NEW YORK -- It looked like the planets were all in alignment for the Flyers early against the Rangers.
They scored on their first shot against Henrik Lundqvist and had a lead at Madison Square Garden with Ray Emery playing well.
All signs pointed to the Flyers breaking their MSG curse -- having not won in the building in three seasons -- but the Rangers, who owned large portions of ice all night long scored four unanswered goals en route to a 4-1 rout of the Flyers in Game 1 of the playoffs.
Two third-period power-play goals 47 seconds apart sank the Flyers.
You can't score goals if you don't get shots on net and that was a critical problem for Craig Berube's club.
The Flyers had no forecheck, which meant they had no puck possession and in turn, no shots.
The Flyers' top line finished with two shots on net, both belonging to Scott Hartnell. Neither Claude Giroux or Jakub Voracek recorded a shot.
They were beaten badly to every puck they played deep, too, while the Rangers seemed to have numbers on the Flyers in the corner the entire second period in which the Flyers were badly outplayed.
Emery held the Flyers in the game as long as he could.
Jason Akeson's double-minor for high sticking at 7:35 in the third period resulted in two Rangers goals. The Flyers had three bad penalties in the period that cost them the game.
The Flyers went more than seven minutes into the first period without recording a single shot. It was 4-0 in shots when the Flyers opened the scoring.
Andrew MacDonald's left-point drive that touched nothing but net at 7:28 for a 1-0 lead was the game's first goal and MacDonald's first as a Flyer. Hartnell set it up with a crushing hit on Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, forcing a turnover and Hartnell got it back to MacDonald on the blue line. McDonagh jabbed his stick in Giroux's back just as the puck was going past Lundqvist.
The Rangers tied it at 10:53 when Emery left a high rebound off Mats Zuccarello into the high slot where he snuck past Sean Couturier for a second chance and scored into the far side off a backhander. Play began with Braydon Coburn losing a puck battle behind the goal.
Voracek had a nice wraparound attempt near the end of the first period, then had Dan Girardi pin him to the ice for several seconds without a whistle. The two briefly looked at each other as if they were going to drop the gloves then skated away.
Through the first 27 minutes of the game, the Flyers had just seven shots on goal. They were outplayed badly in the second, as New York had far too many quality chances between the dots.
Emery kept the Flyers in the game with a number of quality saves, several on Brian Boyle and Rick Nash, who had nine of the Rangers' 23 shots through two periods.
The Flyers were 0 for 1 on the power play, while the Rangers were 2 for 6.
The Flyers' PK units had to kill off a four-minute high-sticking call on Akeson. Marty St. Louis' shot rebounded off Kimmo Timonen directly to Richards in the right circle for a goal that broke a 1-1 tie at 8:22. The Rangers got another from Derek Stepan right after to ice it.
Goalie Steve Mason (whiplash/concussion); forwards Jay Rosehill, Tye McGinn, Steve Downie, Chris VandeVelde and defenseman Hal Gill and Erik Gustfasson were all healthy scratches.
Mason wasn't supposed to join the club until Friday, but showed up for the game. … Couturier had one-on-four shorthanded rush in the first period without a shot. … The Rangers outshot the Flyers, 14-6, in the first period. … Through two periods, Vinny Lecavalier and Timonen were also held without a shot.