The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers split the first two games of their Eastern Conference series at Madison Square Garden, and the Rangers were motivated to regain their home ice advantage in Game 3 when the action shifted to Philadelphia.
New York showed their eagerness to get the win by jumping out to an early two goal lead and never looking back.
The Rangers went on to earn the win and take a 2-1 series advantage by a score of 4-1.
Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis got the scoring started for the Rangers, before Mark Streit got the Flyers on the board in the final minutes of the first period. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, that was their best moment of the game while the Rangers continued to roll.
Dan Girardi added a goal for New York in the second period, before Daniel Carcillo was able to sneak the team’s fourth goal of the game past Ray Emery to take a commanding 4-1 lead midway through the final period.
Emery was pulled after giving the fourth quarter and placed Steve Mason on the ice.
Mason had missed the first two games due to an injury he suffered at the end of the regular season against the Pittsburgh Penguins, so the team was giving Mason a chance to get some ice time after receiving medical clearance so he would not be cold for Game 4 on Friday.