Rangers coach Alain Vigneault thought his team's best period in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Flyers was the second. Oddly enough, that was the period in which the Flyers overcame a 2-1 deficit and forged a 3-2 lead, and the one in which the Rangers were called for two questionable diving penalties.
The first one was assessed against Mats Zuccarello after he was blasted backward at the post at 8:40 by Andrew MacDonald, who was sent off for interference. Derek Dorsett also was given a diving minor after he was belted from behind against the boards by Wayne Simmonds at 11:41. Simmonds got a cross-checking minor.
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When asked if he agreed with the calls, Vigneault gave reporters a terse reply. "Does it matter?" he said. When it was noted that two embellishment calls in one game is rare, Vigneault said: "You'll have to ask the referees."
Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh each was minus-2. "I wish we would've played a little better defensively, as we did in Game 1. It's disappointing," McDonagh said. "You go up 2-0 . . . [but] we kind of calmed and regrouped, so to speak. We're back to square one in the series. We wanted to get a hold and unfortunately we didn't. We believe in ourselves and our system and I know we can do it."
The Rangers have lost seven straight Game 2s. Their last Game 2 win was in 2009 against Washington, and they lost that series . . . The Flyers blocked 22 shots; the Rangers blocked 13 . . . Jesper Fast played only three shifts in the third period and Dorsett four as Vigneault shortened the bench in an attempt to tie the score. They were the only two Rangers without a shot on goal . . . Rick Nash had six shots for a total of 13 in the first two games. Nash recorded an assist, as did Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard and Zuccarello.