from the point looking to be aggressive but after a shot from Stepan. The rebound popped right out to Giroux who quickly got the puck up ice and out of the zone past McDonagh. Hartnell got the puck to a flying Voracek for a mini breakaway and an easy goal. There was no reason there isn’t 2 D back up 2-0. That quick goal for the Flyers may have lost the series for the Rangers.

  4. Chris. C says:

    All the team needs to do is shot the puck, just not square into Mason like last game. 42 shots on Mason to his chest isnt gonna get a goal.

  5. Ken in Shandaken says:

    3rd period about to begin. Stole a goal from us, but that’s hockey. PP sucks. Why? Is it us or them? Is it our plan or our execution? Faceoffs suck as well. MSL does it all. Zucc hits like a big guy. I think we’ve got it. On the edge of my seat though after the late goal.

  6. Ken in Shandaken says:

    Intensity today! 7 minutes left. Our lines all look great. Okay, maybe Stralman looks a bit out of it, but despite Hags penalties and a few nit-picking turn overs don’t we look like we could get to the (formidable West? Well, except for Raske and the Behemoth in Boston. I’m excited by this team. I love to go to parades at NYC City Hall.

    • Walt says:

      Rask, and the Behemoth in Boston won’t get past Montreal!! That I will bet on!!!!

  7. Gary says:

    Who’s the better team again? Oh yeh, it’s the Rangers, as they have been all along. There is no contest here. Either their goalie or the refs are going to steal the series or the better team wins.

    The problem is that Philly is the worst of the playoff teams in the east and the Rangers need to elevate their game here to not only get rid of these creeps in 6, but be ready for Pit or Columbus.

    Looking for another gear. Can that come with Kreider getting back? There are not too many guys I’d want out of this lineup. It’d have to be Carcillo/Miller out and Kreider in.

    Is it just me or does John Moore look much more stout back there on D? Brassard was a pain in the ass all game. I like that. Oh and everyone that gets on Nash, did you watch him closely today? See how he drives possession and opportunities in the offensive zone?

    A good team effort here today. We need that to get amplified now going forward.

  8. Chris F says:

    Miller with the Broadway hat today. I wonder if that was more more his a gesture for his confidence than a reward for his impact on the game.

    It’s funny, during the season, I thought he handled himself well and really impacted many games he played in. The reward for that was a public shaming by AV and demotion back to Hartford.

    Today, I thought he was OK. He had the assist on Richards goal (after shanking a wide open one timer), and wasn’t a liability. But I didn’t think he was anything spectacular and he wins the Broadway hat.

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      He’s a little bit of a headless chicken on D at times tho I thought he looked a little more confident there as well.
      The public lashing he got from AV was for his work off the ice or lack there of. He hasn’t learned how a pro readies himself for an NHL game yet. I’ve also heard he has a bit of an attitude and feels he deserves to play and has outgrown the AHL. He needs to work hard this summer and come to camp in shape like a race horse.

  9. ranger17 says:

    Would like to seee the kid work out with MSL this summer or better yet go to the Czeck republic and work with JJ . Kid has talent now he needs to think strait

  10. ranger17 says:

    Would also like to see him with Kreider next year
    Nash Step MSL
    Poul Brass Zucc
    Kreider Free agent Miller
    Boyle moore Dorsett or some one bigger
    Players i would like to see in Blue
    Gudas , Savard CBJ, Chimera , Ward Caps Bickell Chicago ,Lucic or Simmmons . We need to get a little bigger and nastier