NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers got second-period goals from Daniel Carcillo and Benoit Pouliot to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference First Round series on Wednesday.
The Rangers advance to the second round, where they'll face the Pittsburgh Penguins. The best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series will open in Pittsburgh. The Rangers split four games against the Penguins in the regular season, winning once in Pittsburgh and once in New York.
New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 of 27 shots Wednesday. The Rangers are 6-0 in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers led 2-0 heading into the third period, but Akeson got the Flyers within one when he scored his second of the postseason at 4:32. Akeson carried the puck into the right circle and fired a shot that was blocked by Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. The puck came right back to Akeson, who beat Lundqvist.
That was as close as the Flyers could get despite spending large portions of the third period in the New York end and outshooting the Rangers 11-5 in the final 20 minutes.
Carcillo, inserted back into the lineup in place of J.T. Miller after being a healthy scratch in Games 5 and 6, opened the scoring at 3:06 of the second period. Mats Zuccarello got the puck down low on the right side of the Philadelphia zone. He twisted away from Flyers forwardSean Couturier and made a backhand pass through the crease past two Philadelphia defenders to Carcillo, who one-timed it past Mason for his second of the postseason.
Pouliot made it 2-0 at 11:46 of the second when he scored his second of the playoffs. Anton Stralman dumped the puck into the right corner in the Philadelphia end. Derick Brassard got it and spotted Pouliot stepping away from coverage in the middle by Couturier and found him with a quick pass that Pouliot one-timed past Mason.
The Rangers had other chances in the second when they outshot the Flyers 18-5, but Mason again was Philadelphia's top player. He was at his best when he defused a 3-on-1 New York rush with 12:20 left. He did the splits to get his left pad on a shot by Martin St. Louis from the right side then got across to stop Ryan McDonagh on the post on the left side with 12:20 left in second.
The Flyers' best chance of the second period came with four minutes left when Jakub Voracekset up Claude Giroux right in front of Lundqvist but his shot went high over the net. Philadelphia managed one shot on each of their two second-period power plays.
The Flyers had an 11-10 edge in first-period shots but the Rangers had the better chances.
The best came with 3:57 remaining when Philadelphia defenseman Braydon Coburn attempted to pass to Brayden Schenn to start a breakout from the Flyers zone but the pass was behind Schenn and Rick Nash jumped on it. He fired a quick shot from between the circles that Mason knocked away with his glove. St. Louis got the rebound in the right corner, but Mason gloved his shot to end the threat.
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