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Rangers narrowly edge out Flyers in Game 7

Apr 30, 2014, 9:53 PM EST

If the Philadelphia Flyers or New York Rangers needed a two-win edge to advance to the next round, we might have to wait until July for this thing to be resolved, but as it is the Rangers were able to edge out Philadelphia 2-1 in Game 7.

In the end, the difference in this series was the second period of tonight’s contest. Those 20-minutes were a largely one-sided affair with Flyers goaltender Steve Mason being the only thing preventing this game from turning into a blowout.

The Rangers were able to beat Mason twice in that period thanks to Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard pulling off some great passes that were capitalized on by Daniel Carcillo and Benoit Pouliot respectively.

Philadelphia bounced back in the third period and Flyers forward Jason Akeson found the back of the net to make things interesting, but it proved to be too little, too late.

The Rangers are still undefeated in Game 7s that take place in Madison Square Garden, but they do have some concerns going forward. For one thing, they are now on an 0-for-21 slump with the man advantage, per NHL.com’s Brian Compton. Rick Nash is also still searching for his first goal of the 2014 playoffs, although he did have a strong game otherwise.

New York will play against the Penguins next for the first time since the 2008 playoffs when Pittsburgh beat them in five games.

  1. canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    The Rangers are 0-5 all time in playoff series vs the Penguins

    • 7mantel - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Past history !

      • cheesesteak75 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        Yes, history is In the past.

      • joey4id - May 1, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        Agreed! Don’t put to much stock in history. Especially the type of history from the past. Get off the sauce Mickey.

      • 7mantel - May 1, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        Still angry over my bs post i see ! That’s ok! btw I don’t drink or smoke ! Past history ,it was a bad attempt at trying to be funny !

      • joey4id - May 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        LOL! It’s was too good to pass on. No biggie! I still like you. Go Rangers! I’ve got them going against the Bruins in the ECF.

    • chanceoffleury - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Yeah, and Columbus had never won a playoff game before. What’s your point? Pens can’t take anybody lightly, especially as the season gets deeper. Lundqvist is gonna be a real test for them. Hopefully they’ve tightened up their D and Malkin safely guided Crosby and Neal back from the mystical fountain of goal scoring with many riches in tow.

      • canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        Wasn’t meant to infer anything in regards to the outcome of the upcoming series. I just found it interesting considering the Rangers are an original six franchises and they have never eliminated the Penguins in their storied history.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        I think the Pens will win this series I was not impressed with the KING not knocking him I thought he was average ,(defense blocked a lot of shots) ,,,average because the FLYERS did not get enough pucks on him I expect him to see a lot of rubber in this series and enough will go in to give the Pens the series

      • joey4id - May 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        chance, I really don’t like the way Pit won that series. As you mentioned, we saw how their d let CBJ back in the game after scoring 4 unanswered goals. Pens looked very good in the 3-1 win, but they seem unable to be consistent. Should we be “hoping” at this time of the year that their d play is tight? idk, you’d think after an 82 game season they would be a well oiled machine. Should be a heck of a series.

    • billiam55 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      lol canucks. quit chirping.

  2. whiskytango333 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    One. Nine. Seven. Five.

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      1940

  3. bru308 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    1975

  4. har21441 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    LOL giroux

    • cheesesteak75 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Elite player, LOL

  5. canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Flyers fans are going to be an a hot dog shaking uproar tonight

  6. maalea - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Congrats Rangers!!! Good clean series.

  7. President Charles Logan - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    this series shouldnt have even gotten to 7 games.. had it not been for mason it would have been done in 5 . . i will say i was wrong about him this past summer.. i picked on flyers fans and told them they should trade for another proven goalie but he was solid for most of the year . isnt it ironic.. they finally get some decent goaltending in a playoff series and they still find a way to lose … the pens will beat the rags handily

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      you sound like a fool

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        and you sound ga*y .. which means i wont wind up getting along with you too well

    • maalea - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      And if Mason is healthy at the start of the series, there may have been a different winner..

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        naw the rangers were the better team maalea … in all the games but 6

      • maalea - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        The Rangers cannot close out a game, With goaltending like tonight, He might have stolen game 1.

      • johnstone17 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        When if & buts are candy & nuts, everyday will be Christmas.

  8. timmons94 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Some things never change. 1975

  9. gregman98 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    GOOD FRIGGIN RIDDANCE FAILERS !!!!

  10. stakex - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    The Rangers won this game because they were simply a better team, that are actually built for playoff hockey. If their power play had any pop, and Nash could score a goal or two, the series would have been over a while ago. Hats off to Mason though…. he really was the only reason this wasn’t an embarrassing loss for the Flyers.

    • joey4id - May 1, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      Too many ‘ifs’, stakex. If MacDonald doesn’t make a terrible pass the Rangers don’t score the first goal. If Gustafsson doesn’t turnover the puck the Rangers don’t score the second goal. If Grossman is not injured Gustafsson doesn’t dress. If Giroux doesn’t miss an open net the outcome could have been different.

      Rangers had more giveaways.

      No doubts that NY has the better coach, and the better team, but last night could have gone either way.

      • johnstone17 - May 1, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Joey, read above about if & buts.

