Rangers let chance at victory slip away in second period

Derek Stepan
Derek Stepan skates off the ice after the Game 2 loss Sunday.
Credit: Getty Images

All the Rangers had to do was hold serve in a raucous Madison Square Garden — roaring in anticipation of putting a hated rival in a 2-0 series hole after Martin St. Louis and Benoit Pouliot both found the back of the net in the first 10 minutes.

But everything they worked for vanished in the span of a period.

“They came back and got the momentum from us and we just couldn’t respond,” Derek Dorsett said after the 4-2 Game 2 loss.

Jason Akeson, whose high stick on Carl Hagelin in Game 1 led to two Rangers power-play goals, tied the game at 2-2 when he banged a power-play goal past Henrik Lundqvist (21 saves) at 5:45 in the second. Luke Schenn scored the game-winner on a delayed penalty six minutes later when he backhanded an Adam Hall rebound past the Rangers’ goaltender.

“In the second period — this game can be funny sometimes — I thought it was our best period,” head coach Alain Vigneault said. “We had some Grade-A chances, our power play had some great looks and they scored two and we didn’t. At the end of the night that was the game. Give them credit. … When the other team makes mistakes you have to make them pay, and tonight we didn’t.”

The Rangers only converted once on six opportunities with man advantage. By comparison, the Flyers scored on two of their three power plays.

“We had some power plays tonight that we didn’t get done,” Brad Richards said. “They seemed to be very opportunistic on their chances and they won.”

Wayne Simmonds added an empty netter at 19:34 of the third. Jakub Voracek scored the Flyers’ first goal 14:14 into the match.

The Rangers and Flyers are tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven series which recommences Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia where the Rangers lost twice during the regular season.

The loss ends the Rangers’ nine-game winning streak over the Flyers at the Garden dating back to Feb. 20, 2011. The loss was also the Rangers’ seventh straight in Game 2s dating back to a 2-0 shutout to the Capitals in the 2011 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

“Anytime you don’t win a game in a round it’s a missed opportunity,” Marc Staal said. “Obviously we didn’t get the win like we wanted. They made a good push there in the second and we weren’t able to stop it. So now we have to go into Philly and try to get a couple.”

Follow Rangers beat writer Denis Gorman on Twitter @DenisGorman.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor pledges lower greenhouse gas emissions from New…

Just hours before the start of the People’s Climate March on Sunday, and two days ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, Mayor Bill de…

National

The best places to see the Northern Lights…

A large solar storm hit the Earth's atmosphere and will tonight illuminate the skies with aurora borealis -- also known as the Northern Lights.

Local

Police officer killed Sunday morning Bronx crash, 8…

One NYPD police officer was killed and eight other officers were injured early Sunday morning when the van they were traveling in crashed  in the…

National

Pennsylvania police shooter manhunt near home of suspect's…

A police manhunt intensified on Friday for the gunman who killed an officer and wounded another in an ambush at a Pennsylvania police barracks a week ago.

Television

'How to Get Away with' mischaracterizing Shondra Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes read Alessandra Stanley's New York Times piece about her being "an angry black woman" and "a romance writer" and it did not sit well with her.

Gossip

New nude celebrity selfies leak … and Clay…

A new batch of nude selfies of Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Lake Bell and Avril Lavigne hit the web and Clay Aiken has something to say!

Television

James Spader's route to villainy on "The Blacklist"

In honor of the second season premiere of "The Blacklist" tonight, where James Spader plays good guy/bad guy Raymond “Red” Reddington, it’s a good time to look back at Spader’s…

Television

True Detective

NFL

Jay Cutler takes Marc Trestman's coaching to heart

While Jay Cutler turned to an autobiography on the man who would be his head coach, Trestman had personal experience with the player.

NFL

Jets vs. Bears: 3 things to watch

Jets fans likely chalked up Monday's matchup with the Bears as a loss when the NFL schedule came out. But given their team's play so…

NFL

Rashad Jennings carries Giants in first win this…

Rashad Jennings, who came to New York from Oakland last year, by way of Jacksonville, was highly coveted this offseason by general manager Jerry Reese.

NFL

3 things we learned as Giants pick up…

The Giants picked up their first win of the season over the Texans.

Career

Here's how to make the most of visit…

You’re primped, you’re looking polished, you’re prepared with a stack of resumes. Job fair hunters, unite! There are a few things to keep in mind…

Education

Learn how to study effectively and stop cramming…

Picture this: It’s midterm week, and college students everywhere are trying to frantically memorize all of the math formulas, political theories and historical facts that…

Parenting

How motherhood inspired Bethenny Frankel's new book

Bethenny Frankel's new children's book is about how her daughter and dog didn't always get alone.

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.