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Opportunistic Rangers pull away from Flyers, take 1-0 series lead

Apr 17, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin came up big for his team on Thursday. Sometimes that even means bleeding at the right time.

More: Flyers head coach Craig Berube says Jason Akeson needs to be better with his stick

Philadelphia Flyers winger Jason Akeson‘s hi-stick drew blood on the Swedish speedster, nabbing a double-minor for the Rangers. The Blueshirts took advantage of that opportunity, turning a 1-1 tie into a crushing 3-1 lead in less than one minute. A (literally) wounded Hagelin poured metaphorical salt into the Flyers’ wounds by scoring a 4-1 goal, which ended up being the final score.

Here are clips for the two power-play goals:

The Rangers now have a 1-0 series lead against their heated rivals. They’ve also forced Flyers players to answer what must be an annoying question for at least a little longer, as the Rangers’ winning streak against Philly at Madison Square Garden extends to nine games (with a 35-10 cumulative score disparity).

As much as many will blame Akeson, the Flyers cannot be too happy about their efforts in the third period. Even giving some leeway for the stream of penalties Philly took, the team seemed to lose its composure and aggressiveness; the Rangers generated a 13-1 shot advantage in the final frame.

Overall, the Flyers only managed 15 shots on goal … the Rangers nearly matched that total in two different periods (14 in the first; 13 in the third).

It’s a staggering way for the Flyers to lose, as this one got away from them, yet one can definitely wonder what would have happened if that Akeson hi-stick didn’t happen or it wasn’t a double-minor. The bottom line is that it did happen and the Rangers took full advantage of that golden opportunity.

The Flyers face many questions, but fair or not, many will also wonder if the Flyers can afford to roll with Ray Emery instead of an injured Steve Mason in net. (Did you miss Flyers goalie storylines?)

  1. billiam55 - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Power Play makes the difference! Good game by the rangers, folding flyers to only 15 shots. LGR

  2. gnashty - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Mason would not have mattered in today’s game. Rangers were the better team, period. Luckily for the Flyers in the NHL not the NFL. Game 2 on Sunday. Better play much better if you want to beat the rangers.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Dude game was even up till the double minor

      • gnashty - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        I’m not saying it wasn’t. But the Flyers were not the better team… They weren’t! The flyers first line was essentially nonexistent…. Again! But it’s only game one! Come on Flyers!

      • stakex - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        The score, which admittedly is the most important part, was in fact even up. However the Rangers carried the play, and significantly out shot the Flyers during the first two periods. The Flyers also only had one shot in the first 8 minutes of the 3rd. Again the score is the most important part, and the Flyers no doubt had a chance to steal the game despite being out played, but gnashty is correct… if the Flyers don’t play any better, they aren’t going to win. You can’t rely on stealing games in which you are being out played when in comes to the playoffs.

      • gnashty - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        Flyers need to get the monkey off their back at MSG.. Did I say monkey? I meant an oversized ape. Game 2 will show us all if the Flyers even have a chance in this series – they need to be more competitive in the offensive zone. That G line has to find a way to get things ramped up against Mcdonagh.

  3. bobhpine - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM



    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      I think in 1975 your team never beat the Flyers

  4. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Rangers did not impress me at all,, game was decided on double minor

    • miketoasty - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      Flyers didn’t impress me at all. Complete meltdown after going down by two goals. But hey, no one ever comes back after being down by 2…. Oh wait.

      • geejon - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        It was embarrassing. Only down 2 and they seemed more concerned with slashing than anything else. And their captain of all people started it off! Bruins are a big, physical team too but you don’t see that kind of stupidity and lack of discipline from them.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        Except from Marchand, Lucic, and Thornton. Get back in the corner you Homer.

    • actuary17 - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      So holding a team to 15 SOG does not impress you? Please, tell me, what does impress you?

    • billiam55 - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:18 PM


    • arrow43050 - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      You know, the Flyers could have actually KILLED that double minor. Just taking the penalties doesn’t mean the Rangers get credited with goals. The game was decided by not being able to kill off a penalty. Could have been a quintuple minor or just a single minor. Flyers only had 1 shot in the 3rd period. You’re not going to score the needed 2 goals to win if you only take 1 shot. Just sayin’.

    • 6superbowls - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      Elmerbrown? Did the 15 shots on goal impress you? Go into hiding tonight dude.

    • gnashty - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Elmer, as a fellow Flyer fan to another Flyers fan. Please stop lol.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        Stop trying to favor curry with the YINZERS !

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Any Flyers fan that blames this game on goaltending didn’t watch the game. The defense didn’t understand of ‘marking up’ in their own zone. The offense didn’t seem to have the desire to get pucks to the net and have bodies following suit. The Flyers played like this was a regular season game. NYR didn’t and that’s why they won. And there were people here in Philly saying they would rather face the Rangers. Well, here you have it.

  6. laxman1944 - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:51 PM


  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    The Flyers are to the Rangers what the Pens are to the Flyers. Neither can win in either ones building. Entertaining game. Powerplay was huge in this one.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Not really the rangers are never favored to win the Cup

    • maalea - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Oh, not even close. The Flyers own the Pens in their new barn.

