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Apr 30, 2014, 10:44 AM EDT

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the New York Rangers hosting the Philadelphia Flyers starting at 7 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Rangers and Flyers shift their series one last time back to New York, where the Rangers have never lost a Game 7 at Madison Square Garden (5-0 all-time). In their 87th NHL season, the Rangers will play in their 12th Game 7; the Flyers (46th season) will play in their 16th playoff Game 7. Each team has won its last three Game 7s. Philadelphia is 4-3 all-time playing Game 7 on the road.

• The Flyers and Rangers have met once before in a decisive seventh game – in the teams’ first playoff meeting, the 1974 NHL semifinals. The Flyers won, 4-3, at the Spectrum in Philadelphia as Gary Dornhoefer’s third-period goal, his second of the game, held up as the game-winner and made the Flyers the first NHL expansion franchise to take down an Original Six team in the playoffs.

• This is the 11th time an NHL playoff series has played Games 6 and 7 on consecutive days, with the Game 6 winner going on to win exactly half of seventh games. The most recent occurrence was last season’s Rangers-Capitals first-round matchup, in which New York posted back-to-back shutouts in Game 6 (at home) and Game 7 (5-0 win at Washington). During the 2013-14 regular season, New York and Philadelphia had similar success in the second game of back-to-backs (Rangers 9-4-0; Flyers 9-4-1).

• The Rangers last night lost for the 12th consecutive time when holding a lead in a playoff series, including losses in Games 2, 4 and 6 of this series after winning Games 1, 3 and 5. Philadelphia has not held a series lead; dating to the first round in 2012, the Flyers have played 14 playoff games since last winning back-to-back games in a postseason series.

• The Flyers, 2-for-3 on power plays last night, are now 6-for-19 (31.6%) with the man-advantage in the series (second in the playoffs behind Boston, 37.5%). The Rangers, meanwhile, went 0-for-5 in Game 6 and fell to 0-for-their-last-19 going back to Game 2.

• Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds, who entered last night’s game with just one empty-net goal (in Game 2) over his previous 13 playoff games, netted his first career postseason hat trick in Game 6, and with four goals now stands tied for the playoff lead. Two of Simmonds’ three goals last night came on power plays, as did 15 of his 29 goals during the regular season.

• Home teams are a collective 31-14 (.689 win%) thus far this postseason, but Eastern Conference teams are just 11-10 at home. Home teams have won 90 of 149 games all-time (60%) in Game 7s, and the Game 6 winner has gone on to win the seventh game 72 times (48%).

Henrik Lundqvist allowed four goals on 23 shots in two periods of work in Game 6 before being relieved by rookie backup Cam Talbot. Lundqvist had previously allowed one goal or less in 5 of his 10 starts in April, and hadn’t allowed more than three goals in any of those 10 starts before last night. The 32-year-old Swede has allowed a total of four goals in four career Game 7s, in which he is 3-1.

• The Rangers-Flyers series is the only one of the first round that has seen no game reach overtime. Dating to 2007, the Rangers have lost 11 of their last 14 playoff games that reached sudden death; during that same span, the Flyers are 8-7 in OT playoff games.

  1. toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Rags win 3-1 and the Philthy fans will crawl underneath their trailers until October.

    • jbink2585 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      As flyers fan I agree i like the rangers 3-1 also, not quite sure of Philthy comment perhaps that makes you feel cooler, but just makes you look like a MENTAL MIDGET with zero intelligence.

    • gregman98 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      I like the shine on Toilet Clown’s crystal ball.

      A friendly heads-up Jason: Scratch the second instance of “hosting” in the first sentence.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      he’s first to comment on most flyers articles. you can just about SMELL his fear.

      • toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        Are you kidding me? I hope the Pens play the Flygirls, Mason stole the game last night and they’ve looked exhausted and beat the entire series. If by some miracle they do win tonight I for one will be as giddy as your mom’s first day at the cat house.

      • 7mantel - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        tolletclown you hit a all time low with your comment ! Where are the PHT monitors ,this kid is getting worse as time goes on!

      • toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        Lol the morale police is here I see. Go back to your trailer.

      • philafly - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        It’s bizarre that you think Philadelphia is comprised of trailer parks. Have you ever been to Philadelphia, or any city for that matter? Or are you one of those guys who lives out in the middle of nowhere in western PA and pretends to be from Pittsburgh?

      • toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        take a f***ing hint, man. nobody likes you or anything you have to say. you’re wasting your time and ours.

      • toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        Ok bad man, your internet bullying has scared me away.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        bully? do you feel threatened? do I stalk your team’s articles and comment on every single one of them, yet don’t comment on any of MY OWN TEAM’S posts? no to all 3.

        I know you get some perverse kick out of being hated, but how about you disappear… don’t worry, you’ll still be hated. you aren’t even a hockey fan, yet dedicate your entire day to PHT.

