By Sarah Kwak
NEW YORK — Bouncing back has been a theme in Philadelphia all season, and somehow the Flyers have embraced the adversity and turned it into a strength. Their atrocious 1-7-0 start and the dismissal of coach Peter Laviolette became just a minor detour as they went on to rack up 94 points. After going goalless for the first month of the season, captain Claude Giroux turned his season around and became the NHL’s most productive player of the second half. The Flyers had the third-best record in the Eastern Conference when trailing after two periods and they scored the second-highest total of third-period goals among all NHL teams. Really, bad starts don’t seem to bother the Flyers all that much. Game 2 of their series against the Rangers proved that once again on Sunday afternoon.
Rookie Jason Akeson redeemed himself after a catastrophic playoff debut in Game 1, and goalie Ray Emery also improved his play markedly after Thursday’s 4-1 loss, in which his surgically-repaired hips were exploited time and time again. After falling behind by two goals within the first 10 minutes of the game, Philadelphia didn’t panic. The Flyers fought back, and though they were outshot 33-25 by the Rangers, three second-period goals carried them to a 4-2 win. As the series heads two hours down I-95, the Flyers and Rangers are now tied 1-1.
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