Flyers vs. Rangers: Game 7 recap

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The Flyers' Jakub Voracek moves the puck against the Rangers' Ryan McDonagh. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Score: Rangers 2, Flyers 1

How it happened: The Rangers scored two goals in the second period and held on in the third to advance to the second round to play Pittsburgh.

Hero: Rangers' defense. New York blocked 22 shots and held Philly to just 27 shots on goal.

Goat: Defenseman Braydon Coburn struggled throughout the series, particularly in last night's game. He finished the series minus-6.

Home-ice advantage: The Rangers improved to 6-0 in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden. They are 7-5 all-time in Game 7s. The Flyers, meanwhile, fell to 9-7.

Carcillo strikes again: To the dismay of Philadelphia fans everywhere, ex-Flyer Dan Carcillo scored his second goal of the series early in the second period to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. It was Carcillo's fifth career goal against the Flyers in eight games, including the postseason. He also scored in Game 3.

On the board first: When the Rangers struck first in the second period, history was in their favor. Entering last night's trio of Game 7s, the team that scored first in a Game 7 held a 111-38 record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The kid can play: Considering he entered the postseason with two regular-season games of experience, Jason Akeson played a great series. The 23-year-old right wing scored his second goal of the postseason early in the third period and finished with three points.

More PKs: Although it didn't help them earn a win, the Flyers extended their streak of consecutive penalty kills to 21, a streak that dated to the orange and black's Game 2 win at MSG.

Up next: While the Rangers advanced to play the Penguins, the offseason officially commenced for the Flyers. Next up is the free-agency interview window from June 25-30, in which teams can talk to available players, and the NHL draft on June 27-28 at the Wells Fargo Center. Free agency begins July 1. Kimmo Timonen and Ray Emery are among the Flyers' unrestricted free agents.

Key stat: The Rangers outshot the Flyers by a blistering 18-5 in the second period and finished the series with a 221-179 edge.

Daily News' three stars

1. Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers: Bounced back from a poor performance in Game 4 and stopped 26 of 27 shots.

2. Steve Mason, Flyers: Kept the Flyers in the game and finished with 31 saves on 33 shots.

3. Benoit Pouliot, Rangers: Scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

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