It’s always interesting to see what happens when you have such a heated rivalry between the New York Rangers & the Philadelphia Flyers as both sides have tons of hate for each other and it always spills out on the ice. Especially during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend when you have a national televised game down at the Wells Fargo Center & then a return trip to MSG the next day.
But the truth is that this was all Rangers in both games and the Flyers never showed that they were able to match the speed & the fire power that the Rangers were displaying out there.
In fact the only thing that was saving the Flyers was their goaltending as Steve Mason prevented a possible blow out on Friday afternoon & Ray Emery tried his best to do the same at the Garden.
Power Play Goals were being served with extra gravy when the Rangers were converting chances in both games and in Philly a record milestone was converted as Martin St. Louis scored on a rebound chance in the 2nd period on Friday for his 1,000 career point in the National Hockey League. Undrafted from the University of Vermont and became the 5th player to do it in the NHL.
Of course Rick Nash converts a Short Handed Goal in the 3rd period down in Philly to continue his hot start to this season. Cam Talbot played in the first game over a week ago and shutout the Flyers 2-0, and did it again this past Friday 3-0. Over 2 hours of shutout hockey that Cam Talbot provided for the Rangers.
Even thought the Rangers took care of business on Friday & on Saturday with two big goals from Derick Brassard with Jesper Fast 1st NHL goal, a 5-2 win for the blue shirts climbed up the division to third place. But in these three games between these two sides, I have to say that the Flyers don’t look like themselves. There is no heart, no energy & honestly looking broad street bully-less. Since the deal sending Scott Hartnell to Columbus for R.J. Umberger, the Flyers look like hapless.
There is no heart on that team and to be honest this is not the fault of head coach Craig Berube, the players are just not themselves as it looks like General Manager Ron Hextall has neutered his own team by taking away their high energy agitator in Scott Hartnell and turned them into a rotted orange.
But for the Rangers they pick up four important points and take three straight games from the Flyers and once again they can’t get a win at Madison Square Garden.
Author: Daniel Feuerstein