Rick Nash, Steve Mason, Mark Streit

Flyers 2, Rangers 1

The New York Rangers lost to the Philadelphia Flyers by the score of 2-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, last night. The series is now tied 2-2. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.

…seriously, is this team ever going to make it easy on us? The last playoff series the Rangers won in less than seven games was back in 2008 when the beat the Devils in five games. You remember, the Avery rule series.

…this game unfolded very similar to Game 2 in that the Rangers burst out of the gates in the first period, the Flyers made the adjustments then blah. Not nearly enough quality shots or traffic in front. Which sadly has become a theme for the Blueshirts in this series.

…so, anyone still think it doesn’t matter who’s in goal for the Flyers? Again, the Rangers didn’t make Mason work hard enough, but he made some saves that Emery just isn’t capable of. Especially in the first period. I actually think the Rangers would have probably found a way to win that game if Emery was between the pipes.

…it’s too bad Nash doesn’t play the way he did on the final shift the entire game. One goal in 15 playoff games as a Ranger just isn’t going to cut it. Neither is his half-assed effort to get back on the Flyers first goal.

…and speaking of the Flyers first goal, of course it had to be by the guy who should have been suspended after his headshot on Carcillo in Game 3.

…Rangers power play morphing more and more into the unit we witnessed in the playoffs last season.

…i wish AV would stop doing his Tortorella line juggling act when the Rangers are down in a game. They’re a much better team when rolling four lines. The fourth line has been the Rangers best puck possession unit in the playoffs, so in a game that the Rangers were having issues establishing a forecheck it made zero sense for them to be watching from the bench.

…the free agent line of Poo-Brass-Zucc better start finding the back of the net more often or their bank accounts won’t be a full as they probably anticipated when this series began.

…a few years ago, Zuccarello broke is hand in one those camera holes in the glass when he was in Hartford, and McDonagh came damn close to doing so last night. It might be time to close those things up.

…Girardi continues to be the Rangers best defenseman in the series. His style of play is made for the postseason.

…not much Lundqvist could have done on the Voracek goal, but I’m sure he’d like to have the Read one back. While he was good in Game 3, he still hasn’t been a major factor in the series.

…the Rangers last two goals have come from guys coming out of the penalty box. Maybe they should be taking more penalties to jump start the offense in Game 5.

…i don’t know about you guys, but it sure looked to me like AV neutered Carcillo after his Game 3 antics. And not shockingly, the Rangers played with a real lack of emotion. His type of play is contagious, so if he’s not playing with an edge, not only is his effectiveness compromised, but so is the entire team’s. See Sean Avery.

…keys for the Rangers in Game 5? Traffic in front, establish forecheck and win special teams. Wash, rinse, repeat.

…whelp, strap yourselves in folks, it looks like we’ve got another seven game series upon us.

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