This evening’s game was everything we thought it was going
to be and then some. The game would have been a very different story without
the outstanding play from Lundqvist, Staal, and Rozsival on the back end. These
guys withstood the Flyers shooting barrage but unfortunately it was not enough.
They needed to test Boucher, as he has not played in a game with this level of
importance since 2002, but they could not.
They main source of offense came from the Blueshirts fourth
line of Shelley, Prust, and Anisimov. They each played some exceptional hockey
and were rewarded with a huge goal in the first period. They battled every
shift and deserve a lot of credit for this team making a run down the stretch.
The Rangers were often guilty of being a soft team to play against and these
guys helped erase that stigma.
Yet this would all be for naught without the man between the
pipes, who even received some applause from the opposing fans today. We get the
pleasure of seeing him on a regular basis, but take a step back and realize you
are watching a future Rangers legend.
However, the story ends the same way…this season is over.
We will have more reaction, analysis, and post game
interviews later this evening.