Rangers take series lead over Flyers 3-2

NEW YORK- Tying the series on Friday, Game five action between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers took place at Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon.

Brad Richards

(PHOTO: Brad Richards scored in second period of Rangers win over Flyers – file photo by Lewis Bleiman)

After suffering a lower body injury in Game four, Flyers’ defenseman, Nicklas Grossmann remained out of the lineup Sunday. Taking Grossmann’s spot on the blue line was 39 year old Hal Gill, who only played six regular season games in 2013-2014. Gill has played over 111 playoff games in his 16 year NHL career.

Earning his first post season NHL career win Friday night, Steve Mason returned in between the posts for the Flyers. Henrik Lundqvist took his stance in net for New York.

Taking control of the puck early in the first period, the Flyers were sent on the power play. With constant turnovers Philadelphia did not produce.

Rangers’ Carl Hagelin was sent to the penalty for the second time of the game, sending the Flyers back on the power play. With ample opportunity, the Flyers did not find success.

Beginning the rush alongside Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan, defenseman Marc Staal netted in the first goal of the game. Just seconds after scoring, the Rangers received their first power play of the game, but were stopped by Mason.

Philadelphia began to apply pressure and gain speed against the Rangers at the end of the first period. At the end of one, Flyers outshot the Rangers 8 to 6.

Drawing a penalty just 38 seconds into the second period, Rangers were sent of the man advantage for the first time in the game. Although Philadelphia struggled to clear the puck, New York did not find the net.

Flyers used speed into the neutral zone sending pucks into Lundqvist. Gaining control of the puck, Rangers’ center man Brad Richards lit the lamp increasing the lead 2-0.

With two power play opportunities, Flyers struggled to gain control.

John Moore found the puck on his stick and slipped it past Mason after a bad turnover by Gill. Answering back on the 6th power play chance, Vincent Lecavalier scored the first goal of the game for the Flyers ending the first period 3-1.

Coming out with energy, the Flyers strived to make a comeback in the third period. The Rangers kept Mason busy in the Flyers zone with many scoring chances.

With an empty Philadelphia net, Flyers had an extra attacker on the ice. Captain Claude Giroux scored his first goal of the playoffs with 1:29 left in the period. Not wasting an opportunity with the empty net, Brian Boyle sent the puck flying into the Flyers nets.

Philadelphia Flyers fell to the New York Rangers 4-2. Rangers lead the series 3-2.

“It’s as simple as we want to win that game, we can’t let the foot off the gas,” Marc Staal said regarding game six Tuesday.  “We have to go in there and win a game. We want to get it done in their building and we have to have the killer instinct to get in there and try and get a win.”

“We’re not looking at it like it’s the last game of the season,” said Flyers Captain Claude Giroux. “I have to be better,” he added after scoring his first goal of the playoff run in the 3rd period.

“We lost the game in the first period, with our execution in general,” Flyers head Coach Craig Berube stated. “We’re confident because we feel as a team we can play better.”

After Sunday afternoon’s loss, Flyers head Coach Craig Berube announced Nicklas Grossmann will not return to the lineup in Game six Tuesday night. Grossmann remains day-to-day with a lower body injury.http://

Playoff action is switching back to the city of Philadelphia. Game six action is set for Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center, time to be announced.

 

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