Blowouts catch up with Rangers, no-show against Flyers in loss

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There are drawbacks to making the Flyers look like the New York Jets for two straight games. The Rangers took a nap on this one, and were dominated from puck drop to final whistle. If not for Igor Shesterkin, the Rangers would’ve lost this one 9-1. Shesterkin kept this close, and the score does not reflect the pace of play in this one. The Rangers truly did a no-show.

Sometimes games like this happen, but it couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time for the Rangers. They didn’t *need* this win, but they could have really used two points against a struggling team that they’ve crushed in the last two. Then again, this was your classic trap game. The Rangers had won three in a row, and the Flyers lost four in a row. Both were bound to end at some point.

Rangers 1, Flyers 0 – It’s a powerplay goal

This is a simple matter of being up a man. Mika Zibanejad was so low at the far post that Phillippe Myers had to cover Chris Kreider in the slot. Ryan Strome threaded the needle.

Rangers 1, Flyers 1 – It’s a powerplay goal…against

This was a good fake by Shayne Gostisbehere at the point to get the open lane. Nolan Patrick provided the screen and the tip.

Flyers 2, Rangers 1 – Bound to happen

This was bound to happen the way the Rangers were playing. Kevin Rooney broke up a centering pass, but the Rangers couldn’t control the puck. Very quickly the puck wound up on Samuel Morin’s stick for a one-timer from the point that got through Igor Shesterkin

Shot Heatmap – Not a good showing

The Rangers took this game off. Maybe outscoring the Flyers 17-3 in the last two games took its toll on them. But wow, they more or less no-showed this one.

Skater Results – Naps galore

Bad quality and quantity against, which is rare for the Rangers, even when they no-show. They really did take a nap in this one.

All good things must come to an end. The Rangers three game win streak and their 17-3 lead over the Flyers both came to an end. It’s a poorly timed loss, and an equally poorly timed Rangers no-show. These games do happen, so there’s not much to be overly concerned about. It is what it is.