Flyers-Rangers: Recapping their season series

Flyers-Rangers: Recapping their season series
April 14, 2014, 2:30 pm
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EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

Game 1 at Rangers: Thursday, 7 p.m.
Game 2 at Rangers: Sunday, 12 p.m.
Game 3 at Flyers: Tuesday, April 22, 8 p.m.
Game 4 at Flyers: Friday, April 25, 7 p.m.
*Game 5 at Rangers: Sunday, April 27, 12 p.m.
*Game 6 at Flyers: Tuesday April 29, TBD
*Game 7 at Rangers: Wednesday, April 30, TBD
*If necessary

Want to know what to expect from the Flyers' Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the Rangers? Let's take a tour through their regular-season series to get an idea.

The Flyers and Rangers faced each other four times in 2013-14, with the Flyers and Rangers tying 2-2.

Here’s a reminder of how they played out.

Oct. 24: Flyers 2, Rangers 1
No one saw this one coming. The Flyers weren’t playing well -- at all. They had lost four in a row and had won just one game on the season, a couple weeks earlier against the lowly Florida Panthers. And yet, the Flyers were able to hold the Rangers to a single goal, while netting two of their own thanks to Matt Read and Braydon Coburn in front of the home crowd. It was a close one, though, and though the Flyers eked out a win they by no means controlled the game’s pace. The final two minutes of regulation were likely two of the most pressure-intense minutes they’ve faced this season.

Jan 12: Rangers 4, Flyers 1
The curse of Madison Square Garden continued in this game, in which Mark Streit scored the Flyers’ lone goal. The Rangers owned the Flyers from the opening faceoff, as they seem to do these days in New York. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist played a solid game, too, stopping 38 Flyers shots. To add insult to injury, it was ex-Flyer Daniel Carcillo who scored the Rangers’ first goal of the night. That marker seemed to give the Rangers all the momentum they needed.

March 1: Flyers 4, Rangers 2
This game marked a much-needed victory for the Flyers, who had just fallen 7-2 to the San Jose Sharks two days earlier. It was also a victory in a bigger sense, as the two points they earned at the Wells Fargo Center that afternoon pulled them to within one point of second place in the Metropolitan Division. Vinny Lecavalier, Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds and Luke Schenn scored for the Flyers, and Steve Mason earned honors as second star of the game. Coach Craig Berube called it a “character” win.

March 26: Rangers 3, Flyers 1
Once again, the Flyers were heavily outplayed at Madison Square Garden. Though they were clearly fatigued heading into this one, they allowed themselves to be outworked by the Rangers from the very first faceoff. Jakub Voracek scored the Flyers’ only goal, which didn’t come until late in the third period. The Flyers simply couldn’t match the Rangers’ intensity anywhere on the ice. With their loss, the Flyers put another season in the books without a win at MSG. They haven’t won there since Feb. 20, 2011.

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