PHILADELPHIA, Pa – If anyone thought that the Philadelphia Flyers would just roll over and die just because the New York Rangers had a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6 were sadly mistaken. One Flyer in particular made sure there would be a Game 7 Wednesday night back in New York.
Wayne Simmonds had a hat trick and six shots on net to lead the Flyers to a 5-2 win over the Rangers in Game 6 and once again will face elimination. The only different in Wednesday’s game is that the Rangers will be in the same position the Flyers will be. Goaltender Steve Mason once again looked great in net making 23 saves in the win.
Defenseman Erik Gustafsson made his first start of the playoffs, and, at least for one game, made his Head Coach look like a genius for putting him in the game after Hal Gill had a terrible game in New York in Game 5.
The Rangers Carl Hagelin had New York’s first of two late goals late into the third period breaking Mason’s shutout bid. The Rangers outshot Philly 35-29 and the third period was the only period New York outshot the Flyers. The Rangers Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves on 23 shots. Cam Talbot came into the third to end Lundqvist’s night to get him ready for Game Seven. The winner will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in round two.
The Rangers won the face-off battle 32-29 but the Flyers were 2 for 3 on the power play while NYR were 0 for 5. The only real stat of the night is what is on the scoreboard. That the Flyers for the first time in the series brought the offense. The Flyers not only scored the first goal of the game but the second as well. Knowing they can play their best game can only benefit them going into Game 7.
Now is when we really find out just how good both teams are in Game 7.