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Rangers reclaim home ice with Game 3 road win over Flyers

The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period for the second straight game. This time, they held on.

Martin St. Louis Martin St. Louis now has five points (two goals, three assists) in the postseason.
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The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period for the second straight game. This time, they held on.

New York earned a 4-1 win over the Flyers in Game 3 to recapture home-ice advantage and take a 2-1 series lead.

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“You don’t really think about home ice or playing on the road; you just think about winning,” goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said. “Tonight we went in here, and we wanted to play a really strong game. We felt like we could play a little bit better than we did last game, and we needed everyone to step up, and we did as a group. It was a great team win.”

Martin St. Louis looked much more like the player he was for Tampa Bay than post-trade with his second postseason goal and an assist on Derek Stepan’s game-opening goal.

But just like Game 2 the Flyers pulled to within one goal late in the first period, this time on a score by former Islanders captain Mark Streit with 2:42 left in the period.

The Rangers settled in for the second period, adding to the lead on a goal by Dan Girardi. Daniel Carcillo added the final goal, moments after leaving the box on a questionable hooking penalty, with 10 minutes left in the game.

Lundqvist made 31 saves, while the defense killed all five Flyers power plays.

Game 4 is Friday night at 7 p.m. in Philadelphia.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.

 
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