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Rangers score 3 goals in 3rd period, 2 on power play, to beat Flyers 4-1 in series opener

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 9:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Rangers score 3 goals in 3rd period, 2 on power play, to beat Flyers 4-1 in series opener

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart in the third period, and the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-1 in the playoff opener on Thursday night to stretch their home-winning streak over the rival Flyers to nine games.

The teams were locked in a 1-1 tie when Jason Akeson — playing in just his third career NHL game — was given a double high-sticking penalty for clipping Rangers forward Carl Hagelin with 7:35 remaining.

New York quickly took advantage.

Richards gave the Rangers their first lead of the night when a rebound of Martin St. Louis' shot came to him, and he fired it in from the right circle, punctuating the moment with an emphatic fist pump at 8:22.

Richards and St. Louis hooked up again to help set up Stepan's insurance goal. New York worked the puck around the Philadelphia end, and Richards faked a drive. He instead sent a hard pass to Stepan for a shot into the open left side.

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