  11. bobhpine - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    1975

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      40

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 1, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      look its bankruptcy bob

  12. bobhpine - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    1975.

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      13×3+1 , yup … Still 40

  13. jpat2424 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Live by the Car Bomb. Die by the Car Bomb. Go Hawks!!!

  14. phillysports1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Great competitive series. Rangers were a better team, we’ll be back next year. #salute

    • 7mantel - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Good Series !

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        congrats 7mantel this years rangers are a likable team

  15. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    1975!!!!!! The Streak Continues!!!!

  16. imgoingtowichita - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Paging Leaf fans!!

    If only you had that goalie to stop the onslaught in your last game seven, you would have advanced. That sucked that Philly didn’t tie to enjoy a game 7 OT.

    Are you kidding? Skirts, divers *2 may rep the east in the scf ….. Go Boston.

  17. canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    I don’t think enough people have done this already so…

    1975

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      VANCOUVER CANUCKS STANLEY CUPS 0

      • canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        My comment was meant to deride the incessant use of “1975” in the comment sections in a manner that was sarcastic. Not to actually cause any derision towards the Flyers Stanley Cup drought.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        ZERO STANLEY CUPS WAS JUST TO REMIND YOU YOU HAVE 0 STANLEY CUPS

      • canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        You don’t say?

    • maalea - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Hey a$$hole, How about never winning a Cup 1970!!! People in glass houses

    • maalea - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Sorry then.

      • canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Meh. I’m used to people ragging on Canucks fans.

        In all honesty most of my fellow Canucks fans deserve it.

        Take this guy for example:

  18. President Charles Logan - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    who else besides the flyers & maple leafs have the longest drought since their last cup ?

    • canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Next closest team is the NY Islanders (among teams that have previously won Stanley Cups). They are coming up on 30 years.

      The Flyers drought is interesting because they have lost several consecutive Stanley Cup Finals (I believe six in a row).

      The Leafs drought, however, is nothing short of epic. Close to 50 years without even appearing in a Stanley Cup Finals.

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        those icelander fans will be living off them 4 glory years in a row forever .. they are a decade away from being a serious contender

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      your mom

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        lol original comeback elmer

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        no really,, your mom

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        momma passed away many years ago … move on now to something more updated and something more effective lol

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        thats why she has no cups

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:30 PM

        ** face palm ** smh…lol

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        was it 1975 because thats pretty updated

      • canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      • canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

  19. imgoingtowichita - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Crack Head Theo!!! Oops, that might a been offside.

  20. billiam55 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    WOOOOO. LGR

  21. har21441 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    the philly fans are going to be pretty upset once they sober up

  22. mordock57 - May 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    It is thoroughly amusing to me how all the regular Philly loudmouths who comment on every Pens post endlessly about how terrified the Pens are of the Flyers… have their heads in the sand tonight. Not one post. Not one quip. Sure can dish it out… bunch of wusses.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 1, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      The Pens are terrified of the Flyers…well at least Beach ball Fleury is.

      • President Charles Logan - May 1, 2014 at 1:15 AM

        LOL

      • pittsburghmohawk - May 1, 2014 at 3:32 AM

        Well, they don’t have to worry about the Flyers. The PENS did what they had to do to make the match up happen, the Flyers didn’t.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 1, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        Lucky for y’all I suppose.

      • 7mantel - May 1, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        *pittsburghmohawk ; I thought the same thing as you stated as Fleury let the puck in on that soft goal to give the Flyers the win and guarantee that the Pens would not play them in the first round !

  23. podevil - May 1, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    Clod “the Fraud” Giroux showed his real worth… Nada! He isn’t even the best player on his own team, let alone elite! Rangers took over from the start… Mason was good, but not great…Philly needs to do a little rebuilding.

  24. kastout11 - May 1, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Disappointing outcome primarily because the Flyers were one bad period away from advancing to a very winable series against the Pens. In the past I would have been enraged by losing to the Rangers in a 7 game playoff series, but not so much this year. Yes, I think Philly would have easily handled the overrated Penguins, but honestly, the Flyers were outplayed by the Rangers. The Rangers were just a bad matchup for the Flyers. Mason was great and if he had not been hurt for the 1st three games, maybe it would have made a difference, even though the Rangers proved they were the better team. The Flyers could not put together a 60 minute game the entire series and B. Schenn, Hartnell and Coburn were terrible. I could second guess all day long, but that would not get me or anyone else anywhere. Congrats to the Rangers and starting today, until they defeat the Penguins in 6 games, I am the biggest Rangers fan from Philly.

  25. joey4id - May 1, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Good season comes to an end. Flyers played a terrible game last night. 2 NY goals resulting from giveaways. 1) MacDonald 2) Gustafsson + Ugly giveaways from Coburn, Schenn, and missed opportunity from the guy who is paid to get the goals when the game is on the line. Big choke from Giroux missing the open net.

    There are a lot of positives to take away. Notably Mason and the addition of MacDonald. Flyers need to add Akeson from the outset of the season, consider buying out Vinny, or trading him to Mtl for a bucket of pucks. Need to add another fast & good puck controlling d man a la MacDonald. The current roster is not good enough to take them to the SCF.

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