Rangers Fall Flat, Shutout By Flyers 4-0


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One of these days, the streak was going to end and the Rangers were undoubtedly going to lose, but no fan enjoys a loss where it seems like the team was not all together. That is what happened at the Wells Fargo Center this afternoon.

The Rangers, fresh off winning an exciting game at MSG against the Islanders, loafed into Philadelphia and dropped a goose egg, getting shut out by the Flyers, 4-0. The only bright spot for New York was goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 42 shots to keep the blueshirts within reach. Unfortunately, defensive lapses, turnovers and missed chances bit the Rangers in the back, as Philly capitalized on these mistakes. Here’s our recap:

Thanksgiving Hangover? Lethargy In Motion: The Rangers were not themselves this afternoon, as they were slow to pucks, out of position and failed to win the battles in the corners against a gritty (no pun intended) Flyers team. For the majority of the game, the Rangers weren’t moving and taking it to the net and resting on the perimeter in the Flyers zone. Philadelphia registered 46 shots on goal, compared to the Rangers 31.

Whether this is a product of the holiday or not, the team was flat out dominated in almost every facet. The little offense generated by the team was quickly snuffed. Lias Andersson was stoned on a breakaway by Flyers goalie Calvin Pickard with 5:56 remaining. Tony DeAngelo, rifled a shot of the post not too long after that. Just as that last play unfolded, New York pinched causing Philly to come down the the ice on a 3-on-2 rush which resulted in a goal by Sean Couturier to make it 2-0. Jordan Weal got an empty netter and Sean Couturier added insult to injury scoring another one, standing on top of and behind the Rangers defense, before the game ended. David Quinn was not pleased about his team’s effort, but remained calm in some of his post game words.

Henrik Lundqvist, Goaltender Extraordinaire: As mentioned above, Henrik Lundqvist was the only thing going for New York this afternoon. Standing on his head, King Henrik made 42 saves against the Flyers, keeping the Rangers in the game for most of the match. Sadly, he did not get the win but the string of fantastic performances by Henrik Lundqvist, win or loss, is always something to marvel at.

New York is right back in it as they take on the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon at 2PM. LETS GO RANGERS

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