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Loss to Rangers Knocks Flyers Out of Playoff Contention

With the loss to the Rangers, it's now mathematically impossible for the Flyers to tie the Senators with three games remaining.

BOX SCORE

It's over.

The Flyers were officially eliminated from playoff contention Sunday night at Madison Square Garden at the hands of a hated Metropolitan Division rival -- the Rangers.

The 4-3 loss snapped the Flyers' four-game win streak, and coupled with Boston's win earlier Sunday that moved the Bruins to 92 points, Ottawa (91 points) moved into the final wild card. With the loss to the Rangers, it's now mathematically impossible for the Flyers to tie the Senators with three games remaining.

The Flyers didn't go quietly, scoring two goals in the final 2:06 to erase a 4-1 deficit with extra attackers.

The Rangers had lost eight consecutive games on home ice.

Anthony Stolarz, who was previously unbeaten, was in goal on back-to-back nights for the Flyers against Henrik Lundqvist.

The Rangers erased an early 1-0 second-period deficit with two goals in a little over three minutes against a Flyers squad that seemed gassed. 

Notable goals

A terrific pass from Mats Zuccarello to break Brendan Smith free up the ice on Stolarz, as Smith went forehand to backhand and up and under the crossbar for a 2-1 Rangers lead in the second period. 

Goalie report

Stolarz was sharp early in the game off some jumpy pucks and shots generated off Flyers' turnovers. He collapsed under the weight of defensive turnovers in front of him in the third period. He allowed four goals on 24 shots. 

Power play

Can't figure out how "Mr. Power-Play Goal" Brayden Schenn drilled the crossbar sitting just outside the paint in the first period. That's a goal for everybody.

The Flyers were 0 for 3 on the man advantage.

Penalty kill

A very aggressive job by Flyers the at the start. Andrew MacDonald's turnover on the Rangers' second chance led directly to a goal by Mika Zibanejad, making it a 1-1 game. The Rangers were 1 for 4 on the power play.

Scratches

Forwards Matt Read (broken right arm), Roman Lyubimov (healthy), Michael Raffl (left knee), Mike Vecchione (healthy) and Nick Cousins (concussion); defenseman Radko Gudas (concussion); goalie Michal Neuvirth (sinus infection/chest cold).

Up next
The Flyers are off on Monday and will meet the Devils on Tuesday in New Jersey.

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