NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round with a 2-1 win in Game 7 against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. The Metropolitan Division rivals were evenly matched in their first-round series, as evidenced by the fact that neither team was able to string together consecutive wins.
The Rangers won the odd-numbered games; the Flyers took the even-numbered ones. Momentum was never a factor from game to game: The Rangers' series-clinching win came 24 hours after a 5-2 loss in Philadelphia. But in the rematch at Madison Square Garden, they scored twice during a dominant second period and tightened up defensively in the third to win their fourth consecutive Game 7.
Here are five reasons why New York advanced: