It seems only appropriate that Philadelphia ended its nine-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden in dramatic fashion. The New York Rangers were dominate early, but the Flyers battled back to earn a 3-2 victory that tied this series at 1-1.
Flyers goaltender Ray Emery was a microcosm of the Flyers’ journey as he struggled out of the gate, conceding similar-looking goals to Martin St. Louis and Benoit Pouliot in the first 8:22 minutes of the contest.
Emery settled in after that though and gave his team a chance to battle back into this one. The Flyers’ top unit started to turn the tide with Jakub Voracek scoring 14:14 minutes into the game. The Flyers’ first line of Voracek, Scott Hartnell, and Claude Giroux combined for just two shots on goal in the first game and had been routinely neutralized by the Rangers throughout the regular season.
Philadelphia completed the comeback from goals by Jason Akeson and defenseman Luke Schenn. In both cases, it was the player’s first career postseason goal.
With everything evened up, the Rangers have lost their home ice advantage as the series heads to Philadelphia for Game 3 on Tuesday.