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Rangers complete series comeback with Game 7 win

Brad Richards Brad Richards, center, celebrates his game-winning goal in Game 7.
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The Rangers rallied for their first-ever comeback from a 3-1 deficit and will be going to their second Eastern Conference finals in three years as a result.

New York got on the board first and held on to a one-goal lead in the final minutes to beat Pittsburgh, 2-1, Tuesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Brian Boyle got the game started on a positive note for New York with a goal just 5:05 into the game.

Jussi Jokinen, who has bedeviled the Rangers all series, evened things up at 1-1 4:15 into the second. But the Blueshirts finally broke through on the power play minutes later.

Martin St. Louis dug out a puck behind the net and fed it to a rushing Brad Richards, who finished in front of the net to give New York a 2-1 lead at 7:56 in the second.

It was Richards’ first goal of the series and just his second point after posting a team-leading seven points against the Flyers.

The Rangers won three straight after the sudden death of St. Louis’ mother last week.

“It been a tough couple days,” Henrik Lundqvist told NBC postgame. “There’s so many emotions right now. … We handled it the right way and we’re moving on to the next round.”

They will face the winner of the Bruins and Canadiens — who play in a Game 7 Wednesday night in Boston — in the Eastern Conference finals.

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

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