Flyers Tie Series With Come-Back Win Over Rangers
NEW YORK - Even though he didn't know he'd be starting until the day before the series began, Ray Emery played well enough to steal Game 1 for the Flyers against the New York Rangers. His teammates didn't.
In Game 2 he got more support and was one of the biggest reasons the Flyers won 4-2, tying the series as it heads back to Philadelphia. The victory for the Flyers was the first at Madison Square Garden since Feb. 20, 2011, breaking a nine-game losing streak.
At first, it appeared as though Sunday's matinee might be a rerun of Thursday night in Game 1 and the streak would hit double digits. The Rangers' Game 1 game-plan still worked: get Emery moving side to side.
New York capitalized on Emery's lateral struggles early on. At 4:08 of the first period, Martin St. Louis was the benefactor of a back-door pass on an odd-man ruck. Tic-tac-toe, the Rangers went. Rick Nash to Derek Stepan to St. Louis.
Then, less than five minutes later, the Rangers capitalized on a power play. This time it was Benoit Pouliot who took a back-door pass and put it behind Emery while Sean Couturier in the box for a questionable roughing call.
Nothing positive was happening for the Flyers in the early going, mostly because they had no speed. Even on a power play, they mustered zero shots and were doing a lot of backchecking for having an extra man on the ice.
A couple minutes after the power play had expired, the Flyers finally got on the board thanks to a true power-forward move by Jake Voracek.