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NEW YORK -- In a preview of a potential first-round Eastern Conference playoff series, the New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers (41-29-4) won their fifth consecutive games. They are in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 86 points. The Flyers (38-27-7) are third in the division with 83 points.

New York received goals from right wing Derek Dorsett, defenseman Ryan McDonagh and center Dominic Moore.

Right wing Jakub Voracek scored his 21st goal for the Flyers late in the third period.

The Rangers have outscored the Flyers 31-9 in the past nine meetings at Madison Square Garden.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, making his seventh straight start, stopped 30 shots. He improved to 27-13-3 in his career against the Flyers.

Philadelphia goalie Steve Mason turned away 26 shots.

Moore gave the Rangers some breathing room with his sixth goal of the season at 7:39 of the third period. He sent a 30-foot knuckler that dribbled through Mason's pads for a 3-0 cushion.

The red-hot McDonagh provided the Rangers with a 2-0 advantage at 5:34 of the second period. The defenseman patiently skated in from the blue line, then sent a wrist shot for his 14th goal of the season and seventh point in his past five games.

Defensemen scored three of the Rangers' past five goals.

Lundqvist was superb in the second period, stopping left winger Michael Raffl on the right doorstep, then diving across the crease to stop right winger Adam Hall's attempt on the rebound. Lundqvist stopped 10 shots in the period.

Some good forechecking gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 8:21 of the first period. Mason attempted to clear the puck around the far boards from behind his net, but the puck was picked off by Rangers fourth line center Brian Boyle, who dumped it in front of the net. Dorsett flipped the bouncing puck with his backhand for his fourth goal of the season.

Philadelphia outshot the Rangers 15-6 in the first period, 31-29 for the game.

NOTES: The Rangers were without LW Chris Kreider and D John Moore, who were sidelined with hand and head injuries, respectively. ... RW Martin St. Louis, scoreless in his first 11 games since coming over to the Rangers in a March 5 trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning, replaced Kreider on the first line. ... The Rangers recalled C J.T. Miller from AHL Hartford. ... Going into Wednesday's game, the Flyers featured three players with at least 100 penalty minutes -- C Zac Rinaldo (130), RW Steve Downie (106) and RW Wayne Simmonds (104). ... Philadelphia led the NHL in penalty minutes with an average of 15.1 a game. ... New York's next four games are all on the road, where it is 23-13-0 this season.
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