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Get your game notes: Rangers at Flyers


Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the New York Rangers at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— The Rangers have lost their last 11 playoff games which they entered with a lead in the series, the longest such streak in NHL history. The last time the Rangers won a game when they led in the series was in Game 4 of their 2009 first-round series against Washington (led series, 2-1; won Game 4, 2-1); the Rangers went on to lose Games 5, 6 and 7 in that series. In the three series since then when they’ve held a lead at any point in the series, their series record is 2-1.

— The Rangers last had a series-clinching game last postseason, winning Game 7 in their first-round matchup against Washington. New York is 3-1 in their last four series-clinching games. Philadelphia is 0-2 in their last two elimination games, but 9-5 in their last 14 dating back to the beginning of the 2007-08 postseason.

— Seven of the eight first-round matchups in the 2014 playoffs have featured at least one overtime game, with Flyers-Rangers being the lone exception. Only one game in this series has been decided by one goal (Game 4, PHI won 2-1); however, no team has had larger than a two-goal lead heading into the third period of any game.

— Ranger forward Brad Richards scored his 30th career postseason goal in Game 5, becoming the 19th active player to reach the milestone. Flyer forward Vincent Lecavalier also scored in Game 5, his 25th career postseason goal, and first playoff tally since May 17, 2011 (w/ TB). Prior to his late goal in Game 5, Claude Giroux had not scored in his previous 14 meetings (10 reg. season, 4 postseason) against the Rangers dating back to a goal on Feb. 11, 2012.

— New York’s Dominic Moore recorded the second game-winning goal of his postseason career and his first since April 28, 2010, (for the Canadiens) with his game-winner in Game 5. Moore has found the back of the net in each of the past two games, the first time he’s scored in consecutive games in his playoff career (9G-10A in 49GP).

— The Rangers have failed to convert on 15 straight power-play opportunities after beginning the series 3-8 (3-23 for the series, 13%). The Flyers are 4-16 (25%) in the series with the man advantage. Philadelphia has scored a power-play goal in each of the last two games.

— The Flyers have generated 24.6 shots per game in this series (fewest in playoffs) compared to the 30.4 they put up during the regular season.

— Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves in Game 5 to pick up his 33rd career playoff victory. Lundqvist has allowed a goal or less in 5 of his 10 starts in April, while never allowing more than three goals.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.

Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.