The Philadelphia Flyers if they could right now they would probably just want to mail the score in against the New York Rangers and go on to the next opponent. It just seems that way with the current streak the New York Rangers have on the Flyers. In front of a sellout crowd of over 19,000 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia the Flyers were again defeated by the Rangers. The Rangers scored on three power-play goals and just kept the Flyers under control. In what was a very important game in the Atlantic Division the Rangers won the game, 5-2 and also increased their lead in the division over the Flyers to six points.
The Rangers continued their dominance over the Flyers this season and won for the fifth consecutive time this season. The Flyers are actually 0-6-1 in the last seven meetings against the New York Rangers. This current streak which the Rangers are on against the Flyers is the longest streak by any of the two rivals against one another since it was a ten game streak by the New York Rangers from 1971 to 1973.
The Rangers extended their division lead on the Flyers to six points. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots taken by the Flyers. Ryan Callahan scored his second career hat trick and they both are against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Rangers came into Saturday's game against the Flyers with the 27th ranked power-play in the NHL. Well of course their power-play woke up against the Flyers. The Rangers scored on three power-plays and the Flyers could not overcome that against their arch rivals. With this lose by the Flyers they fell to six points behind the Rangers in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference. The Rangers overall record went to 35-13-5 and the Flyers record fell to 31-17-7.
The Flyers wasted what was a pretty good effort by their goaltender Bobrovsky. All things considering he did not play bad for the team. There were really no bad goals scored by the Rangers in the game. This season the goaltending situation has been a major problem for this hockey team and it is a problem in which they need to solve and also need to get consistent play from.
The Rangers coming into the third period were leading the game, 3-2 and had been doing the things they normally do against the Flyers during this current streak they have. The Rangers Artem Anisimov scored a huge goal with 13 minutes, 32 seconds left in the third period. Ryan Callahan finished off his hat trick with 9:35 left in the game.
The Flyers' Claude Giroux in the second period beat the Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and tied the game at 2-2. This would be the closest the Flyers would get all game to the New York Rangers. These games against the Rangers have been close and really could have gone either way but the Rangers just seem to find a way to win these games and also the Flyers seem to find ways to lose these games.
The Flyers on Sunday night travel to Detroit to take on a very tough Red Wings team. It will not be an easy game against a Red Wings team right now that is the best team in the NHL. The Red Wings are also playing very well at home and are on a currently consecutive streak of wins at home. The Flyers are going to have to quickly forget about this lose against the Rangers and be ready for the Red Wings.