Apr 27, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) celebrates his goal with New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) and New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) in the 1st period of game five of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014, Rangers vs. Flyers final score: New York wins, takes 3-2 series lead

The New York Rangers needed a win in Game 5 to avenge their loss last week and to take a commanding 3-2 series lead back to Philadelphia. That’s exactly what happened as the Rangers 4-2 win against the Flyers doesn’t get more dominating than it was as their three goal performance blew the Flyers away and got the Rangers that 3-2 series lead they needed.

Philadelphia’s back wasn’t broken in the loss though and while they didn’t win the game they did manage to make it close at the end and thus boost their confidence heading into Game 6 next week. Down 3-1 with just 1:29 left in the game, Claude Giroux added the Flyers second goal of the game and brought his team within one but the momentum swing wasn’t enough to tie the game.

To their credit, the Flyers got gutsy and pulled Steve Mason with over three minutes left in the game but after Giroux’s goal, Philly couldn’t stop making bad calls that resulted in either icing or an offsides penalty that forced Mason to continue coming back into the net. Once Mason was finally able to stay out of the net for the extra attacker to come one, the Rangers netted an empty net goal to secure a 4-2 win.

For the Rangers, the win helps them push the Flyers to the brink but Philly is not out yet. They’ve shown that they’re not going to go quietly in games and that has translated to a series in which the Flyers refuse to die.

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