This was a night to forget, gloss over, not the kind of game to which you want to bring a non-hockey fan. No flow. Like so many gamew with hype, this one failed to rise to the occasion.
It was choppy, and neither side managed consistent offense. But the Flyers are deeper than the Rangers right now, and are confident at home.
The breakdown by Henrik Lundqvist at 2-1 on Zherdev's roller than handcuffed him was too much for the Rangers to overcome. Michael Sauer looked like a rookie. Others looked out-of-synch. The power play was blah in the three ops after Dubinsky's goal. Ryan Callahan had no shots, Alex Frolov 1, Erik Christensen 1. Derek Stepan didn't really get ice time until the third. And Torts thought the game swung on Del Zotto's giveaway/lapse that served up the puck to Betts. "They're too good a team to just give them a goal."
Maybe it was the game-day skate, which coach John Tortorella has allowed back into the schedule. The Flyers were quicker in the first, except for the first two minutes, and stifled any semblance of offense. The best Ranger in a non-descript bunch may ahve been Artem Anisimov, with three shots, and three of three faceoff wins. But that's not saying much.
The Flyers were 2 for 5 on the PP, and scored twice at even strength. The revised numbers showed each team had 21 shots.
Martin Brodeur and the Devils are up next. If the Rangers don't create more scoring chances, this road trip could be a goose egg. But they might be frustrated and angry enough to make a stand tonight at The Rock . NYR are 4-2 on the road.