Henrik Lundqvist can't save Rangers
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Henrik Lundqvist did everything he possibly could for the New York Rangers Friday, but it wasn’t enough as the Flyers held on for the 4-0 win. 

Dom Renna

  • New York Rangers: 0 (12-9-2, 26 points)
  • Philadelphia Flyers: 4 (10-10-2, 22 points)
  • NYR Goals: None
  • PHI Goals: Travis Konecny (6), Sean Couturier (9, 10) Jordan Weal (3)
  • NHL. Final. Boxscore.
  • Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For the first time in 2018-19, Henrik Lundqvist could not get the help he needed. Facing 46 shots on the afternoon, Lundqvist received no support from his teammates who were unable to beat Calvin Pickard falling to the Flyers 4-0.

It did not take long to realize that the Rangers were going to need more help than usual. Everyone but Lundqvist started the game sluggish being outshot at one point in the first period 15-5. It was an important start for the Flyers considering they entered play struggling at 5-3-2 in their last 10 games.

Just when it looked like New York would get escape the first scoreless, Philadelphia would get a lucky bounce as a Travis Konecny shot would go off Lundqvist’s pads and deflect off the defending Brady Skjei into the Rangers net.

That would be it offensively for the period, as the Rangers were unable to generate anything through the first period and a half. Their best shift of the afternoon would come with 37 seconds remaining in the first and even that failed to turn into offense.

Lundqvist would end up stopping 32 shots through two periods, 42 for the game putting on a goaltending clinic Blueshirt fans had been used to throughout his career.

The biggest issue that plagued the Blueshirts throughout this afternoon affair was their puck management. Too many times were the Rangers turning puck overs or just simply putting teammates in a poor position with the puck. They ended the afternoon turning the puck over nine times, not including the eight times they missed the net with their shots.

In the third period, the Rangers had two great chances to tie this at one but, Lias Andersson was stopped all alone and later on Tony DeAngelo would hit a post. Seconds after DeAngelo hit that post, Philadelphia would put this one out of reach on a goal from Sean Couturier.

New York will look to bounce back quickly, as they head home to face the Washington Capitals Saturday afternoon.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.