Ray Emery made 31 saves, while Luke Schenn netted the game-winning goal—his first career playoff goal--11:18 into the second period, propelling the Flyers to a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers in game 2 of their First Round Eastern Conference Series Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
Emery stood on his head all game, stopping all 17 shots he faced in a frantic second period in which the Flyers were outshot 17-9. After making 32 saves in game 1, Emery came up even bigger in game 2, backstopping a Flyers team that was outshot 33-25 by the Rangers.
After Martin St.Louis and Benoit Pouliot put the Rangers up 2-0 early in the game, Jakub Voracek and Jason Akeson responded for Philly later on, knotting the game at two.
Luke Schenn gave the Flyers the lead 11:18 into the second period.
Adam Hall created the play, driving to the net and wiring a shot that Lundqvist turned away.
Schenn pinched in from the blueline, hopping on the rebound and beating Lundqvist with a backhand shot that found the upper part of the net.
The goal held up as the game-winner as Wayne Simmonds tallied an empty-netter with 26 remaining in regulation to give the Flyers the 4-2 win.
With the victory, the Flyers snap a nine-game losing streak at MSG, winning in New York for the first time since Feb. 20, 2011.
The series is now tied 1-1 and will head back to Philadelphia for game 3 on Tuesday.
The Rangers struck first on Sunday, scoring the first two goals of the game during the first 8:22 of play.
Martin St.Louis opened the scoring 4:08 into the game, beating Ray Emery for his first goal of the playoffs.
The play was setup by playmaker Dereck Stepan, who took a pass from Rick Nash in the high slot before dishing out to St.Louis--who was parked in the right circle.
St.Louis slid a few strides before one-timing the Stepan pass past the glove of Emery, giving the Rangers the 1-0 lead.
Benoit Pouliot added to the lead on a power play just over four minutes later. With Sean Couturier in the box for roughing, Pouliot took a wonderful cross-ice pass from Derick Brassard before wiring one past Emery.
Just like that, the Rangers were up 2-0 with just 8:22 passed in the hockey game.
The Flyers took three minor penalties in the first frame, something they knew they were supposed to cut out heading into game two.
The Flyers got the important next goal before the period expired though, and it came courtesy of Jakub Voracek.
Voracek drove the puck down the right side, beating Rangers’ star defenseman Ryan McDonagh before cutting to the net and beating Henrik Lundqvist in tight, putting the Flyers on the board with just over five minutes remaining in the first.
Voracek’s third career playoff goal made it 2-1 Rangers heading into the second period.
The Flyers tied the game 5:45 into the second period, and it came courtesy of rookie Jason Akeson.
Akeson—who took the double minor penalty in game 1 that ultimately cost the Flyers the game—redeemed himself on the power play in game 2.
After a Vincent Lecavalier point shot got denied by Lundqvist, Brayden Schenn captured the rebound in the slot.
Schenn dished the puck to Akeson, who was parked to the right of Lundqvist. Akeson wired the shot past the blocker of the Rangers’ goalie, knotting the game at two.
Ray Emery was outstanding in the second period, stopping all 17 shots he faced from the Rangers. His best save came on sniper Rick Nash, who had a glorious opportunity all alone in the slot.
The Flyers shut the door in the third period and got a break with 1:17 remaining in the game.
With Henrik Lundvist headed to the bench for the extra attacker, the Rangers put one too many players on the ice, meaning the Flyers would head to the power play for the remaining of regulation.
With the goalie pulled for 5-on-5 action, Mat Read got the puck to Simmonds, who buried the puck for an empty-net goal.
- With Steve Mason out with an injury, Ray Emery started back-to-back game for first time this season
- The goal by St.Louis was his first even-strength tally since coming over to the Rangers at the trade deadline
- Both of Akeson’s and Schenn’s goals were their first ever NHL playoff goals
- The Rangers went 1-for-6 on the power play, while the Flyers went 1-for-3
- This was the 10th time since 2005-06 the Flyers came into Game 2 down 1-0 in a series. They won four of the previous nine times
- When the Flyers win a Game 2 of a playoff series, they are 30-7. When they lose, however, they are 8-23
- Scoot Hartnell picked up an assist on the Voracek goal. Hartnell leads all Flyers with two points through two playoff games
- Braydon Coburn led all Flyers with five shots on goal and 21:58 of ice time. He also blocked four shots
- Claude Giroux doesn’t have a shot on goal in this series, but he picked up an assist on Sunday and led all Flyers with a plus-2 rating
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