With Philadelphia on the edge, and the Rangers in town, Tuesday night was sure to be a spectacle.
It ended in slaughter.
The Philadelphia Flyers fell to the New York Rangers 5-2 Tuesday. With the April third trade deadline looming, the Flyers look sellers. Come Thursday, key Flyers could move cities for a playoff run.
The first period started with a Ranger swarm in the Philly zone. New York eventually struck, finding Rick Nash in the slot. The possession ended with Nash flicking a wrist shot past Ilya Bryzgalov, and a one goal lead. Philadelphia looked a mess on defense, and they would later pay for it.
The Rangers opened up the Flyer’ defense to the tune of two goals. Brad Richards converted a power play, upping the lead to two. Derrick Stephan padded the lead, with a goal to go with his three assists. Wayne Simmonds scored late in the period, giving the Flyers a glimmer of hope.
In the third, Jak Voracek closed the gap to one, with his 14th goal of the season. It would not last, however, as Nash and Chris Kreider scored shortly after. The Flyers hopes were dashed, for the game and for this season.
The Flyers fell to 13-17-2, and will play again Thursday. By then, there may be a new look to this team. Philly hosts the New York Islanders Thursday, 7:30 PM at the Wells Fargo Center.