Game 7: Flyers at Rangers … It’s Go Time!


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Flyers at Rangers.


The winner barely catches its breath and goes to Pittsburgh for Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern semifinal starting Friday and probably Sunday, meaning five playoff games in eight days. Thank you again, NBC.

If you’re going to the game tonight, try to not start any massive drunken brawls. Oh, I forgot, this game’s not in Philly. Never mind.

To repeat some of the Game 7 stats: Rangers are 5-0 all-time in G7s at home, 6-1 in their Game 7s since 1992. Before that they played only four Game 7s in their history, all on the road (0-4, including the Stanley Cup final Game 7 2OT loss to Detroit in 1950, and a 1975 4-3 loss to the Flyers in the semifinals, the only Game 7 these teams have played.

In 149 all-time Game 7s, home teams are 90-59, but they are just 10-12 in the last 22. Home teams are 19-18 in overtime Game 7s.

Teams scoring the first goal are 111-38 in Game 7s, but have won 16 in a row (most of these stats are from Elias Sports Bureau, BTW).

The Rangers have that putrid NHL record 12-game losing streak when leading in a series. Fortunately for them, they don’t lead this series any longer … and they are 6-2 in elimination games the last two seasons.


After the game, vote for the Three Rangers Stars in the poll on the left.

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  1. Live from Indy. It’s killing me not to be there. My dad better bring luck in my seats or he’s done.

  2. This post! It’s so fresh, so new. I keep blinking, the light! — it’s that startling. Is that Jesus over there? Has Moses been prucha’d?

  3. This might be a good thing. Usually when I think the rangers are going to lose they win. I don’t have a good feeling on this game 7 tonight. I think the rangers are in trouble. I think philly finally has found there game. Rangers have let the flyers off the hook to many times in this series.


    Do it for the THE!

    So he might play versus Pitt

    Where Good trumps Evil.

  5. Kimmo Timonen-Braydon Coburn
    Andrew MacDonald-Mark Streit
    Erik Gustafsson-Luke Schenn

    Go back to Westchester if you can’t beat this Dairy Queen defense.

  6. I’m genuinely curious as to who the Pens are rooting for tonight. Does it even matter to them who wins?

  7. Here’s my prediction:

    9-0 Flyers. A game in which momentum is carried over and in which the Rangers show their true soft-serve, two-bit colors.

    Gentle men, the clowns are in town … and they’re performing at MSG.

  8. BroadwayBlueshirts on

    Here we go! I’m not ready to say goodbye to this hockey season yet, but i have a gut feeling that is what i will be doing in three hours.
    regardless… LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!

  9. I sure hope Diaz isn’t a head fake. It says, “I care about the power play” to me.

  10. Jeff in SD – he spoke of the dissappointing results of the expensive signings by the Rangers such as Nash, Richards, etc

  11. I said after Game 6, I would like to see Diaz. He’s our 2nd best offensive d-man and might be our best if McDonagh’s shoulder is messed up.

  12. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Pimp is right. If you can’t beat that hack of a defense then you suck.

    Timmonen is like Zuccarello’s size and 52 years old. He’s as slow as Hamrlik is/was

  13. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on


    5 – 0 RANGERS

  14. Dave Maloney reporting on the Radio pre-game during warm-ups the building is empty, feels like a pre- season game.


  15. LOL! Dave Maloney just said that the “Building is brutal” and that “nobody is here”.

  16. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I don’t get why the players say, “this is what you dream about.”

    I’m sure when you’re a kid you picture yourself in pressure situations but once you’re a pro you want to win in 4. I’m sure the coach isn’t like, “we all deserve to play in a game 7 guys. Let’s go tank this game 6!”

  17. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Boyle and Talbot are tied for the three stars. Early lead for the boys.

    Gotta love *our* Dave Maloney

  18. Anyone want to predict how many sure-goals POULET will fire right into Mason’s glove?

  19. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I’m not surprised the garden is empty. The tickets were $200 on the secondary market. WAY TO PRICE OUT THE FANS JERKS

  20. Who is MSL telling about a game 7, John?

    Who on this team hasn’t played in game 7 other than Talbot? Klein, Moore, Pouliot?

  21. I thought the lobster rolls were $200.

    If that’s the price of a ticket, it’s a deal.

