On this episode of the Flyers Faithful Podcast on Flyerdelphia.com, Steve Jacot and Hal Greenblatt discuss the Flyers' first two playoff games against the New York Rangers, Jason Akeson, Ray Emery filling in for Steve Mason, and look at the other playoff matchups around the NHL.
The Flyers were in Buffalo for Game Six in the 2000-2001 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals facing Dominick Hasek and the Sabres. Down three games to two, the Flyers had to beat Buffalo to force a Game 7 back in Philadelphia. Coach Bill Barber would need to have his squad get on the board early and put pressure on the Sabres to try and tie the series up.
Philadelphia Flyers @ New York Rangers, Game 2 (New York leads 1-0), 12:00pm, NBC
The Philadelphia Flyers find themselves down 1-0 in the opening round of the playoffs after a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. Although they were tied 1-1 in the third period, an unforunate double minor and a complete collapse led to a loss in the opening tilt of the series. Four unanswered goals and only one shot in the last period leave the Flyers looking for a second chance to grab a win at MSG before heading back to the Wells Fargo Center.
Claude Giroux and the Flyers open the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal playoff series with the New York Rangers on Thursday night.(Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography)
After three days of anticipation, the run to the Stanley Cup begins tonight. The Flyers first playoff game in two years comes on the road in Madison Square Garden.
The New York Rangers are the opponent, and while Game 1 is not a must-win game in terms of ending a season, the first game is the chance to make a big first impression. The Flyers would like to make a good first impression with their first win at MSG in three years. The opening face-off of the playoff opener is set for 7 p.m.