Flyers Fall In Game 5, Face Elimination

Published on April 28th, 2014

By Russ Cohen  

New York — The New York Rangers dominated Game 5 for a large portion of the game and the Philadelphia Flyers managed to stay in the game. Claude Giroux finally scored his first 2014 playoff goal at 18:31 of the third period with the extra attacker on the ice but they still lost 4-2.

“When we pull our goalie the guys are working extremely hard against a tough team. We can’t rely on late comebacks we have to make sure we’re playing a full game that’s a lot stronger than we’ve been playing,” said Mason. “The series definitely isn’t over. We’re looking forward to going back home.”

The Rangers took a 1-0 lead on Marc Staal’s first goal of the playoffs at 11:53 of the opening period. They took that lead into the locker room and they built it to 3-0 at 16:20 of the middle period.

“We have to earn it every night. I think we earned it tonight,” said Rangers forward, Martin St. Louis, who added his 4th helper of the series on the Staal goal.

Vinny Lecavalier scored on a hard shot that found its way past Henrik Lundqvist at 19:27 of the second and the stage was set for another interesting third period as the Flyers closed the gap to 3-1.

Hal Gill played a huge role in this game. Since he had only played in 6 regular season games the odds of him being a big contributor were a dice roll away. Well the Flyers got snake eyes because he was on the ice for two goals, the toughest coming from Dominic Moore when he turned around the veteran defenseman en route to Mason and the Rangers second goal of the game.

The Flyers will certainly look at making a few adjustments as they try and stave off elimination Tuesday night, at 7:30 PM at the Wells Fargo Center. It seems likely that Eric Gustafsson will take Gill’s place while both of them fill in for an injured Niklas Grossmann who may miss a second game with a presumed knee injury.

The other change could be a forward swap. Scott Laughton, who starred in the OHL playoffs this year for the Oshawa Generals might get a look and he could possibly take Zac Rinaldo’s spot in the lineup to add some more skill to the lineup. If the Flyers want to continue on they have to forget about mixing it up and try and open up their offense a lot more to create some better scoring chances. With just 4 goals in the last two games their scoring seems to have plateaued at the worst possible time.

Source:  Andrew King

Source: Andrew King

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