The New York Rangers held on for a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, winning the series 4-3.
With the win, the Rangers advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals where they’ll face another division rival—the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Rangers used a dominant second period, in which they outshot the Flyers 18-5, to get both of their goals.
Daniel Carcillo, an ex-Flyer who has been a thorn in their side all series and was returned to the lineup on Wednesday after missing the last two games, got the Blueshirts on the board first, scoring just seconds after returning from serving a bench minor for too many men on the ice.
Benoit Pouliot struck just under eight minutes later, also after returning from the penalty box, to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead.
Flyers goalie Steve Mason spent much of the second under siege, making 16 stops, many of which could easily have extended the Philadelphia deficit.
Philadelphia got a quick goal to start the third from Jason Akeson to cut the lead in half, and despite playing much of the third period in the Rangers zone, they couldn’t find the equalizer.
The Rangers won’t have much time to savor this victory. They head to Pittsburgh tomorrow to begin preparations for the next round, which begins on Friday.