Alain Vigneault on today’s game… “We knew that they were going to come out with a good game. We had a good start. There wasn’t a lot of room out there in the first period. In the second period, this game can be funny sometimes. I thought it was our best period of the night. We had some grade A chances, our power play had some great looks and they scored two and we didn’t. At the end of the night that was the game.”
Martin St. Louis on not capitalizing on the team’s scoring chances…“You have to give credit; Ray Emery played a pretty good game. We did a good job generating some chances, but at the end of the day we, collectively, have to find the back of the net.”
Henrik Lundqvist on the team’s effort…“We definitely got the start we were looking for. They managed to turn things around. I thought we played really good, but we came up short there in the third. We had a couple good looks and chances. It was not enough today. I think there were a lot of good things, especially the start and the way that we came out.”
2:55PM First Period:
- Martin St. Louis 1 (Assists: Derek Stepan 1, Rick Nash 2)
- Benoit Pouliot 1 (power-play) (Assists: Derick Brassard 1, Mats Zuccarello 1)
- Jakub Voracek 1 (Assists: Scott Hartnell 2, Claude Giroux 1)
- Jason Akeson 1 (power-play) (Assists: Brayden Schenn 1, Vincent Lecavalier 1)
- Luke Schenn 1 (Assists: Adam Hall 1, Michael Raffl 1)
- Wayne Simmonds 1 (power-play empty net) (Unassisted)
- I thought that the Rangers played alright tonight but made some mistakes and it cost them. They had a good start and seemed to be in control but the Flyers didn't back down, played a much better game and scored at important times and on their chances.
- The Rangers PP scored early and then couldn't get another to tie the game. They had some chances but in the end Ray Emery made all the saves after the Rangers first two goals. They had some good opportunities, moved the puck well but just couldn't cash in at a crucial moment like they did in game one.
- The puck movement on the Rangers goals was excellent but the Flyers seemed to close up some of those gaps as the game went on and allow Ray Emery to be stationary more rather than moving from post to post.
- It was noted in the NY Post and I think by Kenny Albert during the game that the Rangers haven't won a Game 2 in a series since 2009 against Washington. I don't know if that is a coincidence or something else but it sure is interesting. The Rangers had a chance to grab hold tonight, and it looked that way with an early 2-0 lead, but they let it slip away.
- In the end this was the type of Flyers team the Rangers should have expected to see in this series. It's going to be a battle each game and wouldn't surprise me to see each team alternate wins leading up to game seven. The Rangers need to be better and play a good road game on Tuesday night in Philly.
Game notes from the Rangers:
- The Rangers were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, today at Madison Square Garden in Game 2 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals. The best-of-seven series is now tied 1-1.
- The Blueshirts were 1-6 (11:27) on the power play in the contest. New York has tallied a power play goal in each of its last four playoff games, dating back to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 23, 2013 vs. Boston. The Rangers are 5-for-19 (26.3%) on the power play over the span. The last time the Blueshirts registered a power play goal in four straight playoff contests was from Apr. 13 – Apr. 25, 2008 (Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. New Jersey to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Pittsburgh).
- New York outshot Philadelphia, 33-25, in the contest, including a 17-9 advantage in the second period. The Rangers have outshot the Flyers, 69-40, in the series, and have registered more shots than the Flyers in five of the six periods during the first two contests.
- The Rangers were credited with 30 hits in the game, as 13 different skaters were credited with at least one, and eight Blueshirts had at least two.
- The Blueshirts won 37 of 68 faceoffs (54.4%) in the contest, as four of five Rangers who took a faceoff won at least 50 percent of draws. Derek Stepan led all skaters with 12 faceoff wins, while Dominic Moore led all skaters in faceoff win percentage (60%; 6-for-10).
- Six different Rangers have tallied a goal, and 10 different Blueshirts have tallied a point in the first two games of the series against the Flyers. The last time six different Rangers registered a goal in the first two games of a playoff series was the 2007 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Atlanta Thrashers.
- Martin St. Louis tallied the game’s first goal and recorded three shots on goal while leading all forwards with 23:38 of ice time. The Rangers forward has a five-game playoff point streak against the Flyers, dating back to May 15, 2004 – Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals – when he was a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. St. Louis has registered seven points (one goal, six assists) over the span, and has recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in nine career playoff games against Philadelphia. The Rangers forward has three points (one goal, two assists) in two games during this series.
- Benoit Pouliot recorded a power play goal and was credited with three hits in 13:25 of ice time. Pouliot’s tally was the first power play goal of his playoff career, and he has tallied a point in consecutive games for the second time in playoff action (one goal, one assist). The Rangers forward has registered a point in 10 of his last 12 overall games, including nine of his last 10, recording 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the 12 contests.
- Derek Stepan registered an assist, recorded two shots on goal and was 12-for-21 on faceoffs (57.1%) in 21:23 of ice time. The Rangers forward has recorded 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in his last 25 overall games. Stepan has also tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in his last seven playoff games, including two points in the first two games of the series against the Flyers (one goal, one assist).
- Derick Brassard tallied an assist, registered two shots on goal, and won eight of 16 faceoffs (50%) in 15:06 of ice time. Brassard has registered nine points (two goals, seven assists) in seven career playoff games at Madison Square Garden.
- Rick Nash recorded an assist and registered a game-high, six shots on goal in 20:48 of ice time. The Rangers forward has tallied a point in each of the Blueshirts’ two playoff games (two assists), and has six points (one goal, five assists) in his last eight playoff games. As of the conclusion of the Rangers’ contest today, Nash leads all skaters in the NHL with 13 shots on goal in the playoffs.
- Mats Zuccarello registered an assist, recorded two shots on goal, and was credited with three hits in 15:07 of ice time. Zuccarello has recorded six points (one goal, five assists) in seven career playoff games at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers’ leading scorer this season has registered a point in 44 of his last 72 overall games, dating back to Oct. 26 at Detroit, registering 61 points (20 goals, 41 assists) over the stretch. Zuccarello has tallied a point in eight of his last 12 playoff games, registering nine points (two goals, seven assists) over the span.
- Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 of 24 shots he faced in the contest. The Rangers goalie has a 1-1 record in this year’s playoffs, and a 19-15 record in 34 career playoff games at Madison Square