Apr 29, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) celebrates his power play goal with right wing Jakub Voracek (93) and defenseman Kimmo Timonen (44) against the New York Rangers during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014, Flyers vs. Rangers final score: Philadelphia forces Game 7 with 5-2 win

The Philadelphia Flyers needed a win in Game 6 at home against the New York Rangers in order to keep their season alive and that’s exactly what they did. Thanks to the hot hand of Wayne Simmonds, who managed a playoff hat trick to help his team stay alive, the Flyers are going to try and keep this memorable season going tomorrow in New York.

For the Rangers, the game was a major downer as they were riding high after a great Game 5 win at Madison Square Garden but ran into an absolute buzz saw in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Where the Flyers pulled this five goal performance out of, we may never know, but pulverizing the Rangers 5-2 before a crucial Game 7 is the very definition of a confidence booster.

Philadelphia has won in New York before in this series and they’ll need to do it again tomorrow night to stave off elimination and bounce the Rangers from the postseason. If the Rangers were dragging their feet tonight, the quick turnaround doesn’t bode well for them and they can’t afford to be sluggish again.

The series isn’t over but it’s now going to go the distance and a full seven games which means the ups and downs previously had by both teams need to be forgotten and their focus needs to be laser. It’s going to be a great game and they Flyers have officially shown they’re not going to go quietly out of the postseason — if even at all.

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