It all came down to one more game, one more over time and one more shoot out to end the regular seasons of the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers. Unfortunately it was the end of the season for one and moving onto the second season for the other.
With the Flyers controlling most of the play in the shots on goals department and puck possession time the Rangers goalie Hendrik Lundqvist would give his team a chance as he did all season long being voted the team MVP. Regulation and over time would end 1-1 but it was the Flyers who would take a 2-1 advantage in the shoot out and move onto the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Tied at 86 with the Rangers playing playoff hockey for about two weeks keeping their season alive with a 7-1-1 record the Flyers were doing the opposite going 3-7-1, on a downward spiral about to make an exit.
But the Flyers came out with a head full of steam in their would be final game of the season with a loss, out shooting the Rangers 18-4 after one period of play. Only problem was they ran into the King AKA Hendrik Lundqvist 18-18 on shots against after one period of play and holding a 1-0 lead that the Rangers Jody Shelley redirected in off a Michale Rozsival's slot.
A scoreless second period and the Rangers took their one goal lead into the final session. But shot after shot would hit The King and on shot 36 against with 13:06 remaining the game would be tied just like that.
The Flyers kept the pressure on the Rangers from their on in with a flurry of more shots on the King with one bouncing off of him then redirecting off the cross bar. Rangers would settle in from their and it was Brian Brocher who would have to make a huge save and both goalies would end regulation tied at one with their play.
The Rangers controlled puck possession in over time and had the shots on goal advantage even though the Flyers out shot them 47-25 over all in the game. Over time would come to an end and a shoot out would decide who would get into the playoffs.
Yes, I can hear people screaming. How can a shoot out end a game like this? But, it was the only way to end this game as if we were playing under the old rules the game would of ended in a tie and the Rangers would of lost out on a tie breaker to the Flyers.
But Rangers fans were happy going into a shoot out against the Flyers, NO? With Hendrink The King Lundqvist at the helm we were in the drivers seat. The problem here was Lundqvist already faced 47 shots, add some blocked shots in the mix and where asking a little to much from the man.
The Shoot Out would go 2-1 Flyers as the Flyer Celebration begin so did the New York Rangers summer.
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