Flyers vs Rangers recap, score and analysis
This is the last Flyers vs Rangers game of the season, which seems like an absolute blessing given how these games have unfolded. Tonight’s match, and rightly so, was indeed one of those Games.
After a relatively boring start to the game, Rangers would claim the first man of the game advantage as Kevin Hayes hooked up Brett Howden. With just under a minute into the power play, Chris Kreider, who came in tonight with three goals against the Flyers this season, scored on a deflection to bring the lead to Rangers 1-0. Plenty of Blue Shirts have killed the Flyers this year, but Kreider has certainly been one of the bigger thorns on their side.
The hope here was simply not to let the game snowball like they did in past games against New York, and Oskar Lindblom did his part. Barely 45 seconds after Kreider’s count, Lindblom received a cross from Sean Couturier and scored his seventh of the season and his first goal in over a week.
If we know anything about this Flyers team, it’s that scoring a goal could be the worst possible result. 1:09 later, Pavel Buchnevich continues the Flyers’ trend of the season to give up a goal immediately after scoring one, his 20th of the season.
The rest of the period was pretty lifeless except for the Rangers getting a late power play that they wouldn’t do anything with. Overall it was a “good” period for the Flyers, edging Rangers 7-6 and even standing in 5-on-5 CF%, including the Rangers at zero shots in the final 11:37 of the season. period.
Wowie, it was a sloppy time in hockey. In typical Madison Square Garden (train station) fashion, the ice seemed extremely choppy, resulting in a constantly bouncing puck. The passes were as crisp as the Flyers’ play over the past two months, and the scoring chances were very scarce.
This lack of action has drawn attention to something that has happened throughout the game, something that brings to the fore a very important question …
What in the hell was that clicking noise ???
It’s bad enough watching the Flyers play a sloppy game against the Rangers with little to no action, but add a ping noise every few minutes and we have a really not ideal time.
What should have been a perfect time, however, was a 5-on-3 power play for the Flyers following too-man-call and stumbling in New York. Instead, the best chance on the power play was a breakaway for the Rangers which was thankfully denied by Alex Lyon, who was quietly having a great game.
The Orange and Black’s push to start the third was impressive, dominating the possession game for most of the first ten minutes. But as is tradition with this team, especially this year, even when they do it right, they find a way to do it so badly.
Buchnevich and Alexis Lafreniere had a weak 2-1, and although Robert Hagg blocked Buchnevich’s pass attempt, he couldn’t find the puck, and ultimately Lafreniere sneaked the puck through a helpless Lyon, and the Rangers took a 3-1 lead that looked like the end of it.
The Flyers scored a goal to make it 3-2, except that it’s 2021 and we still have no idea what the goalkeeper interference will be called. JVR was pushed to Georgiev, but it didn’t matter for some unknown reason because God forbid, it was never explained.
Fittingly, the Rangers would score soon after, going 4-1, putting the final nail in the coffin of the Flyers’ chances of winning this game. It’s a goal that Lyon will absolutely want to return, which is a shame because they were having a good game.
The Rangers win 4-1 and happily end the series of the season.