      • 7mantel - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        clown you little skel there are no trailers in NYC

      • toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        I’m a very passionate hockey fan, and unlike you I’m never on here after 330pm because I have a life. You sit on here all day long with your sad existence and post nothing after nothing like people actually care what you think and say, I don’t even know how you have the energy but more power to you ya loser.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        lol this guy is priceless.

        I’m getting paid right now, you fool. You, on the other hand, are draining all of your parents’ funds with your incessant cheeto-eating and bedpan dirtying.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        oh and I’m not usually on here after 5… because that’s when my thing called a j-o-b ends. except that it’s now the playoffs, and I’m actually a hockey fan. so I read about it at night, very much unlike yourself.

      • sumkat - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        “I’m never one here after 3:30 PM because of have a life”

        Just not a job. Is that when school is over and there is no wifi at moms house?

    • laxman1944 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      FLUSH

  2. 950003cups - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    This is must watch TV. Can’t predict a winner. Although I think the rags have the home ice edge.

  3. kastout11 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Until last night, the Rags have outplayed the Flyers, but last night the Rags looked beat down. They did not have the speed last night that they had earlier in the series.

    • jbink2585 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      I disagree Rangers played well Mason frustrated Rags early and kept us in it. Mason will not only have to duplicate that performance but probably be better as i hope it happens it seems very unlikely to me.

      • sumkat - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        True, but kastout is correct. The Rangers did basically what they’ve done all series in the Flyers end, but the Flyers were MUCH more effective in the Rangers end last night. Before last night, there wasn’t a single game where the Flyers really put a lot of quality shots on Lunqvist. Not due to lack of effort, they’d had games with a lot of shots. But the majority were from the point, with little traffic, or from the end boards, without a screen, etc.

        Last night was the first game of the series where they were able to get solid chances, on a consistent basis, and get chances from in close. They did a great job of pressuring the Rags (especially on the back check, they had to have a half dozen strips from behind last night) D last night, which they hadn’t done for most of the series

    • sumkat - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      I honestly never saw the Flyers getting out of this series. The Flyers just don’t match up well against the Rangers. There is a reason they were awful against them in the regular season. I thought they’d win a few and take it 6-7, but lose, and I still do. But as far as the Rags outplaying the Flyers. I disagree. Emery let up soft goals in both losses, and even the ones that weren’t soft were usually because he can no longer move side to side well. I honestly think the Flyers already won this series if Mason was around the whole series. Even game 2, Emery didn’t make any saves that made you say “wow”. He just didn’t let in any weak ones. Lunqvist has made some every game.

      But A, the Rangers will have to continue to get the calls. (Nobody could of watched this series objectively, and think the Rangers should have a PP advantage of almost 2 a game, but that’s another story). B, which ties into A, the Rangers special teams have to wake up. After a big advantage in games 1 and 2, the Rangers are now down to under 11%, and the Flyers is up to 33%

      • jbink2585 - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        I disagree with some agree with other flyers dominated periods 2 and 3 in MSG in game #2 thus the 4-2 win. As for your assessment last night Rangers were a buzz start of 1st the flyers were turning it over and Mason keeping it 0-0 was a miracle, but necassry becasue early lead yesterday for rags flyers would have pressed and lost the building. Flyers get a lead tonight rags may face same predicament but i do agree rags are a tough matchup for us and the team i wanted the least.

  4. jucam1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Toilet what is your deal?.. Are you a Pens fan?.. You have city envy?.. I know your little backwater town of Pitt dies with Envy of being Philly, but you guys have titles and stuff in your quaint little backwoods. You really sound sad commenting on all Flyers posts even though your team is already through. I know your little city is dim, and your mom’s basement and lack of friends or a career leave you with a lot of time, but these posts are for adults from real cities like Philly and NYC. Just relax buddy, I am sure mom will make you a really nice meat loaf tonight and you and the rest of the “cool” Yinzers can do all the cool things like commenting in this board all the time to feel tough. Keep your head up champ, you’ll be ok.

    • toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      I almost took you serious until you said real cities like Philly. HAHAHA what a joke. Don’t ever put yourself in the same category of NYC son. You just look ignorant.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        FLUSH…..

  5. xdj511 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    History favors the Rangers tonight, but none of that will matter unless they put out a better effort than they did last night.

    • jbink2585 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      if you look at number history actually doesn’t favor them pretty split and road team as of past few years have faired well in game 7s. All pressure resides on blue shirts and they are home, early lead would really give flyers edge as NYR will press, but again that all sounds well and as Flyers fan id enjoy to see, but heart says flyers Brain says RAGS.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        Umm, the Rangers are undefeated in MSG when playing game 7s …

        History is in their favor.

      • jbink2585 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        Totally but team history does little for current roster go by strictly game7 numbers home.and road teams it’s close to 50 50 who wins Ill take rangers i agree but its not bc there team history in game 7 at MSG

      • flyboystransport - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Rags have never beaten the flyers in the 7th game of a series

  6. ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    headline sounds vaguely familiar…

  7. sumkat - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    One thing is for sure, if the Flyers win, they’ll be ready for the Pens normal antics. The diving and flailing every time a Flyer touches a Ranger would make the Pens blush

    • toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Pens will be ready for the normal goon antics the flyers do every time they hit the ice.

