Every night during the playoffs, we will wrap up all the exciting action and tell you what you need to know about the 2013-14 Stanley Cup playoffs. Welcome to What You Need To Know.
Flyers win 5-2 | Series tied 3-3 | Game 7 Wed.
Philadelphia Flyers: There is little denying the Flyers play some of their best hockey when they have their backs against the wall and Tuesday night was no exception. They didn't start very well at all with a turnover-fest in their own zone but one goal seemed to settle whatever nerves they might have had. Once again it was the Flyers winning the special teams battle on both ends and that did make a large difference and playing with the lead for a rather rare time in this series only seemed to inspire the Flyers more. It was not a perfect game as Steve Mason was tested quite a bit in net but you can't really complain about forcing a Game 7. And the game got a little nasty in the third period to set the tone for Game 7 on Wednesday, something the Flyers probably won't mind.
New York Rangers: Aside from some early success on the forecheck, the Rangers just seemed a bit lethargic in this game. Dan Girardi in particular had a rough night, on his 30th birthday no less. He was credited with two giveaways and he had two giveaways that just so happened to lead directly to Flyers goals. It wasn't the best night for Henrik Lundqvist either as he was pulled after 40 minutes and four goals against. The big issue and what the Rangers will point to if they are unable to advance to the next round has been a power play that has had no power. The Rangers were once again 0-fer on the man advantage, making them scoreless in 20 straight opportunities while they gave up a couple of goals against while disadvantaged. The game was relatively even in shot attempts before garbage time but it wasn't as close as that would indicate. The Rangers will have to forget about this game tonight before a quick turnaround and Game 7 back in New York.
Play of the Game: There were plenty of saves to be included here but we're going with Wayne Simmonds' second goal of the night. Sure, it wasn't necessarily a spectacular play on his end, but this one was about Brayden Schenn and his play to take the puck away from Dan Girardi along the boards and get the puck to the net where Simmonds finished.
Player of the Game: We're not going to take the low-hanging fruit here and take Wayne Simmonds even with his hat trick and 11 (!) shot attempts but instead give Steve Mason his due. He didn't get the shutout because of a pair of late goals but he was otherwise exceptional, earning his win. The Rangers had their share of great chances but Mason was there for them all, often with some dazzling glove saves.
Turning Point: It came early in this game, very early. The Rangers came out looking like a team determined to win this series in six with all the jump in the opening minutes and a great forecheck aided by numerous Flyers turnovers. Then Benoit Pouliot took a bad offensive-zone penalty and Simmonds scored on the ensuing power play. It went downhill from there for New York.
GIF of the Game: When Simmonds scored the third goal obviously the hats came raining down at Wells Fargo Center, 639 hats to be specific (one shoe and one bra too). We don't know if this hat ever made it, though (via @MyRegularFace).
Image of the Game: We're going to add a special section with just one game tonight. Two words: Playoff Face. Even the refs get it.
It must be the playoffs... pic.twitter.com/ygEyuGB4hW— James Mirtle (@mirtle) April 30, 2014