Rangers edge Flyers in Game 7
NEW YORK — Daniel Carcillo and Benoit Pouliot scored second-period goals, and the Rangers advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the Flyers in Game 7 on Wednesday night.
The Rangers shook off a 5-2 thrashing in Philadelphia on Tuesday and knocked out the Flyers about 24 hours later, improving to 6-0 in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden. New York will face another Metropolitan Division rival, the Penguins, in the next round starting Friday.
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves, allowing only a third-period goal to Jason Akeson 3:32 into the final frame. He protected the one-goal lead at 7:25 when he made an awkward save against Flyers captain Claude Giroux.
The Rangers mobbed Lundqvist after the final buzzer, while the Flyers consoled their goalie Steve Mason.
Mason, who didn't start until Game 4 because of injury, was sharp in stopping 31 shots, but he couldn't will his club to a complete comeback after the Flyers fell into a 3-2 series hole. The Flyers dropped to 9-7 in Game 7 after winning their previous three.
No team won consecutive games in the series. The Rangers, who finished two points ahead of Philadelphia during the regular season, made the most of their home-ice advantage by taking three of the four games in the Garden.
Carcillo, reinserted into the Game 7 lineup, scored the all-important first goal 3:06 into the second off a picture-perfect pass from Mats Zuccarello.
Zuccarello threaded the puck with a behind-the-back feed from near the right circle between the legs of Flyers defensemen Andrew MacDonald and Braydon Coburn to Carcillo for the redirection into the net.
The Flyers couldn't capitalize on that two power plays in the second period in which they were outshot 18-5.
New York grabbed a 2-0 lead with 8:14 left in the second when Pouliot also turned a crisp pass into his second goal of the series.
Derick Brassard sent the puck from the right-wing boards into the slot and appeared to be aiming for defenseman Marc Staal, but Pouliot streaked down the middle, snared the puck and steered it past Mason to send the once-nervous crowd into a towel-waving frenzy.
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