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NEW YORK (AP) - A train underneath Madison Square Garden was ready to take the Philadelphia Flyers to the next stop on their long road show.

Simon Gagne did his part to ensure the trip to Washington wouldn't be delayed.

The NHL's leading goal scorer needed only 7 seconds of overtime to lift the Flyers to a 4-3 victory against the New York Rangers on Thursday night. Philadelphia improved to 6-0-1 on its club-record, 11-game road swing.

Gagne's tally was the second-fastest in the history of NHL overtime and the quickest since the extra frame was changed in 1999 to feature four skaters per side. As far as Gagne could recall, his 28th goal of the season was his fastest to start a period.

``It would be fun to see,'' he said. ``I don't know how many seconds, but that was a quick one.''

Gagne took the puck after Peter Forsberg won the center-ice faceoff and skated to the right of goalie Kevin Weekes, beating him between the pads just off the short-side post.

``Sometimes you have that little hole for that little puck to go through,'' Gagne said.

Philadelphia defensemen Freddy Meyer and Kim Johnsson scored two of the Flyers' three power-play goals, and Antero Niittymaki made 31 saves. It was the 16th one-goal decision in 18 games for Philadelphia.

Martin Straka scored twice for the Rangers, who dropped their third straight in overtime.

``We got a point but we want to get two,'' said Jaromir Jagr, who assisted on both of Straka's goals.

The Flyers' power play that clicked only twice in a 35-chance stretch during the first six games of the trip connected on its only opportunity in the opening period. The unit then went 2-for-3 in the second as Philadelphia regained the lead.

The Flyers, who play the Capitals on Friday, have earned at least one point in 16 of 18 games (13-2-3). They lead the second-place Rangers by seven points in the Atlantic Division midway through the season.

Straka and Petr Prucha, both members of the Czech Republic Olympic team, scored first-period goals for the Rangers. Straka tied it with 5:07 left in regulation.

Johnsson got the Flyers even at 2 by skating the puck end to end. He faked Jed Ortmeyer to the ice at the red line and split between Dominic Moore and Fedor Tyutin down low before scoring his fourth goal to tie it 2-2 at 10:53 of the second period.

``The whole middle just kind of opened up and I had nothing else to do except skate down the middle,'' Johnsson said.

Gagne joked that he thought it was Forsberg who scored, then added that the rush reminded him of Bobby Orr.

``He told me that and that's a real compliment, too,'' Johnsson said. ``Those are pretty good players.''

Philadelphia netted its third power-play goal after a questionable tripping call against Tyutin, who appeared to strike the puck on Gagne's stick as he charged the net.

Meyer let go a shot from the blue line that struck Weekes in the mask. Brian Savage got a whack at the rebound, and New York's Michal Rozsival swept the puck in as he tried to clear it with 5:54 left in the period.

After Meyer scored on Philadelphia's first shot during a power play just 2:42 in, the Rangers responded with two goals to lead after the opening frame.

Straka tied it 1-1 by taking a perfect, long, lead pass from Jagr as he streaked up ice. He shook off Mike Rathje's hooks from behind and beat Niittymaki at 11:01.

Prucha put New York ahead 5:15 later after Chris Therien turned the puck over in his own end to Rozsival. The Rangers defenseman passed from the right half-boards into the slot to Prucha, who fired a shot through traffic and in for the 19th goal of his surprisingly productive rookie season.

New York's eighth-round pick in the 2002 draft was virtually unknown before the season started, yet he trails only highly touted Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and Marek Svatos among rookie goal scorers.

Weekes made 19 saves, but wanted another chance at the last shot he missed.

``It was my mistake,'' he said. ``I was anticipating him trying to go around me and instead he put it between my pads.''

Notes: Philadelphia didn't record its second shot until 9:42 elapsed. ... Johnsson was traded by the Rangers to the Flyers in the deal that brought Eric Lindros to New York. ... The teams, which hadn't met since New York won the season opener, will face off six more times. ... Toronto's Mats Sundin scored 6 seconds into overtime at St. Louis on Dec. 30, 1995, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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