The first round series between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers is notable for more than just the fact that it’s an Original Six showdown. While there’s the historical aspect to the rivalry, there’s also the storyline that both teams need to do something special this postseason and they have to go through each other to get there.
In Game 1, the Flyers were unable to thwart the Rangers attack but they flipped the table in Game 2 and walked away from New York with a 4-2 series tying win that puts them in a position to head back to Madison Square Garden next week with a chance to clinch.
That would mean that the Flyers have to chalk up home wins in Game 3 and Game 4, but after today’s win that looks like it could happen.
But unlike other series we’re seeing at the moment, this is still anyone’s series to win. Both New York and Philadelphia have proven they’re perhaps the most evenly matched series of the first round and that means we’re likely in store for at least three more outstanding games.
Things head back to Philadelphia next week where the Rangers will be looking to pick up at least one game to send the series back to New York with a fighting chance. But should the Flyers play like they did on Sunday and grab two games from the Rangers, this series could be over before we want it to be.