On Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden the Flyers fell to the Rangers 4-2 in Game 5 of their series. New York now holds a 3-2 series lead which puts the Flyers in a must win situation for Game 6 and a possible Game 7 if they can force it.
The game started out intense as usual and the Rangers scored first. Defenseman Marc Staal shot the puck right under Steve Mason’s blocker to make the score 1-0. Staal’s goal was his first of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. Things would get worse for Philadelphia as they eventually found themselves down 3-0 in the second period.
With just over 30 seconds left in the second stanza, the Flyers scored to make the score 3-1. Vincent Lecavalier notched the goal for Philadelphia on the power play. Later in the period the Flyers moved to within one goal of tying the game after Claude Giroux made the score 3-2. The goal was Giroux’s first of the playoffs after he had been held goalless for the first four games. Philadelphia looked as if they might tie the game, but the comeback would be stifled by Brian Boyle who would score the empty net goal for the Rangers. The score would go final and the Flyers again trail in the series.
In a desperate attempt to win the series, the Flyers will face two consecutive possible elimination games, with the first game on Tuesday and the second game on Wednesday, if need be. Game 6 will take place Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers are on the brink of elimination, only time will tell if they live to fight another day.