Stepan Leads Rangers Past Flyers 3-1 | NBC New York

Stepan Leads Rangers Past Flyers 3-1



    Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath fights with Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds during the first period. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Derek Stepan scored twice in the third period to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night.

    Derick Brassard scored early and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots as the Rangers improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games. They also beat the Flyers at home for the 11th time in 12 games.

    Brayden Schenn spoiled Lundqvist's shutout with 9.7 seconds left in the third period with his 16th goal of the season, but the Flyers lost for the fifth time in six games. Steve Mason finished with 27 saves.

    The game was tense early as Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath and the Flyers' Wayne Simmonds fought 39 seconds into the game. The Rangers made it known they would avenge a punch by Simmonds to the jaw of Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh when the teams met in Philadelphia on Feb. 6. McDonagh has been out of action since with a concussion, missing four games so far.

    Twenty seconds later, Rangers forward Tanner Glass and the flyers' Ryan White tangled at center ice in a lengthy bout. 

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