Season, memorable series end for Flyers

After scoring three goals in Game 6, Wayne Simmonds was shut down in Game 7. Credit: Getty Images
After scoring three goals in Game 6, Wayne Simmonds was shut down in Game 7. Credit: Getty Images

After forcing a Game 7 in New York, the Flyers played a lousy second period and couldn’t come back from a two-goal deficit. They were ousted from the playoffs Wednesday in a 2-1 loss.

In every game this series, except for Tuesday’s blow out 5-2 victory, the Flyers fell behind and had to play from a hole right from the start.

This was no different.

It was fitting that Daniel Carcillo had a hand in ending the Flyers’ season, the former Philadelphia enforcer netted a goal at the start of the second period to get the Rangers ahead 1-0 after they killed a penalty. Mats Zuccarello set up Carcillo on a perfect pass and Mason didn’t have much of a chance.

Benoit Pouliot added to the Flyers misery beating the Flyers netminder with a slapshot at the 8:14 mark in the second, giving the Rangers a comfortable 2-0 lead and what would wind up as the game-winning goal.

In the third period the Flyers fought back, with a Jason Akeson struck for a goal himself less than four minutes into the final stanza to cut the New York advantage to 2-1.

It was downright remarkable that the Rangers, less than 24 hours removed from their biggest drubbing of the playoffs, were able to skate with such speed and confidence and down the Flyers in such convincing fashion.

The Flyers did generate some potent scoring tries, but Henrik Lundqvist was back to his old self, turing away 26 Flyers’ shots.

Philadelphia made a desperate effort with an extra attacked in the final minute, but couldn’t generate a tying goal.

The Rangers will continue on with their title persuit, facing the Penguins in the second round starting Friday.

What went wrong

Falling behind

The Flyers got off to a smashing start in Game 6 and it appeared their momentum would continue in Game 7 with a pretty solid first period. But the Rangers stole the momentum with two goals in Period No. 2, taking total control and forcing the Flyers to play catchup — again.

Rangers forecheck

The Flyers had no answer for New York’s forecheck, especially in the decisive second period. It’s hard to create offense for yourself when you are spending so much time in front of your own net. The Rangers created second and third chances offensively and it led to Philly’s downfall.

Another block party

The Flyers were outshot on the scoreboard, 33-27, but it was a repeat of their Game 3 loss (when the Rangers blocked 29 shots). In this one, the Flyers were turned away on 22 shots by Rangers defenders, including Ryan McDonagh with four and Dan Girardi with five.


Gunther from 'Friends' talks Central Perk

We spoke with Gunther (James Michael Tyler) at the preview for new pop-up Central Perk, based on the cafe in "Friends."


Central Perk opens in SoHo

Central Perk, of "Friends" fame, is giving out free coffee in SoHo through Oct. 18.


Beer sponsor Anheuser-Busch reproaches NFL over domestic abuse

Anheuser-Busch chastised the NFL for its handling of domestic violence cases, making it the first major advertiser to put pressure on the league.


Sen. Krueger dishes on prospect of legal marijuana…

New Yorkers may see the legalization of recreational marijuana use as early as 2015 if State Senator Liz Krueger (D) gets her way. The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act will…


FREEMAN makes Freeman a free man from Ween

For nearly 30 years, Aaron Freeman was known endearingly to his listeners as Gene Ween. But with "FREEMAN," he makes it clear that he's gone somewhere else.


'Outlander' recap: Season 1, Episode 6: 'The Garrison…

Whipping, punching, kicking and a marriage contract. "Outlander" is not for the faint of heart this week with "The Garrison Commander."

The Word

The Word: Hey girl, it's a girl for…

It's a girl for Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes, who reportedly welcomed a daughter last Friday, according to Us Weekly. The super-private couple managed to…


TV watch list, Tuesday, Sept. 16: 'New Girl,'…

Check out the season premiere of "New Girl," as Jess competes with Jessica Biel for a guy's attentions.


5 top contenders for NL Rookie of the…

The outing rekindled award talk for deGrom, who appears to hold the top spot for NL Rookie of the Year honors. Metro breaks down a few other contenders.


College football Top 25 poll (AP rankings)

College football Top 25 poll (AP rankings)


Tom Coughlin says Giants 'beat themselves' against Cardinals

Head coach Tom Coughlin, who had a day to cool off and reflect, still sounded like he had a gnawing feeling in his gut.


Marty Mornhinweg accepts blame for Jets timeout fiasco

Jets fans looking for a scapegoat for Sunday’s timeout fiasco found a willing party on Monday: Marty Mornhinweg.


Rachel Zoe: New York Fashion Week Spring 15

Rachel Zoe goes 'Glam bohemia' for Spring.


Where to find SweeTango apples

Introduced in 2009, SweeTango — a hybrid of Honeycrisp and Zestar — is a sweet apple with plenty of crunch.


London Fashion Week recap

London Fashion week gets in on the action with politics, heritage and summertime living.


Padma Lakshmi's recipe for green mango curry

Padma Lakshmi shares her recipe for green mango curry in UNICEF's new book, "UNICHEF."