    • laxman1944 - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Nailed it “Rulez”

      See how they respond Sunday at NOON!!!

      Too early

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        THANKS!!!!!! laxman1944

  8. c9castine - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    that went totally different than i thought it would…

    actually it was one isolated play in which they lost their discipline, although the giroux penalty didnt help right after. besides that the flyers were just completely shut down and lost a lot of puck battles and looked inefficient.

  9. thephillyfanclub - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    I guess someone forgot to tell the flyers that the playoffs had started, because that was one of the most embarrassing playoff performances I have ever seen for the orange and black, the whole damn game I was waiting for a Laviolette timeout. Hats off to the rangers, came to the game way more prepared for a playoff game, I think they will have a more competitive effort next game, if not, I don’t know if I will be able to watch, because that was nearly unwatchable.

    • thephillyfanclub - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      And before smarta** says anything yes I’m aware Craig berube is their coach, but I miss those classic time outs Lavy would call, and Jesus if we ever needed one today.

    • laxman1944 - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Take a deep breath

      go outside

      Totally understand

  10. stakex - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    You know I said this the other day…. the big question for the Flyers was going to be can they get through the Rangers defense/goaltending. It doesn’t take a detailed analysis of the numbers to concluded that, at least in this game, the answer was a resounding no. The Flyers issue is that they are an offense over defense kind of team, and they match up very poorly with the Rangers as this game illustrates.

    The only concern for the Rangers is that despite controlling the play for most of the first two periods, they were still only one shot away from trailing until they broke through on the power play in the mid part of the 3rd. When you dominate play like that for two and a half periods, you can’t be tied… or you’re asking for trouble.

  11. laughernyc - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    The team stepped it up and kept Philly away from its strengths. The definition of a well-coached and executed game plan. That was 60 minutes of unadukterated hockey joy. Refs missed a lot of calls, were inconsistent, but die nit decide the game. Weak play by kids and strobpng exevution decided it.

    If these guys stay healthy they should have plenty in the tank this year. With Kreider back, it will be even more potent. Falk was excellent. Diaz, Moore… This is the type of roster that can bump it uo.

    JOY. Joy. JOY.

  12. roryflyers - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    I’m glad zucarello can hold raffl down and punch him in the back of the head and that’s fine, but the flyers get called for everything possible. Not saying the flyers played a good game, they didn’t. But god these refs were inconsistent.

    • 7mantel - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Zuc did get called on that ,Schenn to a penalty to even up penalties !

      • 7mantel - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM


    • cofran2004 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      did you even watch the game? Zuccarello DID get called for that. The problem was that Schenn hit brassard with a high stick before the rangers could gain control of the puck. And as the great band Aerosmith has said time and time again, those were “coincidental minors, nothin’ to show.”

  13. geejon - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Late in the 2nd, Flyers had a delayed power play coming to them and before the Rangers can gain control of the puck for a whistle, Schenn wacks Brassard in the face with his stick, evening things out. Then in the 3rd, Akeson bloodies Hagelin’s face with his stick. Double minor. Still a 3-1 game with 8 minutes to go and the Flyers start taking one stupid cheap-shot penalty after another. You’re not gonna win a playoff series playing stupid, undisciplined hockey. All the critics who said Philly can’t control themselves and the Rangers will make them pay on the PP are patting themselves on the back. Grow up and play hockey and stop with the stupidity or you’re gonna get swept.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Broad Street Bullies.

  14. maalea - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    The Flyers played well for about 15 minutes of the 1st period. Lots of pressure on the forecheck,not a lot of chances but controlled the action for chunks of time but were out played most of the 2nd and 3rd.

  15. flyerspsu - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Rangers were out playing the flyers before the double minor, but can we please get rid of the blood=4 min rule, it makes absolutely no sense and is pure random in which what high sticks draws blood

    • c9castine - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      its meant to measure severity of the infraction, but i kinda agree. sometimes you get hard in the forehead, nothing. get hit hard in the lip, your gonna bleed. it is pretty random.

      • flyerspsu - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        Yeah I understand what its purpose is meant to be but it doesn’t serve that purpose, blood doesnt mean its worse, shots to the mouth are more susceptible to blood than let’s say the cheek, also a grazing blow is more likely to cause a cut rather than a solid clean blow, now we have incidental high sticks being randomly given double minors in crucial parts of games

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

        Unless you are Scott Hartnell. Then you can skate over to the ref, show him your bloody top lip, blood on your finger(which you can see on the camera) and still only get 2 min. Not saying this is one of the reasons they lost, Just highlighting the inconsistent officiating.

    • arrow43050 - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      uh, we can go back the way it used to be not that long ago which was a 5-minute major for drawing blood. you get a major for injuring another player on a penalty, but it often happens that a player high sticks someone by accident so they reduced the automatic penalty for high sticking alone. any other stick offense that results in injury is done with either malice or intent to injure–slashing, spearing, butt ending and cross-checking so an injury caused by one of those remains 5 minutes. if you draw blood, that is an injury that cannot be faked, so you deserve a more severe penalty than just getting your stick up and making contact high on the body in a way that might not even be felt. the rule doesn’t need to be changed. failing to kill the penalty when it’s taken needs to be changed.

