The Flyers had one more trip to Madison Square Garden on tap.
The game was originally scheduled for April 1 and would have given the Flyers an opportunity to complete a four-game regular-season series sweep of the Rangers.
However, because of the coronavirus outbreak, which has suspended the 2019-20 NHL season, the Flyers remain 3-0-0 against New York.
So, we decided to give the Flyers their shot at a sweep on NHL 20 Thursday night as NBC Sports Philadelphia aired a simulation with the amazing trio of Jim Jackson, Keith Jones and Taryn Hatcher on the call.
The Flyers jumped all over the chance by racing out to a monstrous lead and holding on to beat the Rangers, 6-4. James van Riemsdyk was a force with four points (two goals, two assists), while Nicolas Aube-Kubel (one goal, one assist), Claude Giroux (two assists), Ivan Provorov (two assists) and Travis Sanheim (two assists) had multi-point efforts.
By the way, how about Jackson's setup? Outstanding.
Leading the way, van Riemsdyk scored a second-period goal and a first-period power play tally. He was in his office for both of them.
After his second marker, van Riemsdyk had the look of "another goal, not a big deal."
After van Riemsdyk's first-period goal, Giroux came in from the top rope on his celebration. Provorov, a little nervous.
During the third period, Tyler Pitlick punctuated the blowout by making it 6-1. His rebound goal was so powerful, it ripped through the net.
In the first period, Carter Hart weathered the storm as the Rangers were all over him.
The Flyers had a chance to strike first thanks to the 21-year-old goalie. Jakub Voracek did the honors for the orange and black by slinging home a rebound past Henrik Lundqvist.
The sequence all started off a nice play by Justin Braun. Voracek was all smiles and then did some visualizing on the bench.
There was a bold and daring Flyers fan at MSG. Let's hope he got home safely. He enjoyed his New York trip.
As the MSG public address announcer was announcing van Riemsdyk's first-period goal, the Flyers scored again with Scott Laughton ballooning the lead to 3-0.
We’re missing real hockey, but this simulated Laughton goal is pretty good, too. pic.twitter.com/U5zPikdVGA— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) April 9, 2020
After the Rangers responded, the Flyers answered right back courtesy of Aube-Kubel.
Is it just me or does Aube-Kubel look like a clean-cut Scott Hartnell in NHL 20?
Anyway, the Flyers led 4-1 at first intermission and 5-1 at second intermission.
Ryan Strome scored two of New York's goals and Artemi Panarin added one, but the Flyers stayed in control throughout.
Let's consider that a sweep.
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