Carcillo, Lundqvist lift Rangers over Flyers in Game 7 and into 2nd round against Penguins

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New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello (36) and Derick Brassard (16) celebrate a goal by Benoit Pouliot during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Carcillo and Benoit Pouliot scored second-period goals, and the New York Rangers advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 on Wednesday night.

The Rangers shook off a 5-2 thrashing in Philadelphia on Tuesday and knocked out the Flyers about 24 hours later, improving to 6-0 in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden. New York will face another Metropolitan Division rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in the next round starting on Friday.

Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves, allowing only a third-period goal to Jason Akeson 4:32 into the final frame. He protected the one-goal lead at 7:25 when he made an awkward save against Flyers captain Claude Giroux.

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