  22. _If MSG doesn’t air the anthem, then they’re pieces of shyte_

    Dolans a Commie Bastard!

  23. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I think I’m at like 70% Terror / 30% Excitement but the terror will take over once the puck is dropped.

  24. Jeff in South Dakota on

    To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.

    That means win a series in four not seven games. Whoever thought up that “we dream for games like these” is full of Rinaldo.

  25. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I have to watch it on NBC because I watched the last game on MSG. Need to switch the MOJO

  26. I predicted that the Flyers would take this series in 3 games, so by that account the boys have done well.

  27. Nash needs the summer off to clear away the concussion vestiges. But not yet, please. Not yet…

  28. Know what we get to do tonight, kids? We get to watch Rangers hockey. Maybe for the last time til October…root hard

  29. Pouliot should not be retained!

    He played himself off the team last game, as far as I’m concerned…inexcusable…

  30. Good evening all! Dave in the broadcast booth!!! Has to be a good sign!!!

    God bless us everyone, except Flyers….LGR!!!!!

  31. I chose to boo Cano at Yankee Stadium over watching the playoffs, so naturally that’s why our boys played their worst game of the series last night. My apologies, all.

  32. If Rangers lose tonight, I will not watch them the rest of the year. I mean it this time!

  33. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Game 7 , baby !!!"...says Greg L. on


    LETS gog gogog goo ogogoo!!!!


  34. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Game 7 , baby !!!"...says Greg L. on



    RANGERS game Seven , live it , breathe it , WIN IT!!!!!

  35. “Pouliot should not be retained!

    He played himself off the team last game, as far as I’m concerned…inexcusable…”

    Even if he scores the GWG tonight?

  36. They just had Duguay on the ice screaming into a microphone, trying to get everybody to chant and be loud. Embarassing.

  37. Pat Leonard ?@PLeonardNYDN 1m
    Ron Duguay on the microphone talking to the Garden crowd, telling them this is Game 7 and it’s time to cheer #NYR

    This is embarrassing…

  38. Kentucky Fried POULET just won the “Colonel Award” for most frequent flyer miles.

  39. Ugh….didn’t need to know that Carp.

    Miami, love that your humor is still 100 percent….

  40. Hysterical Eric. And at least you don’t have a girlfriend barking at you for having one (or a dozen).

  41. inthearmsofbrianboyle(ABBA edition - NOT METAL) on


    Not so good a day at work.
    Lay-offs in the making.

    But I believe in balance in life.

    Tonight is ours.

    Again: 3Es Canadianbornfrenchspeakinghero with the gwg.


  42. Carp – he’d be a good trigger man for the shirt cannon. Maybe blast out sassoons instead of cheap shirts!

  43. I’d rather have Duguay on the ice in Rangers blue playing, than him shouting at the fans with a mic. He scored a few postseason goals in that building

  44. Ok Rangers, let’s win this game, make it easy on my nerves and not force me to make another liquor store run for more Sambuca.

  45. Heart in throat…check
    Shaking hands…check
    Nervous urge to pee…check

  46. Heart in throat…check
    Shaking hands…check
    Nervous urge to pee…check

    Ya this is “fun”…

  47. _They just had Duguay on the ice screaming into a microphone, trying to get everybody to chant and be loud. Embarrassing._

    Carp, he’s warming up for the Ranger fantasy Cruise !!!!

  48. we must score 1st. that stat about the last 17 or so teams that score first wins in game 7’s is driving me insane

  49. inthearmsofbrianboyle(ABBA edition - NOT METAL) on

    Is this a replay from yesterdays game??

    Thanks for shoulder-pats

  50. nancie pants on

    The goda have delayed my plane 6 hrs so i can watch the game from newark airport. this is a positive sign. go rangers

  51. I count three…3…board rattling hits by Nash. Is that really Nash?

    Flyers are just plastering j Moops

  52. A terrible penalty. This PP, whether or not they score, better send the message, You Can’t Do That, or it will be a long night. So far, 5 on 5 it’s the same shoot-and-hope, no plays.

  53. Easy to defend this PP. Just charge the puck every time. Not one Ranger can make a one-time pass.

  54. iManny-O-War on

    If Hank is going to play the puck he has to look both ways and throw it to any open area.

  55. When it comes to handling the puck, hank is no Biron.

    The rangers will score a pp goal tonight!!

