Breaking Down What New York Rangers Did Wrong in Game 2 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
The New York Rangers got off to a hot start in Game 2 by scoring two goals on their first four shots, but it was all downhill from there. The Philadelphia Flyers scored four unanswered goals and tied the series up at one game apiece.
The series shifts to Philadelphia on Tuesday for Game 3, and if the Rangers want to get back on track they will need to learn from their mistakes made in Game 2.
Failed to Execute on the Power Play
The Rangers had six power-play opportunities, and they only capitalized once. Based on the amount of room the Blueshirts had at times, they should have scored two or three power-play goals. After a successful first power play, the Rangers looked stagnant whenever they went on the man-advantage.
Too often the puck was stationary on the stick of the point man, allowing the Flyers to anticipate where the Rangers were going to shoot. This led to blocked shots and failed power-play opportunities for the Rangers.
The Rangers need to keep the puck and their feet moving to be successful, but they didn't do that in Game 2.
Defensive Breakdown Allowed Flyers to Capitalize on Rebounds
The Rangers played a solid defensive game in Game 1, but they allowed rebounds galore in Game 2. The Flyers capitalized on the power play to tie the game, and a porous rebound and a defensive breakdown allowed Jason Akeson to redeem himself.
Luke Schenn scored the game-winning goal in the second period, and another rebound and defensive lapse allowed him to put home a shot uncontested. The Rangers' second period was very poor, costing them a chance to take a 2-0 lead to Philadelphia.
The Rangers need to do a better job cleaning out the garbage in the front of the net, because the Flyers were aggressive and took advantage when they were given golden opportunities.
Rangers Came out Flat in Third Period
The Rangers needed a strong effort in the third after a lackluster second period, but the Blueshirts came out flat to start the final 20 minutes. Throughout the period the Flyers were effective at shutting down the Rangers' zone entries, and the team's offense looked disjointed throughout.
The Rangers only put eight shots on goal in the third and failed to capitalize during the most important moments of the game. A costly too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty also deflated the Rangers late, making it a period they will want to forget.
If the Rangers had played with more life in the third period of Game 2, they may have forced overtime, but it wasn't meant to be. Heading into Game 3 the Rangers need to cognizant of how they ended Game 2, and they need to avoid a slow start at all costs.