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Avery, Betts power Rangers past Flyers

Apr 13, 2009 - 1:08 AM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Flyers' blown third-period lead cost them a win and a stay at home.

Jeff Carter, Danny Briere and the rest of the Flyers are packing their bags for Pittsburgh for the first round of the playoffs.

Sean Avery and Blair Betts scored third-period goals to rally the New York Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Sunday, spoiling Philadelphia's shot at home-ice advantage against Pittsburgh in its opening playoff series.

"We were going to have to play there at some point anyway," Briere said. "If we get to a Game 7, we'll talk it about if we get there."

The Flyers (99 points) needed only a point in the finale to secure the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and home ice in the best-of-seven series with Pittsburgh. Instead, the rematch from last season's conference finals will start in Pittsburgh. The Flyers went 2-2-2 against the No. 4 seed Penguins and three of the games were decided by one goal.

"I think this group has always found a way to do it the hard way, but they have always found a way to do it," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "It's an exciting matchup with great young players on both teams and great stories throughout the year on both teams."

The Rangers are the No. 7 seed and have a first-round matchup with Southeast Division champion Washington.

New York already knew its seed and matchup, and gamely tried to send the Flyers packing for Pittsburgh. Avery tied it at 3 on a slap shot past Martin Biron early in the third, with the goal announcement drowned out by boos and derogatory chants aimed at the instigator.

Only minutes later, Betts took the loose puck and scored his sixth goal midway through the period for a 4-3 lead. The Flyers pressured Henrik Lundqvist the rest of the way. They couldn't get that crucial tying goal and the angry crowd booed as the Flyers skated off the ice.

Avery tangled with Scott Hartnell near the benches at the end of the game.

"We talked about it before the game about going into the playoffs winning a few games in a row, feeling really good about ourselves, and a win on the road," Lundqvist said. "It's a lot of good things."

The Flyers won 20 games on the road this season and reached the Eastern Conference finals last year without home ice in either of their three series. Still, all they needed was a tie against the Rangers to maybe make the championship road a bit easier.

"We should have had the mentality of going out there and get a two-goal lead or three-goal lead," Briere said. "We just sat back and waited to see what was going to happen."

Carter capped a career season with his 46 goals, second only to Washington's Alex Ovechkin's 56 in the NHL. He enters the postseason on a sizzling hot streak with five goals and eight points in his last six games and a point in 10 of his last 14 games.

He won a four-player fight for the puck along the boards, skated into the circle and whizzed the puck past Lundqvist for a 2-1 lead in the second period.

Carter should be happy to see the Penguins on the playoff bracket: He has three goals and eight points against them this season.

Brandon Dubinsky scored two goals for the Rangers and spoiled Philadelphia's season-long streak of not allowing a short-handed goal. His second goal of the game was short-handed, wrecking Philadelphia's shot of becoming the second team in NHL history to play an entire season without allowing one. The Flyers' streak of 103 straight games without surrendering a short-handed goal was the longest since Montreal went 122 games from March 1975 to November 1976.

Briere had an assist on Claude Giroux's ninth goal of the season in the first period, and scored one of his own off a deflection in the second to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead.

Dubinsky's first goal of the game came off on a fortuitous bounce. Derek Morris' shot from the blue line appeared to deflect off the skate of Flyers defenseman Matt Carle and scoot through Biron's legs and tie it 1-1.

"I thought we showed a lot of character by coming down here and winning this game," Rangers forward Markus Naslund said.

Stop that shot and maybe the Flyers are looking at overtime. Now they're looking at a trip to Pittsburgh.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY RANGERS 2 0 2 4
    PHILADELPHIA 2 1 0 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - CLAUDE GIROUX 9 (DANIEL BRIERE, ARRON ASHAM) 5:26
    NYR - (PP) BRANDON DUBINSKY 12 (DEREK MORRIS, NIKOLAI
    ZHERDEV) 8:07
    PHI - (PP) JEFF CARTER 46 (MATTHEW CARLE, MARTIN BIRON)
    12:36
    NYR - (SH) BRANDON DUBINSKY 1

    Apr 12 7:27 PM
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    Rangers 4, Flyers 3  3rd - 3:30Apr 12 7:17 PM
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    Rangers 4, Flyers 3  3rd - 7:15Apr 12 7:11 PM


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    NY RANGERS 4
    PHILADELPHIA 3
    3RD PRD: NYR - BLAIR BETTS 6 (AARON VOROS, WADE REDDEN) 9:00

    Rangers 4, Flyers 3  3rd - 11:00Apr 12 7:06 PM
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    Rangers 3, Flyers 3  3rd - 11:50Apr 12 7:04 PM


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    NY RANGERS 3
    PHILADELPHIA 3
    3RD PRD: NYR - SEAN AVERY 8 (SCOTT GOMEZ, MARKUS NASLUND) 4:35

    Rangers 3, Flyers 3  3rd - 15:25Apr 12 6:59 PM
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    Rangers 3, Flyers 3  3rd - 15:25Apr 12 6:59 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY RANGERS 2 0 2
    PHILADELPHIA 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - CLAUDE GIROUX 9 (DANIEL BRIERE, ARRON ASHAM) 5:26
    NYR - (PP) BRANDON DUBINSKY 12 (DEREK MORRIS, NIKOLAI
    ZHERDEV) 8:07
    PHI - (PP) JEFF CARTER 46 (MATTHEW CARLE, MARTIN BIRON)
    12:36
    NYR - (SH) BRAND

    Apr 12 6:33 PM


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    NY RANGERS 2
    PHILADELPHIA 3
    2ND PRD: PHI - DANIEL BRIERE 11 (ARRON ASHAM) 2:19

    Rangers 2, Flyers 3  2nd - 17:41Apr 12 6:04 PM


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    Ny Rangers
    2 --2
    Philadelphia 2 --2
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    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Philadelphia, Claude Giroux 9 (Daniel
    Briere, Arron Asham), 5:26. 2, Ny Rangers, Brandon Dubinsky 12 (power
    play) (Derek Morris, Nikolai Zherdev), 8:07. 3, Philadelphia, Jeff
    Carter 46 (power play) (Matthew Carle, Martin Biron), 12:36. 4, Ny
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    NY RANGERS 2
    PHILADELPHIA 2
    1ST PRD: NYR - (SH) BRANDON DUBINSKY 13 (UNASSISTED) 14:47

    Rangers 2, Flyers 2  1st - 5:13Apr 12 5:36 PM


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    NY RANGERS 1
    PHILADELPHIA 2
    1ST PRD: PHI - (PP) JEFF CARTER 46 (MATTHEW CARLE, MARTIN BIRON) 12:36

    Rangers 1, Flyers 2  1st - 7:24Apr 12 5:32 PM


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    NY RANGERS 1
    PHILADELPHIA 1 11:53 LEFT, 1ST PRD

    Rangers 1, Flyers 1  1st - 11:53Apr 12 5:23 PM


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    NY RANGERS 0
    PHILADELPHIA 1
    1ST PRD: PHI - CLAUDE GIROUX 9 (DANIEL BRIERE, ARRON ASHAM) 5:26

    Rangers 0, Flyers 1  1st - 14:34Apr 12 5:20 PM