Breaking Down What New York Rangers Did Right in Game 5
The New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon with a clutch 4-2 win that saw the team receive contributions from multiple players. The Rangers are now in a position to finish the series on Tuesday, and they earned that right by getting the job done in Game 5.
Game 6 is quickly approaching, but here are the things the Blueshirts did right in Game 5.
Depth Was Key
Depth was huge for the Blueshirts in Game 5, and it was the main reason the Rangers won. Game 5 saw four different Rangers record a goal, and eight different players recorded a point. Dominic Moore had an amazing Game 5, and he tallied a goal and an assist in the victory.
His effort on the forecheck was key, and he was one of the Rangers' top overall forwards. Brian Boyle put the game out of reach with an empty-net goal, and he was another forward who stepped up in this game.
It was nice to see Brad Richards and Marc Staal score as well, but Game 5 was a celebration of the unsung heroes, and the guys who don't always get the recognition they deserve. The addition of J.T. Miller instead of Dan Carcillo was another underrated move that panned out, and that really speaks to the overall depth of the 2013-14 Rangers.
Henrik Lundqvist Kept the Blueshirts in the Game with Some Key Saves
Henrik Lundqvist needed to be just a bit better than he was in Game 4, and in Game 5, he was one of the Blueshirts' top players. He made 24 saves in the win, and he helped the Blueshirts get out to a 3-0 lead in the second period with some timely saves.
Lundqvist is going to need to continue this play in Game 6, because if the Rangers are unsuccessful, they will have to face the Flyers less than 24 hours later in an elimination Game 7. Lundqvist hasn't stolen any games this series, but his effort in the past two games shows that he has gotten stronger as the season has progressed.
Rangers Did a Good Job Controlling the Game
In Game 5, the Rangers did a good job controlling the tempo. At no point did the Rangers look panicked, worried or unsure of themselves. It was a stark difference from how they played in Game 4, and that was a big difference-maker for the Rangers.
The Blueshirts recorded 11 takeaways in Game 5, and the forecheck forced the Flyers to continually dump and chase. The Flyers never got a chance to really set up their offense, and they didn't score a goal at even strength.
The Flyers' first goal was on the power play, and the second goal was scored while Steve Mason was pulled. Heading into Game 6, the Rangers are coming off of a game in which they dominated the Flyers at even strength, and that will help if the Blueshirts stay out of the box on Tuesday.