Henrik Lundqvist, Mats Zuccarello play explain game
PHILADELPHIA - Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello took the blame for the Flyers' goals in Friday night's 2-1 loss by the Rangers.
On the carom off the end boards that Matt Read deposited, Lundqvist (23 saves) said: "I didn't expect it to come out that fast and on his stick. He came fast, so it was hard for me to get across. Your reaction is to kind of turn to your right first and then you realize it's coming out on your left side. It was close; I got it but it was not enough."
On Jakub Voracek's deflection, Zuccarello said: "I made a bad read on our PK and they get a goal. That's how playoffs are won. I didn't think we played a bad game, but you've got to score goals to win hockey games and we didn't do that."
Short on defense
The Flyers were forced to play with five defensemen after Nicklas Grossman hobbled off after a slash on the knee from Derick Brassard on his third shift of the second period. Grossman played just 8:07 total, and coach Craig Berube had no update on his condition after the game.
Braydon Coburn, who filled in and played 25:27, "had a great game. He was strong on the puck and did a great job down low against [Rick] Nash," Berube said.
Nash said: "I thought he'd been playing like that all series. All their D-men have been finishing their checks, playing physical. We've got to hold on to pucks and bump off them."
Ryan McDonagh, who appeared to reinjure his left shoulder when his hand was jammed into the glass on a check, said after the game that he wasn't hurt . . . Dan Girardi led the Rangers with seven hits and five blocked shots. . . . Each team was credited with 33 hits . . . Brian Boyle, Derek Dorsett and Marc Staal had no shots on goal.