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.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots, and the New York Rangers stretched their season-best winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.
Jaromir Jagr scored the winning goal to snap a third-period tie and led the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
In exchange for the 27-year-old defenseman the Isles received a second round draft pick in 2015, a third rounder in 2014 and AHLer Matt Mangene.
Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday.
Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal on a power play late in regulation and then netted the decisive tally in the shootout for the New York Islanders, who rallied past the Flyers 4-3 Monday.
Daniel Carcillo, Rick Nash and Derick Brassard scored less than 10 minutes into the game, and Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves as the New York Rangers routed the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Sunday night.
Brayden Schenn scored at 1:50 of overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Tuesday night after giving up a late short-handed goal that forced the extra session.
The Rangers announced on Monday that recently-retired goaltender Martin Biron will be joining the MSG Network as a studio analyst for select telecasts.
Martin Brodeur stopped 22 shots, and Adam Henrique and Cam Janssen each scored goals to lead the Devils to a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
New Jersey has been held scoreless over the past 149 minutes and six seconds, going back to Jaromir Jagr’s goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Devils’ 2-1 victory last Tuesday night in Newark.
The New York Rangers just can’t figure out how to pick themselves up — even against the cellar-dwelling Philadelphia Flyers.