After a hard fought series against the Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers’ season came to an end on Wednesday night. The Flyers fell to the Rangers 2-1 in Game 7 of their series. Both teams were hoping to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs but only one can move on.
The final game of the series started off at a very fast yet steady pace with end to end action. With each team having some good scoring chances, surprisingly, the first period ended with no goals being scored. A dismal second period would prove to be the Flyers’ downfall in the end. New York scored a pair of goals to make the score 2-0. Former Flyer Dan Carcillo tallied one and Benoit Pouliot notched the other Rangers goal. It would all come down to the third period of the game.
Philadelphia finally came alive in the third period even though Steve Mason had played extremely well the whole game. Jason Akeson was the lone goal scorer for the Flyers as he made it 2-1. The team would make a big push in the late stages of the game but ultimately fell short. The Rangers took Game 7 and the series so they will move on to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round.
In the midst of the disappointment there are a few positives to take away from this season. The Flyers battled back from being in last place in the beginning of the year to making the playoffs. They started 1-7 in October but still fought all season to make it to the postseason. Mason, the Flyers’ goaltender, has proved that he can be a more than reliable goalie with his stellar play all season long. Philadelphia has a lot of young talent in their system and on the team now so there is hope. One thing that still plagues the Flyers is defensive troubles which still need to be addressed. Fans can only wait and see how the team progresses over the offseason until they can once again cheer on the orange and black.