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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.

Vatrano presence: Bruins edge Red Wings in overtime

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The Boston Bruins keep flipping the script.

In Wednesday’s case, it swerved to a “Cinderella” story, as little-known forward Frank Vatrano scored two of Boston’s three goals – including the overtime clincher – as the B’s beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 (OT).

Here’s his first goal of the night:

While this is his overtime game-winner:

It wasn’t a perfect night for the 21-year-old, yet it may have been a convincing one.

The Bruins continue to begin a month on a sour note before ending up with impressive sprees.

October: 0-3-0 start, finished month with four straight wins and victories in six of seven contests.

November: 0-3-0 start, losses in four of five; currently on a four-game winning strek with victories in five of six.

Boston faces a challenge in closing this month out against the Rangers on Friday, and it’s possible that this trend may continue, as they begin December with a three-game road trip through Western Canada.

More than anything else, the safest bet with the Bruins is for ups and downs.

Crosby roars, Malkin scores in OT for Penguins win

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Controversy just seems to find the Pittsburgh Penguins. Credit Sidney Crosby & Co. for responding with a win on Wednesday.

Crosby generated two pretty goals, including this slam-dunk slapper:

… While Evgeni Malkin‘s overtime-winner stood as the Penguins managed a 4-3 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues tonight.

(You can see Malkin’s OT-clincher in the video above this post.)

Will this win and strong performance from Crosby silence murmurs about his relationship with Mario Lemieux? Probably not, yet it likely turns the volume down in some ways, including killing the “Is he struggling because of distractions” storyline.

You know, at least for a little while. Maybe.

Fight video: Claude Giroux vs. Nick Leddy

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Claude Giroux isn’t the nastiest, most physical captain the Philadelphia Flyers have employed. Even so, he can be feisty at times.

Wednesday showed that, as he clearly wasn’t happy with an earlier Nick Leddy hit, and eventually got the New York Islanders defenseman to drop his gloves.

You can see the fight and the check that inspired that scrap in the video above.

It’s the fourth fight Giroux has been a part of, with his most recent adversary being may his most bitter rival.

Not a heavyweight bout between Giroux and Leddy, mind you, but sometimes it’s amusing to soak in such a rare sight.

Update: The fight may have inspired the Islanders more than the Flyers, as they bested Philly 3-1 on Wednesday.

Carter Hutton gets flipped, stays in game

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Carter Hutton is getting something that might make fellow Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne jealous: goal support.

Still, there was at least one moment where Rinne was likely happy to be on the bench, as Hutton was left flipping during this collision with Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno:

Remarkably, Hutton remained in the game.

If you’re the type who loves adding to your “hockey players are tough” files, put this under the goalies section.

Check out this incredible shot of that moment:

Update: The Predators held off the Buffalo Sabres to win 3-2.