The New York Rangers needed a big win in Game 7 against the Philadelphia Flyers because anything less would mean an end to their season and a more disappointing finish than we saw last year. While things imploded around the Rangers last season, at least they won a playoff series before getting bounced.
After a brutal Game 6 loss in Philadelphia, the Rangers were back home in front of the Rangers faithful, but they brought with them a Flyers team that was refusing to go quietly and had refused to lay down after rough games. The Flyers got pounced on over the weekend in Game 5 but rebounded to win Game 6 in blowout fashion.
But the Flyers resilience was something that the Rangers picked up and used against them in Game 7 as all New York needed were two goals and ace netminding by Henrik Lundqvist to lock up the series and advance to the Conference Semifinals.
Philadelphia has nothing to hang their head about as while they got bounced, they dragged the series out to a full seven games and refused to go away. But it’s the Rangers who are moving on and if they thought their series against the Flyers was brutal than the Penguins will have another thing coming.