Feel free to disagree with the in-game sentiments by many of the broadcasters and mainstream media. The New York Rangers did not play well this afternoon in a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Outplayed from nearly the first whistle, the Rangers fell behind 2-0 in the first period despite two early power play opportunites. They briefly rallied in the second, typing the game from two goals down, before succumbing to a missed coverage and communication on the penalty kill that ultimately led to the winning goal by Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds.
Despite Flyers' goalie Steve Mason solid play in the 4-2 victory, the Rangers nary created enough sustained pressure to warrant this as a steal by the netminder. Truth be told, there were quite a few opportunities for scoring that the Rangers just didn't capitalize on or have the right player in the right position to convert.
The true cause of today's Flyers victory was the Rangers themselves. They didn't match the Flyers intensity let alone physical play. Even with gritty forwards Daniel Carcillo and Derek Dorsett, returning to the lineup after significant injury, on the ice, the Rangers didn't muster anywhere near the intensity of their opponents.
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