In the finale of a season that went horribly wrong, it’s poetic justice the Rangers were blown off the ice against the Flyers.
In the Blueshirts’ 5-0 loss to the Flyers Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, everything that could go wrong, went wrong.
The Rangers were incapable of generating any offense. They were held without a shot on goal for long stretches of play; including a nearly nine minute span in the second period.
Speaking of the second period, the visitors totaled one shot on goal in the first 13 minutes of the period. They ended the middle period with a measly five.
The Flyers opened the scoring 6:34 into the game. With their net empty, courtesy of a delayed penalty against the Rangers, Sean Couturier threw the puck off teammate Ivan Provorov and it bounded into New York’s net.
The score remained 1-0 Flyers at the midway point of the second period. But that soon changed.
With 12:24 gone in the middle period, Claude Giroux shot the puck through a Nolan Patrick screen from the far side; beating Lundqvist for a power-play goal.
The flood gates opened five minutes later.
In a span of six seconds, Michael Raffl and Giroux doubled Philadelphia’s lead to 4-0.
At that point, the third period was just a formality. And the end result was clear. The Flyers were going to the playoffs.
But for the sake of bookkeeping, Giroux completed his hat-trick with a goal at the 10:11 mark of the third period; giving Philadelphia their 5–0 margin of victory.
That was all for the scoring as the Rangers ended their season in the meekest possible fashion.
BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS
MURPHY’S LAW: The Blueshirts could do nothing right against the Flyers. And everything that could go wrong did. It’s safe to say, Henrik Lundqvist’s goal of avenging 2010, went unfulfilled.
Breakup day is reportedly Tuesday morning, at the Rangers’ practice facility.
There are ugly losses. And then there are ugly losses. Either way you paint it, this was a disgraceful way for the Blueshirts to end their season.
See you next year.