The Philadelphia Flyers did not get the playoffs started how they envisioned on Thursday night.
The New York Rangers 4-1 victory in Game 1 was a showcase in how to totally neutralize the Flyers. After allowing the first goal of the game, the Rangers came back to score four unanswered and pretty much stymie the Flyers offense.
The big men stepped up for New York in Game 1. Brad Richards scored a goal and dished out two assists. Martin St. Louis added two assists. The Rangers regular season leader in points, Mats Zuccarello, got New York on the board in the first period. Derek Stepan netted the insurance goal for the Rangers. Even Carl Hagelin scored for New York.
They got what they needed. The Flyers did not.
From the Philadelphia perspective, the loss can be boiled down to three things.