    Book it

  56. Grabby, this is going to be the slowest three hours of my life

    Is it just me, or does anyone else go boudreau every time they show a famous ” fan” at the games….

  57. blogmama the time goes slow until we score, then it goes slower, if philly scores it goes faster, and our pp’s are set at ludicrous speed

  58. What the Garden has become is completely embarrassing and out of touch, if you are a true blue fan. Look at how many suits are in the crowd.

  59. So glad I have no work tomorrow…either way, I think I’m going to need a very late morning

  60. Papa
    What is his problem? He’s never going to make the roster.

    We should traid him for a 2nd round pick.

  61. If Rinaldo is going to be on the ice for 7 minutes a period. You have to kinda sorta capitalize. no?

  62. Better towards the end. Not just shooting the puck for its own sake. Giroux line looks like it will score tonight, so better get something soon.

  63. inthearmsofbrianboyle(ABBA edition - NOT METAL) on

    Rangers getting most of the quality chances.

    Leave the Spin-o-Rama behind in the locker-room.

    Come out and feast on the Flyers-D in the 2nd.

    They are there for a taking.

  64. NEW: Rick Nash’s “Summer Brew” … available in about 2 hours at a 7-Eleven near you.

  65. were killing nash! even if he plays well all night hes gotta score at least 1 goal in this freakin series and we have guys who can grind and all that. he needs to score bottom line. but he is playing “good” so far. first few games he was making nice passes and contributing that way, getting assists, and now its time to fuggin score. just 1, is all i ask at this point

  66. flyers D has been for the taking this whole series but the rangers don’t take full advantage of it. Hence why there is a game 7.

  67. “As for Sutherland, he’s all buffed up and chomps into his signature role with customary gusto. Is he up for a little fiery gunplay and ghastly torture? Sure. Will he unleash a sleeper hold or two? Absolutely. Does he utter his trademark “Dammit!” before the first hour is over? Of course, even though we’re in the UK, this ain’t no “Downton Abbey.”

  68. Manny

    Starting to annoy? It’s way behind that. They don’t pay him 7.8 mil to be a good forechecker and pk guy

  69. Not a single player on this roster (except Pouliot) that I wouldn’t trade for landeskog.

  70. Those suits in the crowd ARE the nutty fans from 30 years ago who can now afford better seats. The real problem is up top, where luxury Corinthian leather suites have replaced affordable blue seats for blue collars. Because that’s what Ray Zalinsky is

  71. iManny-O-War on

    I have a lot of patience, Eric. A lot. He’s really pissing me off with this flaring away from the net garbage.

  72. Whoever was trying to do game of thrones names for rangers players the other day

    Pouliot=job snow

  73. Manny,

    I am the founding member of the “annoyed by Nash club”.

    Started it in March of 2013. It’s growing exponentially.

    Welcome! Glad to have you on-board!

  74. Nash is going well. If he had shot the puck off the post and in rather than out, he’d be “back”. But because it didn’t go in, he’s killing us? Absurd.

  75. Just takin’ a break from work…notice goose eggs…one of my favorite meals as a bear coming out of hibernation this time of year. This sounds like the makings of an exciting finale!;>))

  76. iManny-O-War on

    :40 minutes to prove their worth and move on. Just win two periods you numbskulls

  77. nash coolin down by the bar in his protective head gear and flip flops sipping his own natural nashey summer time offseason victory ale

  78. Oh, and my mother always told me to watch out for the Rangers when I was a cub scout.

  79. Fat Guy, I guess they lost their voices and their jerseys and remembered their iPads and smartphones.

  80. is it still a “glass” of wine
    if you’re drinking 10 oz. in a tall glass?
    ummmm….just checking
    for a….
    (gotta keep blood pressure lower)

  81. inthearmsofbrianboyle(ABBA edition - NOT METAL) on

    Manny – breathe – POZY.

    Also magic words repeated over and over may have a positive effect:)

  82. and back from dinner (caught last 5 minutes of 1st)
    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  84. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Game 7 , baby !!!"...says Greg L. on


    Beuty play folks!!!!

    IM LOVIN IT!!!!


  85. Dan Carcillo – the Flyer killa!

    AV is not a genius, he’s just a very good coach with a plan ;)

  86. iManny-O-War on

    @sbaickerCSN: What is it about Dan Carcillo? Guy goes from being a scratch to scoring huge goals this series … twice.

