Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Rangers oust Flyers

NEW YORK — Daniel Carcillo provided the burst of energy the Rangers were counting on in Game 7. The big goal was quite a bonus.

Carcillo gave the Rangers the lead with the first of their two second-period goals, and Henrik Lundqvist did just enough to hold off the Flyers and send New York into the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 2-1 win on Wednesday night.

The Rangers face the Penguins in the next round beginning Friday.

Carcillo was added to the lineup after he sat out the previous two games, and the move paid dividends. He turned a crisp pass into his second goal of the series at 3:06 of the middle frame.

"When you're in, you try to do something to stay in, whether it be offensively or bring a lot of energy," Carcillo said. "That's just what I was trying to do every time I was in this series."

Benoit Pouliot stretched the Rangers' lead to 2-0, and Lundqvist made it stand up with a 26-save effort one night after New York was beaten 5-2 in Philadelphia to set up the decisive Game 7.

"No one was jittery. We all knew what to do," Carcillo said. "On this team, no one was shying away from the big stage."

Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who didn't start until Game 4 because of a concussion he admitted to after the game Wednesday, was sharp in stopping 31 shots. But Philadelphia couldn't complete the comeback after falling behind 3-2 in the series.

"Game 7, lose 2-1, it doesn't get any closer than that," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. "We did a good job staying in the battle. We have a lot of character in this room, and for a young team, I think it's great. This is only going to make us stronger."

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 four in Madison Square Garden.

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First PeriodNone. PenaltiesRinaldo, Phi (interference), 10:43.

Second Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Carcillo 2 (Zuccarello, Klein), 3:06. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Pouliot 2 (Brassard, Stralman), 11:46. PenaltiesNew York bench, served by Carcillo (too many men), :39; Pouliot, NYR (goaltender interference), 8:37.

Third Period3, Philadelphia, Akeson 2 (Coburn, Read), 4:32. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalPhiladelphia 11-5-11—27. N.Y. Rangers 10-18-5—33. Power-play opportunitiesPhiladelphia 0 of 2; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 1. GoaliesPhiladelphia, Mason 2-2-0 (33 shots-31 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 4-3-0 (27-26).

Around the league: Jaromir Jagr, who turns 43 in February, signed a one-year deal to remain with the Devils for a second season. The deal is worth $3.5 million and could hit $6 million with incentives, media reports said. "I was happy being here," said Jagr, who could have been a free agent in July and will play his 21st NHL season. "If I'm happy, then there's no reason to go anywhere else."… Jagr, the Hurricanes' Manny Malhotra and the Rangers' Dominic Moore are the finalists for the Masterton Trophy, given to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner will be announced June 24. … John Tortorella will be fired as Canucks coach today, Canada's TSN TV network reported.

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