New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello (36) and Derick Brassard (16) celebrate a goal by Benoit Pouliot during the second period in Game 7 against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wednesday in New York. ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK — 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 Pittsburgh in the next round starting Friday.
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves, allowing only a third-period goal to Jason Akeson 3:32 into the final frame. He protected the one-goal lead at 7:25 when he made an awkward save against Flyers captain Claude Giroux.
The Rangers mobbed Lundqvist after the final buzzer, while the Flyers consoled their goalie Steve Mason.
Mason, who didn't start until Game 4 because of injury, was sharp in stopping 31 shots, but he couldn't will his club to a complete comeback after the Flyers fell into a 3-2 series hole. The Flyers dropped to 9-7 in Game 7 after winning their previous three.
No team won consecutive games in the series. The Rangers, who finished two points ahead of Philadelphia during the regular season, made the most of their home-ice advantage by taking three of the four games in the Garden.
DEVILS/JAGR: Jaromir Jagr has decided to remain with New Jersey for another year.
The Devils did not release terms of the one-year deal. The contract is believed to be worth $6 million with incentives.
Jagr, 42, was the team’s leading scorer this season, finishing with 24 goals and 43 assists for 67 points. He has 705 goals and 1,050 assists in 20 seasons.