  87. carcillo gets cross checked in the back, of course no penalty but I’m sure when the rangers do that it will be a penalty.

  88. @rangersreport

    Now four goals in this series on the Jack-in-the-box play, where the player in the box jumps out and scores, 3 for NYR, 2 for Carcillo.

  89. NYR_FAN
    _My grandma could have scored that goal. WHAT A PASS BY THE HOBBIT WIZARD!_

    But, could your Grandmother jump as high as Carcillo did after he scored it?

  90. I have a feeling, if Carss=o would play in 6th game, we we’d be relaxing today discussing Pens

  91. I’m glad to hear noise, from above I’m sure, but I really want to choke those I see in front and on the glass sitting like they’re at the opera, not a game 7. No mama love.

  92. iManny-O-War on

    Stralman just it some love from me. Great defensive shift there by he and Staal.

  93. that sequence from Mac. Awesome. ‘not gonna call a penalty, Im gonna ram the puck into the net myself’

  94. rangers need to bury this team right now. Flyers are ready for the taking, fugg mason, lets start burying these opportunities darn it.

  95. You have to make a huge effort to avoid the goalie now. It’s almost like diving in reverse – you have to sell the ref that you did everything in your power to avoid breathing on the goalie.


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  97. You guys are just ridiculous if you think Pouliot was at fault.

    If it was zucc that happened to, every single one of you would say bogus call so give me a break

    Pouliot baby!!!

    Suck it you idiots!!!

  98. “Stralman”



    That’s all I’m hearing from Sam and Dave!!!!

  99. Scored four of last five goals in the series
    I guess maybe there WAS some momentum from finally breaking thru late last night

  100. Stralman has been outstanding and not just those blocked shots on the PK. Winning battles and keeping pucks in the O-zone all night.

  101. rangers need to keep the pressure on, keep skating, hitting, high octane fore check and more goals will come.

  102. Hagelin staring at the puck alone behind the net. Doesn’t look up until he has it on his stick. Like the puck’s going to jump out of the rink! LOOK UP, Hags!

  103. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Game 7 , baby !!!"...says Greg L. on



    Rangers rule!!!! Lets pour it on!!

    Pour some sugar on me!!!

  104. Rangers showing desperation all over the ice, unlike last night.
    THIS is how you play when you want to finish a team off and end a series. Just need to keep the foot on the gas until the end!

  105. Back in November most of us, I know I sure did, had Pouliot on his way out of town and Carcillo was well….Carcillo.
    Things change

  106. Passing
    Girardi may have less offensive talent than any great Defensive Defenseman ever

  107. I’ve seen this script before: dominate a period, give up a late goal, momentum shifts to the opposition and bad things happen. Gotta survive the next 2 and a half minutes!

  108. freaking rangers can’t bury this team, unbelievable. They better score another goal or this will come back to haunt them.

  109. iManny-O-War on

    Carp is right. Mason grabbed his groin after the whistle.

    Wonky groin run coming up

  110. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Game 7 , baby !!!"...says Greg L. on

    now THATS my boys!!!!



  111. Mason been unreal. I never got on him.

    One of 3 chances needed to go in there. Still sweating

  112. Mason the best player on the ice so far. AV will remind his guys it’s going to need a pass to beat this guy. On a breakaway, stop in front of the net and wait for a teammate. Breathtaking goaltending!

  113. iManny-O-War on

    I don’t get why Boyle goes to the backhand. Just shoot. It’s his best chance

  114. Guy just won a two year lease of a Lexus with a shot from red line. Rangers should sign him

  115. mason is unreal. rangers knew they shouldve put this game away and this 3rd period is gonna be epic. hope hank is ready

  116. Forget about the guy winning the Car…

    *Carp,,,,,,,,It’s Stralman Wednesday!!!!*

  117. interesting comment on mason.

    I noticed at the end of the period, he stayed down for a little while and sam and dave commented on how tired he was.

  118. if the rangers can somehow win this game, move on to the next round and play like this, I don’t see MAF playing goal like mason.

  119. Looks to me like CarBong’s previous coaches have underrated him and used him only for head pounding.

  120. Rangers will play the neutral zone game for as long as they can, keep dumping it back in, finish off these fading defenders.

