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The Rangers have kept the Flyers away from the slot and from rebounds.
The Flyers had 26 shots on goal in Game 5, and not one of them came on rebounds.
Look at the photo on this page. There are more Rangers than Flyers around the New York net and the Rangers players, both forwards and defensemen, are boxing out the Philadelphia attackers.
"We're not shooting the puck for a rebound, that's the key," head coach Craig Berube told Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News. "You've got to understand, a goalie of his caliber, if you don't have a clear shot, you've got to put it on net for a rebound. It's a key play."
Berube is right. The Rangers have a world-class goaltender in Henrik Lundqvist. To score enough goals against Lundqvist, the Flyers need to get rebounds, re-directions, tip-ins and deflections.
In five games, the Flyers' forwards have only scored seven goals. That's not enough production.
Philadelphia also has to get more shots on goal. The Flyers has registered fewer than 30 shots in four of the first five games of this series.
Over the first five games, the Rangers have 152 shots on goal, the Flyers just 123. That's an average of almost six shots more per game for New York. When you consider the Rangers have the better goalie, that is a double handicap for the Flyers. Taking fewer shots against a better goalie and giving that netminder a clear view of those shots is not a recipe for success in the playoffs.
The Flyers need to get more scoring chances from the slot and more bodies in and around Lundqvist. Otherwise, the Orange and Black will have a tough time scoring enough goals to win the series.