      • sumkat - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        I hope so. IF the Flyers win tonight (a very big if) and the Pens are ready for the Flyers imagined goon antics, they’ll be so concerned about that, that they will take dumb penalties and play their normal dirty game. Why do you think the Flyers are almost perfect in the Pens new stadium.

        It’s been well known for at least the last 5 years that the Pens are the dirtiest team in the league, but keep pretending it’s still the 70’s.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        FLUSH

  8. sjsharks66 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Im going out on a limb and saying Rangers take this one. Just because of home ice. Either way, the next series for the Flyers or Rangers will be a good one!

    • 950003cups - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Are you serious? How on earth are you not freaking out? Your team is on the verge of not only squandering a 3-0 lead in a year where many thought they’ll go to the finals, but by your hated rival!

      • sumkat - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        all the more reason he is trying to keep his mind on the other game 7’s, lol

  9. jucam1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Oh my God, i looked at a lot of post cause I typically just read the good articles on this site. Toilet actually comments on every Flyers post!!!!.. Dear Jesus this is hysterical, seriously what do you do that you have that kind of time!.. Man the pathetic lifestyle and just sad person you must be makes me actually feel bad. I didn’t know I was right and insulting someone with a disability. You hang in there big guy, keep commenting, keep that special helmet on so you don’t injure your self, and stay special!.. I am sure it’s all you got. Now, the adults are going to talk, so just hang tight for a bit.

    • toiletclown - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      The one that puts their toilet town in the same category as the greatest city in America NYC? Me thinks you have a bit of a disability from huffing those PCP fumes you guys smoke around town.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        FLUSH

      • bsfan77 - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        I am so sick of this moron. Does mommy know you post on here? A life after 3:30? Meeting your buddies online for a World of Warcraft marathon? He thinks he knows everything yet he has never posted a comment that makes any sense. Probably has never picked up a hockey stick or even made his way out of mommy’s cellar.

      • bsfan77 - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        I am talking about the p💩s toilet clown.

    • maalea - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      His special helmet has a Pens logo on it. You can tell he’s a special fan.

  10. stroknows - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Dear Rangers, Stop leaving Wayne Simmonds in front of the net alone. It’s like, the only way he scores goals and he’s like really good at scoring goals that way. Best bet would to keep him out of that area instead of let him roam freely like happily grazing buffalo. Sincerely, Rangers fans.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      lol.

      but ya, apparently “Best bet would to keep him out of that area” is easier said than done. there’s no controlling that guy.

      • stroknows - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        They obviously have done a good job all series except for last night. Simmonds scored only on empty netter until last night where he just sat there and the puck just like a magnet went to his stick.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        i mean, that’s it right there. he’s always able to get inside, but the team isn’t always able to get him the puck. he’s been there every game this season though.

  11. exsane - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    I would like to see the flyers win since it would be great hard tough series with the pens. Makes good hockey. But I think the rangers come out and play their best game of this series tonight.

  12. stroknows - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    No mention that Brian Boyle won his first career NHL fight last night?

    • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      yes he was very tall in that fight. so much so that it overpowered Adam Hall’s tallness. he also had no slight edge in tallness-of-arms, whereas Hall had a pretty tough case of smallness-of-arms to deal with. it was almost as if it were a mismatch.

      lol.

      • stroknows - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        Reading comprehension not a strong suit eh?

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        I was rolling with your joke, bud.

      • stroknows - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        Sorry, that was meant for the genius below. Big Foot surprised me last night. Not surprised he won because he is gigantic. I was surprised he actually threw punches this time. Color me shocked.

  13. fortarnold - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    I think/hope you meant to say Brian Boyle got his first win in an NHL fight last night. He has fought before and got tuned up. Braydon Coburn who is closer to his size and rarely fights busted him up good a couple of years ago.

    • stroknows - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Reading comprehension not a strong suit eh?

      • fortarnold - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        “Won his first career NHL fight last night” implies on your part that this was his first career fight in the NHL and that he won it. I am glad you couldn’t comprehend your own writing. If you said “Brian Boyle won a fight for the first time in his NHL career” your statement would be more accurate. I can only assume you and toilet clown have the same fourth grade teacher.

      • stroknows - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        No, it implies he won his first NHL fight.

      • fortarnold - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        “First career NHL fight” is the exact phrase you used. Recess is over. Go back to class.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        he IS right though. how would you say that somebody won the first fight they ever had in the league? exactly as you said it. but I still don’t know why he felt the need to correct you. context was enough to know what you were saying.

  14. macgrubie - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    If Mason plays this whole series it’s already over. Go Flyers

  15. roryflyers - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    I love how people keep saying how awful the flyers were against the rangers during the regular season when they split that series 2-2.
    If they can play the way they did last night the rangers should be worried. Mason has been great in the second half of back to back games this season. I think the flyers have a better chance than most are giving them.

  16. phillysports1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Lets go FLYERS !!!!!

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