The series between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers felt, in a way, like your typical playoff series. It's not just because these are two storied and talented team. It was close, it was competitive, and it went down to the wire, with the Rangers finally taking the series in seven games after winning the final contest by a score of 2-1.
I was worried for the Flyers when Ray Emery had to start for them in net when the series began, but Philly managed to win game two, and Steve Mason did return, and play well. These teams exchanged victories, but the Rangers got that first win and, most importantly, got that last win. The series didn't have the big moments or the intrigue of other series, and there weren't as many storylines here, but it was still good hockey, and plenty interesting.
Henrik Lundqvist played well, but he has room for improvement, which is good considering the Rangers have to play the Penguins now. Then again, the Flyers are arguably just as good on offense as Pittsburgh is, and their goalie isn't as good as Mason, one could argue. Maybe the Rangers have gotten themselves a nice second-round matchup. Maybe my preseason Stanley Cup pick will come to fruition.
The Flyers made the ridiculous decision to fire Peter Laviolette only a few games into the season, but Craig Berube was fine, and Claude Giroux started scoring, and guys like Wayne Simmonds chipped in. This was a good team, but only one team could win this series. That ended up being the Rangers. Philly's only regret should be that Daniel Carcillo scored a couple big goals against them. That's a fate worse than death.