  121. Meant to say: Rangers have never lost a game seven when a guy wins a car shooting from center ice.

  122. ThisYearsModel on

    So some dude scores in the little slot from center ice and wins a Lexus, and we can’t finish into half open nets? Can the guy from the contest skate?

  123. Can’t wait for that bruins/Canadiens series. That series is going to be a great series.

  124. Zebras obviously have the memo to protect goalies at all costs, even from their own teammates.

  125. _Get pucks deep don’t go into shell_

    Agree Eric.

    Forecheck Fiercely and Back-check Smartly!

  126. iManny-O-War on

    Best Fotiu story ever is him being a healthy scratch and cutting out the slot in the car game at Nassau coliseum so the slot to win the car was huge. Guy nailed it first try.

  127. You could say maybe thats why you dont want your goalie yucking it up in the scrums, if he did tweak something

  128. rangers need to score at least 1 more goal. I hope all those opportunities they didn’t score doesn’t come back to haunt them.

  129. 2nd Period the Flyers looked like they flew a 1 -stop flight from Philly to New York via San Diego.

  130. Good evening, Carp! Finally home & watching the game. Let’s hope the Rangers keep the *momentum* in the third!!! LGR!

  131. Neither. Can’t sit back, can’t forecheck too deep. Puck possession if possible, dump and regain in the neutral more likely. No odd-mans.

  132. Depending on what car that guy won, he’ll probably have to sell it wholesale to pay the taxes.

  133. That MZA pass was like those prayer passes in a video game that warp through defenseman.

  134. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Game 7 , baby !!!"...says Greg L. on

    Talk about breakaways , Boyle , Haglen and Nash. Stepan almost scores and then the chances. Mason is amazing tonight but we are INCREDIBLE!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!


    BURY THEM!!!

    BURY THEM!!!

  135. Is it possible that in 20 minutes, we make mimosas with Dom Perignon and Papa’s orange juice?

  136. Eric buying Ketel shots in a hotel bar in Indy. Patrons – hey, this hockey isn’t so bad after all.

  137. Rob in Beantown on

    Playoff hockey is anxiety interspersed with short periods of jubilation and despair.

  138. ThisYearsModel on

    Wow. All those chances for us against Mason, and they score that one? Unbelievable.

  139. Rob in Beantown on

    NBC though it was a delayed penalty on the at that resulted in a Flyers goal. Not so much apparently.

  140. It’s been like this for much of the series, Rangers needing huge energy to get a goal, Flyers needing a bounce.

  141. Fortunately I spend too much money on my hair, so it’s safe…and I stopped bitng my nails a long long time ago. So, I’ll just go refill….:)

  142. gregm_oldsection403 on

    Flyers surging. Gotta get that step back and win the 1 on 1 battles, like they did during the 2md period.

  143. This is exactly why you don’t mess around and keep depending on Game 7’s. One goal, one flukey bounce, one bad call against us…ugh, gotta score one here!

  144. Back to shooting the puck from distance to an unscreened Mason. Rocks in their heads.

  145. We have more unforced giveaways in this period alone than in the first two combined.

  146. ThisYearsModel on

    I fondly remember the days when we had the best goalie in the game consistently.

  147. can’t say I didn’t see this coming from a mile away with all those opportunities the rangers didn’t bury.

  148. Admiral Akbar on

    Ok… A little more offensive zone time… Good

    Offensive zone time = time of possession.

  149. Hemmed in all period Nash gets one chance still can’t finish.

    All I think about is last 2 mins of 2nd.

  150. I dont know why the coaches haven’t instructed these guys to take the puck to the crease.

  151. Duguay still screaming into a microphone, but now he’s out on 7th Avenue and it’s not plugged in

  152. this is heading for OT!!! hope I’m wrong but the rangers are playing the prevent defense.

  153. BroadwayBlueshirts on

    AV waited all year to use that timeout. He knows he gets one per game right?

  154. whats the hesitation on calling a Timeout there. anything other then AV fighting his own stubbornness

  155. AV calls time out; equivalent of Red Auerbach lighting his cigar; game over, Rangers win !

  156. Seriously, is there a problem with the clock? It’s been a month since the third started.

  157. Please please please please
    Please please please please

    Please please please please

    Please please please please