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Flyers force tonight's Game 7

Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, top, celebrates his third goal of the game against the Rangers with Claude Giroux.

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Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, top, celebrates his third goal of the game against the Rangers with Claude Giroux.

PHILADELPHIA — Wayne Simmonds and the Flyers are going back to New York for Game 7. There is no time to waste, either.

Simmonds had three goals and Steve Mason stopped 34 shots Tuesday night to lead Philadelphia past the Rangers 5-2 to even their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at three.

The decider is tonight at Madison Square Garden.

"You've got to hop on the train and put it behind you. I've got a few episodes of Scandal to catch up on," Mason said.

Simmonds scored in the first period and twice more in the second for his first postseason hat trick. Mason survived a busy first period and stopped 31 straight shots until the third, by which time Philly was up 4-0.

"We're not ready to go home yet," Simmonds said.

With a short break, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 19 of 23 shots, was yanked for Cam Talbot to open the third period.

"It was one of those nights where we just couldn't execute," Rangers center Brad Richards said. "…You have to move on quick."

The only Game 7 between the rivals was on May 5, 1974, when the Flyers won 4-3 in the semifinals on their way to winning their first Stanley Cup.

Also, Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann had surgery to repair tendon damage in his right ankle suffered in Game 4. He could miss up to 10 weeks.

at Flyers 1 3 1 5
Rangers 0 0 2 2

First1, Philadelphia, Simmonds 2 (Hartnell, Giroux), 7:08 (pp). PenaltiesPouliot, NYR (holding), 5:23; Coburn, Phi (cross-checking), 8:52.

Second2, Philadelphia, Simmonds 3 (B.Schenn), 1:32. 3, Philadelphia, Gustafsson 1 (Coburn), 14:17. 4, Philadelphia, Simmonds 4 (Voracek, Giroux), 15:19 (pp). PenaltiesCouturier, Phi (hooking), 6:10; Gustafsson, Phi (high-sticking), 12:11; Dorsett, NYR (tripping), 14:28; Simmonds, Phi (roughing), 19:57.

Third5, N.Y. Rangers, Hagelin 2 (Stralman, Richards), 13:26. 6, Philadelphia, Giroux 2, 15:49 (en). 7, N.Y. Rangers, Zuccarello 2 (Pouliot, Miller), 19:03. PenaltiesDorsett, NYR (diving), 2:06; Hartnell, Phi (cross-checking), 2:06; MacDonald, Phi (hooking), 7:37; Zuccarello, NYR (roughing), 9:27; Boyle, NYR, major (fighting), 18:23; Hall, Phi, major (fighting), 18:23; Simmonds, Phi, misconduct, 19:03. ShotsN.Y. Rangers 13-10-13—36. Philadelphia 13-10-6—29. Power playsN.Y. Rangers 0 of 5; Philadelphia 2 of 3. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 3-3-0 (23 shots-19 saves), Talbot (0:00 third, 5-5). Philadelphia, Mason 2-1-0 (36-34). A20,137 (19,541). T2:37.

Late Monday: The Kings became the ninth team to force a Game 7 after losing the first three games, defeating the visiting Sharks 4-1. Justin Williams scored the go-ahead goal with 8:04 left, squeezing the puck in as Sharks goalie Alex Stalock tried to cover it.

Panthers fire coach: The Panthers fired Peter Horachek, who was the interim coach after replacing Kevin Dineen on Nov. 8. Florida went 26-36-4 under Horachek. General manager Dale Tallon said the team wants to make a hire before the draft in late June.

Playoffs

East

Penguins 4, Jackets 2

Game 1: Penguins 4, Jackets 3

Game 2: Jackets 4, Penguins 3 2 OT

Game 3: Penguins 4, Jackets 3

Game 4: Jackets 4, Penguins 3 OT

Game 5: Penguins 3, Jackets 1

Game 6: Penguins 4, Jackets 3

Rangers 3, Flyers 3

Game 1: Rangers 4, Flyers 1

Game 2: Flyers 4, Rangers 2

Game 3: Rangers 4, Flyers 1

Game 4: Flyers 2, Rangers 1

Game 5: Rangers 4, Flyers 2

Tuesday: Flyers 5, Rangers 2

Tonight: at New York, 7, NBCSN

Bruins 4, Red Wings 1

Canadiens 4, Lightning 0

West

Avalanche 3, Wild 3

Game 1: Avalanche 5, Wild 4 OT

Game 2: Avalanche 4, Wild 2

Game 3: Wild 1, Avalanche 0 OT

Game 4: Wild 2, Avalanche 1

Game 5: Avalanche 4, Wild 3 OT

Game 6: Wild 5, Avalanche 2

Tonight: at Colorado, 9:30, CNBC

Sharks 3, Kings 2

Game 1: Sharks 6, Kings 3

Game 2: Sharks 7, Kings 2

Game 3: Sharks 4, Kings 3 OT

Game 4: Kings 6, Sharks 3

Game 5: Kings 3, Sharks 0

Game 6: Kings 4, Sharks 1

Tonight: at San Jose, 10, NBCSN

Ducks 4, Stars 2

Blackhawks 4, Blues 2

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