Flyers 4, Rangers 2

Flyers topple Rangers 4-2

The New York Rangers (33-25-3) lost to the Flyers (31-24-6) by the score of 4-2, today. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.

…not going to get too carried away with the loss as the Rangers have still won six of their last eight games, but despite how well the team has been playing for the last ten weeks, they hadn't been pushed physically the way they were today and for the most part they didn't have an answer (would acquiring the big, physical forward Stewart help?). As the playoff race heats up the games are going to get feistier and feistier, so if the Rangers can't match it they're going to find themselves on the outside looking in when the postseason begins.

…having said all that, if the Rangers could have scored on their empty net opportunities (assuming Martin St. Louis (another goal today) or Ryan Kesler bury those) or their early power play chances they probably win this game.

…got to love Dorsett taking a Hollweg-like momentum killing penalty that basically handed the Flyers the game. I do think Dorsett has a role on this team, but I'm not a fan of Vigneault changing up what's been a very successful fourth line. If it's not broke…

…Rangers down 2-0 in the first period, Carcillo gets crushed into the boards by Rinaldo and nothing. No response. No retaliation. Nothing. Couldn't have been handed a more perfect opportunity to spark the team. Very reminiscent of the lack of emotion from earlier this season.

…Kreider went to the net and he scored. Too bad no one on the team took notice.

…apparently Richards is too distracted planning his wedding as he's been a no show the two games coming out of the Olympic break. He had a golden opportunity right after the Flyers scored their first goal, but he missed the net, the puck went the other way and the Rangers were down 2-0.

…didn't think Hank had much of a chance on the first two, but he's got to squeeze that five hole on the Simmonds game winner. Maybe it was the rink size.

…Callahan didn't exactly give himself the upper hand in contract negotiations with that effort. Four goals in his last 33 games. Not exactly $7 million per year worthy.

…i'd like to give Brassard credit for his goal, but that was the epitome of Flyers goaltending. Brutal.

…not sure why AV bumped Klein up to play with Staal down one in the third. Klein brings nothing offensively. He was also outworked along the boards on the fourth goal.

…no idea why Stepan didn't get more playing in the Olympics.

…lots of games left, but Rangers had an opportunity to get five points up on the Flyers for second place, now it's down to just one and the Capitals have drawn to just two points behind with their win over the Bruins this afternoon. Strap yourselves in Rangers fans, this sprint to end the season is going to be a wild ride.

…Rangers better find their physical game between now and tomorrow night or they're going to get mauled by the Bruins.

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Flyers 4, Rangers 2

As the shortened regular season heads towards its conclusion, playoff hopefuls need every point they can get. Tonight, in Philadelphia, the Rangers suffered a costly 4-2 loss at the hands of the Flyers. For a full box score of the game, check out Yahoo! Sports.

- Disappointing would be the best way to describe this loss. The Rangers just were not good enough to win this hockey game. Tried to turn it on in the third period, but it wasn't enough. Sure, they were victimized by some bad bounces early, but did not play hard, or well, enough to deserve a win.

- Costly is another word to use. Every team New York is fighting with for a playoff spot won tonight (Senators, Jets, Islanders, Capitals). Now tied for eighth place with Winnipeg but have a game in hand. Still six games to go, but not getting two points tonight may come back to haunt the team.

- Very rare that another goalie outplays Henrik Lundqvist. By no means did he cost his team the game, but Steve Mason was tested, came up big and won this game for his team. Hank wants that second goal back for sure. 

- It's once again the Rangers needing their top guys to produce and come up empty. Rick Nash wasn't the offensive force we're used to seeing. I would've liked to seen more from Ryan Callahan. 

- Don't underestimate the loss of Brian Boyle. Say all the negative you want, but Boyle is valuable to the team. He's a big body who can win faceoffs and has been better since the trade deadline. Hopefully it's just a minor thing.

- Brad Richards continues to play like he's become 38 overnight. The amount of overthinking and extra pressure he puts on himself is well documented and his performances continue to get worse and worse. I'm not sure what he can do differently to wright the ship for himself. For the Rangers to be successful, they need Richards to put up points. I'm honestly not sure he can do that.

- Mats Zuccarello was one of the few productive Rangers tonight. Scored a nice goal using a defender and was creating offense. Derick Brassard was also effective again. Both have added some playmaking skill to a team that sorely needed it.

- John Moore sprung Zuccarello for his goal and was impressive tonight. He knows when to join the rush and can make good stretch passes. I like his game. He earned more ice time tonight and for the next game.

- Jay Rosehill was the third star for this game? Really? Also, true class and high intelligence shown by the Flyers fans calling Del Zotto a "baby" for taking a puck to the mouth. 

- Two HUGE points up for grabs Thursday night at MSG vs. the Panthers.

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Flyers 4, Rangers 2

The New York Rangers (31-26-4) lost to the Philadelphia Flyers (39-15-5) by the score of 4-2, today. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports and newyorkrangers.com.

…if only this team could finish. When you only have one real sniper on your team there are going to be plenty of games when they just can’t find the back of the net no matter how many golden opportunities they get.

…to show how tough a year Gaborik is having I don’t really think the Rangers are going to miss him, production wise, if he’s out a significant amount of time with this concussion.

…nice to see the MZA-Stepan-Wolski line click again. They can be a very exciting line. Unfortunately, because they are so young they’ll also be inconsistent.

…i know Hank looked pretty bad on that third goal, but if you look at the reply his stick gets caught up with Sauer throwing off his balance and leaving the five hole wide open.

…btw, sorry for the late recap but family comes first.

…thought Sauer and McD had tough games. McD with a giveaway at the blueline before the first Fkyers goal then they allowed Carcillo to get behind them on the above mentioned third goal.

…except for the shootout goal against the Kings, EC has been a no show since returning from injury.

…i mentioned this on Twitter last night. When Fedotenko comes back it might be a good idea to sit Prust for a few games. I give the guy full marks for gutting it out through numerous injuries but they’re starting to catch-up with him.

…no power plays? The refs had to have missed something, right?

…just 11 minutes for Prospal tonight. His return hasn’t exactly sparked Gaborik or the Rangers.

…off tomorrow then a huge game in Carolina.

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Flyers 4, Rangers 2

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The New York Rangers (31-26-4) lost to the Philadelphia Flyers (39-15-5) by the score of 4-2, today. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports and newyorkrangers.com.

…if only this team could finish. When you only have one real sniper on your team there are going to be plenty of games when they just can’t find the back of the net no matter how many golden opportunities they get.

…to show how tough a year Gaborik is having I don’t really think the Rangers are going to miss him, production wise, if he’s out a significant amount of time with this concussion.

…nice to see the MZA-Stepan-Wolski line click again. They can be a very exciting line. Unfortunately, because they are so young they’ll also be inconsistent.

…i know Hank looked pretty bad on that third goal, but if you look at the reply his stick gets caught up with Sauer throwing off his balance and leaving the five hole wide open.

…btw, sorry for the late recap but family comes first.

…thought Sauer and McD had tough games. McD with a giveaway at the blueline before the first Fkyers goal then they allowed Carcillo to get behind them on the above mentioned third goal.

…except for the shootout goal against the Kings, EC has been a no show since returning from injury.

…i mentioned this on Twitter last night. When Fedotenko comes back it might be a good idea to sit Prust for a few games. I give the guy full marks for gutting it out through numerous injuries but they’re starting to catch-up with him.

…no power plays? The refs had to have missed something, right?

…just 11 minutes for Prospal tonight. His return hasn’t exactly sparked Gaborik or the Rangers.

…off tomorrow then a huge game in Carolina.

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