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Flyers beat Rangers, 5-2, to force a Game 7

SportsNHLPhiladelphia FlyersWayne SimmondsNew York RangersSteve MasonMats Zuccarello

PHILADELPHIA — Wayne Simmonds scored three goals and Steve Mason stopped 34 shots to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, forcing a decisive Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

The decisive game will be played Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Simmonds scored in the first period and twice more in the second for his first career postseason hat trick. Mason survived a busy first period and stopping 31 straight shots until Carl Hagelin scored late in the third. Mats Zuccarello also scored for New York in the final minute.

By the third, Simmonds had already helped stake the Flyers to a 4-0 lead and the outcome was a mere formality.

Erik Gustafsson also scored and Claude Giroux had an empty-netter for the Flyers, who will try for a second win in New York this series.

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