It’s Wayne’s World. It’s party time, it’s excellent.
Sooner or later you’ll come to a game like this in every playoff series: win it, or go home. This time the Philadelphia Flyers were already home, but desperately wanted to play another road game.
Thanks to Philly’s right-wing Wayne Simmonds, they sure will.
Simmonds took it upon himself to stake his Flyers to a 2-0 lead. His first goal opened the scoring on the power play 7:08 in, before he again lit the lamp early in the 2nd to double Philadelphia’s lead.
Erik Gustafsson added to Philly’s scoreboard total on a breakaway goal before Simmonds tallied once more to complete the hat trick, and send the chapeaus phlying onto the ice at Wells Fargo Center. The rout was on.
Flyers goalie Steve Mason did his part in a game that his counterpart Henrik Lundqvist, who was pulled after the second intermission, wasn’t on the ice to see the end for.
Throughout the night the left-handed Mason came up with a few spectacular right side saves either in his glove, or by using it.
The Rangers’ Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello were the only two Blueshirts able to solve Mason when they scored goals around Flyer Claude Giroux’s empty netter late in the 3rd period, finalizing the score at 5-2.
There will be little time for either team to rest as they both head back to New York for a Game 7 that will take place tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden.
Philadelphia now has momentum on its side while the Rangers, well, have a long history of watching their season end before the Stanley Cup playoffs do.
Can New York regroup and move on, or will Philadelphia advance to a 2nd Round series with intrastate rival Pittsburgh? We’ll know that answer in approximately 24 hours.