Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rangers' Early Lead Stands Up

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rangers' Early Lead Stands Up

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PHILADELPHIA -- Lesson learned.

Once again, the Rangers forged an early two-goal lead then lost momentum. This time, though, Dan Girardi netted the timely, key goal and the Rangers went on to a 4-1 win over the Flyers on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Game 4 is Friday night.

This game started with a similar script to the Rangers' 4-2 loss in Sunday's Game 2 at Madison Square Garden, as they blew a two- goal lead. In both games, the Flyers closed to 2-1 after the first period.

"We were up 2-0 there," Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello said of Game 2, "and we kind of got a little cautious."

Instead in Game 3, the Rangers weathered the Flyers' momentum, in a large part thanks to Henrik Lundqvist (31 saves), who stopped the last 22 shots he faced. Marty St. Louis had a goal and an assist and Rick Nash had two assists.

And in the third period, it was Dan Carcillo, playing his first game of the series, who clinched it.

Carcillo made it 4-1 at 10:53 as he came out of the penalty box and tipped in Brian Boyle's shot. It was the end of an eventful sequence for the longtime agitator.

At 6:19 of the third period, Matt Read extended his arm as he skated past Carcillo in the neutral zone - it was tough to tell if it was intentional - leaving Carcillo dazed on the ice for a couple of minutes. Carcillo didn't miss a shift but vehemently argued his hooking call against Read at 8:36 as he poked the puck away in the Rangers' zone off a turnover.

Ray Emery allowed four goals on 20 shots before Steve Mason, who missed four games with a suspected concussion, replaced him at 12:45. Mason will likely start Game 4.

With the series growing increasingly chippy through the first two games, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault inserted Carcillo, a gritty veteran, and put him in rookie Jesper Fast's spot on Brad Richards' line with Carl Hagelin. …

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