The New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers by the score of 4-1 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
…so, pretty much everything we all said the Rangers needed to do to win this series they did to perfection tonight. They walked away from the silly stuff, took advantage of the predictably undisciplined Flyers and dominated puck possession. Couldn’t ask for a better way to open up the playoffs for the Blueshirts.
…the Rangers scored two power play goals in 47 seconds tonight. They had four the entire postseason last year. If they continue to make the Flyers pay for their sins, this is going to be a short series.
…if this is Richards’ swan song in a Rangers uniform, he nailed the opening act.
…when Giroux and Voracek combine for ZERO shots on goal, you know you’ve done something special on defense. Wonder if Berube is reconsidering that change in offensive philosophy.
…although, with the way the Rangers fourth line shut the Flyers top trio down, I’m not sure it mattered what their game plan was going into the game. Amazing what happens when a coach rolls four lines. Wish Torts would have thought of that.
…McDonagh started like a guy who hadn’t played since April 1st, but he got stronger and stronger as the game wore on.
…Lundqvist had so little work, the Rangers could have won with this guy between the pipes tonight…
…i continue to be surprised with the physicality of Fast’s game. I absolutely did not expect that from him.
…in fact, I was very impressed with the entire team’s battle level tonight. They finished their checks all night, were relentless on the forecheck and won every puck battle.
…anyone have Akeson’s hotel room number? I’d like to send him a thank you note.
…in a series that you need to have your big boy pants on, the two smallest guys on the ice loomed large for the Rangers.
…hysterical watching the Flyers become completely unraveled thinking the Rangers would take the bait.
…one negative was not enough traffic in front of Emery. Until the two power play goals, it was looking like the typical Rangers performance against a back-up. Lots of shots from the perimeter, with zero net presence. Rangers need to get more pressure towards the goal in Game 2.
…it sure didn’t look like the Flyers had an answer to the Rangers top two lines as they were able to use their speed through the neutral zone virtually unimpeded.
…very curious to see where the Flyers go from here. Do they double down on their efforts to play a physical game or does Berube switch things up by allowing his skill players to do their thing. Either way, I think the Rangers domination tonight has Philly searching for answers.
…off until Easter Sunday for Game 2.
Post game talk…