  16. iceman8383 - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Let’s Go Rangers!!!

  17. blueshirtsfaithful - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    The refs were very constant Zuc got called for the punch!! Did you miss 2 min 4 on 4? The flyer got called on all blatant penalties. Everyone knows how the flyers play, they take a lot of penalties. Can you tell me one penalty the Rangers got away with? I’m pretty sure the flyers could have had at least 2 more penalties, a too many men call and a tripping call.

    • arrow43050 - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      I’m a die-hard Ranger fan but McDonagh cross-checked Giroux pretty obviously in the slot and it wasn’t called.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      Trip on Simmonds and someone else on the same shift within 4 minutes of the first, and McDonough’s major league crosscheck on Giroux come to mind.

  18. har21441 - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    LOL Giroux

    • flyerspsu - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Guy has 55 pts in 51 playoff games and you are all over him after 1 quiet game?

  19. President Charles Logan - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Hank didnt have to do too much against that big bad self proclaimed offensive juggernaut that the Flyers boast lol.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      You’re right. He wasn’t tested and seeing that he let one in and two rang off the post just emphasize the fact that if you fire shots at Hankie they’ll go in. He’s like the Swedish version of Fleury…minus the cup ring of course.

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        lol he;s literally owned the rangers over the past what? 8 years? …

    • flyerspsu - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      The flyers offense always struggles vs the rangers, its really a terrible matchup for the flyers, hopefully they can change that

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      I’d love to know where you got the “self proclaimed” title from. Apperently you haven’t watched hockey this season cause you’d know that the flyers were the only team to have 7 twenty plus goal scorers on their team an the closes to that was the bruins with 5. Get your facts straight. Just cause they were stale in one game doesn’t mean they’re no longer one of the top offensive teams in the league you idiot

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        lol it’s ok nancy settle down it’s only one game . ya’ll play well at the madison sq garden ( sarcastic chuckle)

  20. blueshirtsfaithful - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Sounds like you were wrong roryflyers.

  21. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    If the Flyers play one more game like this one, the Rangers will sweep.

    Pitiful effort by the Flyers.

  22. roryflyers - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    My bad, thought the rangers pp was from a tripping call after that. Oh well, as I said int previous post flyers did not show up. Hoping that changes in game two.

  23. malkamania71 - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    I thought that Emery played pretty well in this game. He was completely left alone on that first goal, poor Couturier looked lost when he had to cover Zuccarello on D. But all in all, it’s one game. It’s the NHL Playoffs. Anything can happen.

    I’m actually hoping for the Flyers to win because a Pens/Flyers series is just too much fun to not have no matter what the result is.

  24. kastout11 - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    The Rangers took the Flyers behind the woodshed. The Rangers totally dominated every facet of the game. Also, I don’t blame Axeson or Emery. The Flyers were totally outplayed the entire game, and I don’t think any Flyers fan really thought they were going to win the game just before the penalty. They did not have a shot on goal the first 8 minutes of the 3rd period. They really need to come out with more intensity in game 2. All the talk was about how they were going to hit McDonaugh a lot, and the only guy I saw hit him was Hartnell. Hartnell was a beast last night, but the rest of the line was terrible. I think it the postgame on NBC last night, I heard that was the 3rd straight game at MSG that G has not had a shot on goal. Are you freaking kidding me. If the best player on your team does not have a shot on goal or play like the best player on the ice, you are not going to win. Girardi and McConaugh totally shut that line down. I would consider moving Voracek to the 2nd line to spread more offense to another line. He is not effective on the G line at MSG, maybe in Philly where they get the last change, they can put them back together, but it is not working at MSG. I hope the boys play better in game 2, but after watching the game last night, I have a lot less confidence in our boys then I did before game 1.

  25. whammy71 - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    I love that the Cryers lost cause of “Cryer hockey” – gooned it up…got caught with a double minor…and paid the price.

    And talk about dirty play – Claudia Gayrioux swings his stick at a Rangers head. He should be suspended on intent alone. But this is the NHL and they’re not that smart.

  26. joey4id - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Mistakes! They will more often than not kill you. I wrote here a couple of days ago that the Flyers d (Schenn, Coburn, Grossman) are too slow, and make mistakes.

    “Coburn’s lateral movements are slow, and that becomes more obvious when he’s moving east/west with the puck, or battling for puck possession in the d zone. He’ll cough up the puck more often than not if pressured behind the goal line.”

    Coburn lost the battle behind the net against Boyle leading to a Ranger goal. Overall the Rangers have better d men, and are more disciplined, better coached and have the superior goalie.

  27. bigdong28 - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    The Rangers literally played a perfect game. Gotta respect them. Flyers are going to at least show some resemblance of heart if they want to compete in this series.

  28. podevil - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Philly meltdown! Knew it was coming..just a matter of when!

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