2021-22 Playoffs: Rangers defeat Flyers in six in 1st round
Rd 1 – Rangers start slow, finish strong
New York defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 at Wells Fargo Center to win the series 4-2. Brian Goodrow scored midway through the first period to break a 1-1 tie, then the Rangers poured it on, scoring three more goals through the next two periods while their defense stood firm to keep the Flyers from mounting any kind of comeback. (Game recap)
Gm1 – Flyers 4, @Rangers 1
Gm2 – @Rangers 3, Flyers 1
Gm3 – Rangers 3, @Flyers 2 (OTW)
Gm4 – @Flyers 4, Rangers 2
Gm5 – @Rangers 3, Flyers 2 (OTW)
Gm6 – Rangers 5, @Flyers 1
The Rangers were left disappointed after losing the series opener on home ice, but they rebounded to take the next two games. Ultimately, it was their performance on the road that fueled their victory, winning two games at Wells Fargo Center where the Flyers were 26-11-4 in the regular season.
1st Round – Rangers vs Flyers
NYR TEAM LEADERS
RD Adam Fox, 67 points, 59 assists
C/LW Filip Chytil, 39 assists, 15 goals
RW Kaapo Kakko, 24 goals, 55 points
RW Alexander Radulov, 12 power play goals
G Igor Shesterkin, 32-17-7, 4 SO, .904 SV%, 2.60 GAA
D Jacob Trouba, 187 hits
PHI TEAM LEADERS
G Carter Hart, 35-23-6, 2 SO, .915 SV%, 2.56 GAA
C/LW Claude Giroux, 72 points, 32 goals, 40 assists
RW/LW Travis Konecny, 47 assists, 62 points
C Sean Coutier, 31 goals, 68 points, 165 hits
Quick glance at who and who didn’t make the playoffs
Because of the pandemic, the conferences were rearranged to mitigate travel restrictions.
Buffalo, Toronto, Philadelphia, and NY Rangers are the new clubs in the East who did not make the playoffs in the 20-21 season. East clubs missing the playoffs from last season: Montreal, Nashville, NY Islanders, Washington, and Boston.
Of the West teams, Chicago, Anaheim, San Jose, LA Kings, and Calgary are new, while Vegas, St. Louis, and Winnipeg failed to return to the playoffs.
The defending champions, Tampa Bay Lightning (44-32-6, 94 points), narrowly avoided missing the playoffs. They began the season with a horrible start and had to claw their way up the standings. The beat out 9th-place Montreal (43-32-7, 93 points) by a point and will begin the defense of their title against Toronto who finished with the most points (118) in the league.