Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Brad Richards, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin all scored in the third period to lift the New York Rangers past the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first-round playoff series Thursday night.
The game was tied at one apiece with 12:25 left in the third period when Flyers center Jason Akeson was called for a four-minute double minor for high-sticking. The Rangers capitalized with Richards and Stepan scoring 47 seconds apart.
Philadelphia actually took an early 1-0 lead when Andrew Macdonald's slap shot found the back of the Rangers' net at the 7:28 mark of the first period. But just minutes later New York answered back when Mats Zuccarello backhanded his own rebound past Flyers' goalie Ray Emery.
Emery, who was filling in for the injured Steve Mason, made 32 saves in the loss. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 14 of the 15 shots he saw in the win.
The Flyers still haven't won a game at Madison Square Garden since March 6, 2011.
Game 2 is Sunday in New York. The puck is scheduled to drop at noon.
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