Are the New York Rangers aware that the playoffs have started?
Game 4 started off great at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia as the Rangers took a 1-0 lead over the Philadelphia Flyers thanks to an early first-period goal from Dominic Moore. However, everything the Rangers did right in the first period vanished in the final two periods, as they put zero pressure on the Flyers for the rest of the game.
Sure, Flyers goaltender Steve Mason played a very good game, but the Rangers made him look like Ken Dryden with their lack of commitment and willingness to play in front of the net. Mason saw every shot, many of which were not difficult, and for a player who is coming off of an upper body injury and starting in his first playoff game of the year, he was rarely tested.
The Rangers failed to put constant pressure on the Flyers’ defensemen, and their effort in the final 40 minutes of the game were inexcusable, embarrassing and speaks volumes.
The Rangers’ disgusting Game 4 effort led to a 2-1 loss, resulting in the Flyers tying the series at two games apiece and extending the Rangers’ horrible postseason record of 11 straight losses when leading a series. The Rangers’ lack of a killer instinct is simply appalling and will kill them in this series. Another season, another disappointing playoffs for the Rangers.
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