Ice Hockey - Rangers through after series win over Flyers

The New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in Game Seven at Madison Square Garden to win their first-round play-off series.

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Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) shakes hands with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Reuters)

Rangers 2, Flyers 1

The Rangers, who are now 6-0 in Game Sevens on home ice, will face Pittsburgh in the next round. The Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round.

Benoit Pouliot and Daniel Carcillo scored in the second period for the Rangers.

Carcillo, known more for his toughness than his goal scoring, had not skated in the series since Game Four. In 40 career play-off games he accumulated 81 penalty minutes and seven goals.

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots in gaining his 34th playoff victory. Steve Mason recorded 31 saves in the losing effort for the Flyers.

Jason Akeson struck for the Flyers in the third period to cut the Rangers lead to 2-1 but they were unable to find the equaliser.

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Kings 5, Sharks 1

Los Angeles became only the fourth team in NHL history to win a play-off series after dropping the first three games with a win over the San Jose Sharks.

The Kings, who joined the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, the '75 New York Islanders and '10 Philadelphia Flyers with the ultimate comebacks, advance to meet the Anaheim Ducks in an all-Southern California second-round match-up that will start Saturday in Anaheim.

Meanwhile, San Jose saw a second straight season end at the hands of the Kings during a seven-game series.

Los Angeles' Tyler Toffoli scored 4:40 into the third period to give the visitors a two-goal lead. Tanner Pearson drove the boards, drawing two Sharks defensemen toward him, then dished to Toffoli, who went top shelf on Sharks goalie Antti Niemi.

Los Angeles wingers Dustin Brown and Pearson scored empty-net goals late.

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Wild 5, Avalanche 4 (Overtime)

Minnesota right winger Nino Niederreiter scored 5:02 of overtime and the Wild rallied late and beat the Colorado Avalanche in Game Seven of their first-round play-off series.

It was Niederreiter's second goal of the game, and it came on a 2-on-1 break right after the Avalanche had a chance at the other end.

It was the fourth overtime game of the series and the first win for the road team. The Wild move on to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the conference semi-finals.

In a back and forth affair, Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon scored with 2:27 left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley also scored regulation goals for the Wild.

Paul Stastny, defenseman Nick Holden and Jamie McGinn scored in regulation for the Avalanche.

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