Third-Period Collapse Costs New York Rangers Game vs. Philadelphia Flyers

By Brandon Fitzpatrick
New York Rangers loss
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It was a tough, hard-hitting game between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers. The game was close until the final period started. The Rangers lost 4-2 and were dominated in the third period. They were outworked and out-hustled during the final period of play.

The Rangers were down 3-2 heading into the third period and were playing well. They were getting an absurd amount of chances, but were having a tough time solving Flyers’ goaltender Steve Mason. Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard were the goalscorers for the Rangers today.

Once the third period started, the Flyers turned it up another notch and dominated the Rangers. On one Flyers power play, they had five shots on goal. If it were not for Henrik Lundqvist‘s superb play early in the third, the Rangers could have very well lost this game by four or five goals.

In addition to their lackluster play in the third, the Rangers could not finish. When they finally got some scoring opportunities, players could not find the back of the net. Derek Stepan was stoned on a point-blank rebound. Earlier in the game, players like Kreider and J.T. Miller missed wide-open nets.

This will be a tough loss for the Rangers to swallow. They played pretty well during the first couple periods, but were flat out dominated in the third. The Flyers were hungrier and outworked the Rangers in the third period. The Rangers have been a solid third-period team this year, so it is not too much of a worry. With that said, they can’t allow what happened today to carry over.

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