Image c/o GeekTryrant. The Pittsburgh Penguins were up 3-0 a little more than halfway through the first period in game four and were about to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets when, well, I guess they realized it was April. The Penguins allowed Boone Jenner to score a power play goal before the first was over. Ryan Johansen scored another power play goal in the second period before Brandon Dubinsky tied the game with under half a minute remaining in the game, sending it to overtime. That's when things got fun. As fans of the Philadelphia Flyers, everyone knows how bad Marc-Andre Fleury can be and has been over the past few years. No lead is safe with him in net and the Blue Jackets proved that the Flyers aren't the only team in the NHL who have the capability of making Fleury look like Michael Leighton in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals:
Much like Game 1, one team looked very ready for Game 3. Another did not. It was not the home team.
The Flyers effort on Tuesday night in Game 3 was simply not good enough. That is obvious by the 4-1 score that mirrored Game 1.
But what was more alarming was the Flyers overall lack of response to a home crowd and lack of energy after a Game 2 win. They should have had all the momentum. The New York Rangers proved that this will not only be a difficult series, but an elevated effort is the only way they will prevent an early exit.
The Flyers fell to New York 4-1 on Tuesday night, giving the Rangers a 2-1 series lead in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Derek Stepan, Marty St. Louis, Dan Girardi, and Dan Carcillo scored for the Rags, while Mark Streit had the lone Flyers goal. Ray Emery did not have a good night between the pipes, as he gave up four goals on 20 shots faced. Steve Mason came in with a little over seven minutes to go in the third period and stopped three of three. Over on the Rangers’ side, Henrik Lundqvist was in his usual form, only allowing one goal on 32 shots.