Flyers’ Flyers-Sidney Crosby rivalry hits the biggest peak yet
NEW YORK — The Philadelphia Flyers have a chance to clinch their second Stanley Cup championship and their first since 1998 when they host the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
The Flyers have won the past two meetings between the teams and won four of five overall this season.
They will have to win a game to get the tiebreaker over the Rangers, who are 3-3-0 in the series.
The teams have played seven times this season, but this will be their first meeting in New York.
“The rivalry is there.
It’s just about how it plays out,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said.
This is what we’ve been waiting for, so this is the biggest game we’ve had all year.” “
This is the big thing, we’ve got a big game coming up against a really good team.
This is what we’ve been waiting for, so this is the biggest game we’ve had all year.”
The Flyers are 8-2-1 since the start of April and 5-2 in the past 10 meetings.
The Rangers have lost five straight and 10 of their past 11 games overall.
They have won three of four at MSG.
The last time they met in the postseason was in 2009, a 3-2 win for the Flyers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The NHL season ended with a second straight playoff berth for Philadelphia and New York after winning the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1999.
Hakstul has not been able to get his team in the right position to win this series.
He has a team with only eight players in the top five in scoring and is trying to add some depth by signing former Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Matt Calvert, a free agent.
Calvert played six games for Hakstrol last season and had two goals.
“I think that’s been the biggest thing for him, has been getting some of his guys to play together and play like a team,” Flyers center Chris VandeVelde said.
The two teams have split the last three meetings, with the Flyers winning the first in overtime in 2015.
In that game, the Flyers scored five unanswered goals to take a 2-1 series lead.
The Red Wings scored twice in the final six minutes of regulation before the Flyers got the second goal to tie it 1-1.
They lost the next two games.
The Penguins led 4-3 in the second period before the Rangers scored twice on the power play to take an 8-4 lead into the third period.
But Pittsburgh scored twice of its own in the fourth period to take the lead.
Henrik Lundqvist scored a power-play goal on the ensuing power-shift goal and the Flyers tied it 3-all when Cam Atkinson made it 4-all.
The game ended when Crosby fired the winning goal on a deflection from Ryan McDonagh that made it 5-all with 10:08 left in regulation.
“We had to do it.
We had to get it in,” Crosby said.
Pittsburgh has won four straight overall against the Flyers.
“Our fans, they’ve been so supportive.
It is great to see.
They love it here, they’re happy and they’re behind us.”
The Penguins are 5-3 against New York, but have not won a game there since 1998.