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Questions after Rangers let two-goal lead slip away

Derek Stepan of the Rangers scores a third-period

Derek Stepan of the Rangers scores a third-period power play goal against Ray Emery of the Philadelphia Flyers during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Remember the Five Keys we wrote about in Newsday before the series? All were factors this afternoon. #patsselfonback

1. Injuries: Emery bounced back, but Rangers did not have enough push in the third.

2. Netfront presence: Flyers had it on their goals.

3. Special teams: Rangers one-for-six on the PP, including that 4-on-3 for 1:40 something in the second.

4. Star power: Rick Nash: 1 goal in 14 playoff games as a Ranger.

5. Importance of road wins: Flyers broke the spell, off the schneid. Rangers need one at Wells Fargo now.

For Game 3, I've got a feeling, knowing AV's track record, that he tinkers after a loss. Maybe Dan Carcillo goes in Tuesday for Jesper Fast. Does that mean Boyle goes to Richards' line?

On D, I know some fans wouldn't mind seeing Diaz, but....

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