The New York Rangers were in control of game of Game 5 against the Philadelphia Flyers thanks to the depth they have. The Rangers beat the Flyers 4-2 to take a 3-2 lead in their first round series. The Rangers got goals from four different players and had everyone play a role in today’s win.
Of course, it is never easy for the Rangers. They were up 3-0, but the Flyers fought back to cut the Rangers’ lead to 3-2. Brian Boyle ended up scoring the empty net goal that sealed the deal for the Rangers. Dominic Moore, Marc Staal, Brad Richards and Boyle were the goal scorers for the Rangers.
The Rangers took advantage of the Flyers’ lack of speed on defense, and the speed the Rangers posses on all four lines was the reason they won this game. They simply have too much depth for the Flyers to handle. When players like Hal Gil are playing legitimate minutes, your defense is going to struggle.
Everyone on the Rangers had contributions in this win. The top line of Derek Stepan, Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis was excellent. St. Louis was the best player on the ice all day long. Moore and Boyle were forces, shutting down Claude Giroux against, outside of his late goal. Everyone on the Rangers played an important role in this win.
For the Rangers, all four lines played a factor in today’s win. Alain Vigneault has preached all season long that he is going to roll four lines and six defenseman, and that is exactly what he did today. When all four lines are getting time and playing well, it makes it extremely difficult for another team to get going.
Now, the Rangers have to step on the Flyers’ throats and finish them off in Game 6. If the Rangers’ depth continues to manifest itself, they should be able to close out this series Tuesday night.