There goes home-ice advantage. Now the Blueshirts will need to steal a game from the Flyers as their best-of-seven playoff series heads to Philadelphia tied at one game apiece.
Luke Schenn scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and backup Ray Emery made 31 saves for the Philadelphia Flyers, who rallied to beat the New York Rangers 4-2.
Mason took part in a goalie practice Friday at New York’s Chelsea Piers and said afterward that he is feeling better than he did a few days earlier. He has set his sights on playing Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
One down, three to go. The Blueshirts haven’t lost to Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden since March 6, 2011, outscoring the Flyers 35-10 in that span.
The New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-1 in the playoff opener on Thursday night to stretch their home-winning streak over the rival Flyers to nine games.
We know that hockey fans are extremely devoted. But this? This might be a bit much.
This could be Nash’s chance to truly endear himself to Blueshirts fans by putting in some dominant performances against the hated Flyers, starting tonight.
It doesn’t matter if these longtime rivals are in the Patrick, Atlantic, or newly formed Metropolitan Division, when New York and Philadelphia clash, it is every bit of a backyard brawl.
The Rangers-Flyers first-round playoff series is set to begin on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, but the nastiness has already begun.
Rangers forward Martin St. Louis is finally comfortable at MSG, just in time for his introduction to one of the fiercest rivalries in the NHL.
Since these two teams are no strangers to each other on the ice, it’s not surprising the playoff prices would increase once the Flyers showed up on the Rangers’ playoff schedule.
Any goalie can catch fire and carry a team to glory, one key injury can suddenly decimate the hopes of a legitimate Cup contender and an unheralded player can step forward and have the series of his life.
It’s been 17 years since the Rangers and Flyers met in the playoffs. There’s a sense of enormity brewing ahead of what should be a memorable, tightly fought, blood-and-guts kind of series.
“It’s a pretty good rivalry,” Rangers forward Brian Boyle said last week, “because we hate each other.” Here’s what you’ll need to know to set the DVR.
If you are an old school hockey fan you have to hope the Columbus Blue Jackets take the rest of the regular season off. That way, the Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers can resume a rivalry that’s among the most storied in the NHL.