Things kind of settled down. The Rangers got the only goal of the second from Backman. Valiquette made a couple of timely stops including getting across to stop Daniel Briere. He’s been sharp but the Flyers also missed the net with high shots a few times.
The Rangers take a 4-3 lead into the third with a pivotal power play to start with. They’ll have the full two minutes to work with thanks to some hard work by the Drury line. Look for the Flyers to take some chances shorthanded. They have good SH players even without injured top star Mike Richards. Carter made one happen in yesterday’s road win over the Islanders. It was later credited to Mike Knuble. Though I can’t see how.
It should be an interesting third.
Here are the numbers for Lundqvist and Niittymaki:
Lundqvist- 8 shots, 5 saves
Niittymaki- 14 shots, 10 saves