The Philadelphia Flyers skated into Madison Square Garden this Easter Sunday down 0-1 in their opening playoff series against the Rangers. However, they knew that a two-game split would be a perfectly acceptable result with which to head home.
Now all they had to do was win the game.
And win they did. With the Flyers coming up ice on a delayed penalty, defenseman Luke Schenn, who was trailing the play, netted the game winning goal off of a rebound 11:18 into the second period.
Philadelphia overcame an early 2-0 first period road deficit while being backed up by a very solid effort from goaltender Ray Emery. The Flyers eventually made their way back into the contest before ultimately taking the lead for good.
A late bid by the Rangers to try and tie the game was quickly erased, when confusion in getting goalie Henrik Lundqvist off the ice led them to take a Too Many Men on the Ice penalty.
On the ensuing power play, Philadelphia forward Wayne Simmonds flicked the puck into an empty Rangers net from behind their blueline to end New York’s hopes and wrap up a Flyer victory.
The result of Schenn’s tally was that the Flyers have turned this into a Best of 5 games series while also taking back the home ice advantage for themselves.
This series will resume Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.