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NEW YORK -- So much for Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery being considered a backup.

The 31-year-old veteran stopped 31 shots to lead Philadelphia to a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers in the quarterfinals of the Eastern Conference playoffs at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

The win evened the series at 1-1 and represented the Flyers' first win at the Garden since Feb. 20th, 2011, a losing streak of nine games.

Emery, who won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks last season, recorded his 21st playoff win. He registered 20 wins with the Ottawa Senators.

Henrik Lundqvist recorded 21 saves for the Rangers.

Emery was making his first back-to-back start this season, filling in for Steve Mason, who remained out with an upper body injury. After Saturday's practice, Philadelphia coach Craig Berube would not commit if Mason would start Game 3 in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Philadelphia fell behind 2-0, then scored four unanswered goals.

Appearing in just his second playoff game, defenseman Luke Schenn gave the Flyers the game-deciding goal in the second period. He scored on a delayed penalty off the backhand at 11:18 of the second period, snapping a 2-2 tie.

Philadelphia right wing Jason Akeson atoned for his costly double-minor penalty in Game 1 that led to a pair of New York goals, by scoring a power play goal at 5:45 of the second period that tied it at 2-2.

Philadelphia right winger Wayne Simmonds scored an empty net goal late in the third period.

The Flyers killed off two penalties in the second period, including a 4-on-3 for 1:42, limiting New York to only one shot on goal.

The Rangers led 2-1 after a first period in which there were more combined hits (23) than shots on goal (17).

The Flyers got on the board after New York scored twice in under 10 minutes.

Right wing Jakub Voracek skated into the Rangers' zone on the backhand, then put the puck on the forehand over a sliding Lundqvist at 14:14 of the first period. Left wing Scott Hartnell set the goal up by chipping the puck up to Voracek from inside the Philadelphia blue line.

Left wing Benoit Pouliot's power play goal at 8:22 gave the Rangers a 2-0 advantage. Pouliot accepted center Derick Brassard's cross-ice pass in the Flyers zone, scoring from one knee inside the right circle. Flyers center Sean Couturier was called for roughing to set up the Rangers' man advantage.

Philadelphia, the league's most penalized team this season, committed three penalties in the first period after getting whistled for six infractions in Game 1.

Martin St. Louis' 34th career playoff goal at 4:08 in the first period provided the Rangers with a 1-0 lead. The right wing took a feed from center Derek Stefan and sent a one-timer from the right faceoff circle for his third point of the series.

NOTES: Flyers C Claude Giroux, RW Wayne Simmonds and RW Jacob Voracek were held pointless and limited to just two shots on goal, both by Simmonds, in Game 1. ... Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist is eighth among active goalies with 31 wins and is second on the list with eight shutouts. ... G Cal Heeter served as Ray Emery's backup in the Flyers' net. ... The Flyers' 15 shots on goal in Game 1 were their fewest in the playoffs since they recorded 14 against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2008.

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