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NEW YORK -- Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves to help the New York Rangers rout the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

Left wings Dan Carcillo and Rick Nash, center Derick Brassard and right wing Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers, who improved to 24-20-3 with their third straight win.

Philadelphia has dropped consecutive games and fell to 23-19-4.

Defenseman Mark Streit scored the lone goal for the Flyers. Goaltender Ray Emery made 31 saves.

Any sense of drama was extinguished in the opening 20 minutes.

Carcillo burned his former team for the game's first goal 2:14 into the first period. Carcillo, better known for his fistic abilities, found a loose puck in the low slot and lifted a backhander that eluded Emery.

It took Nash all of 28 seconds to double the lead. Nash skated through the slot untouched before whipping a wrist shot past Emery.

Brassard followed with his eighth of the season 7:18 after Nash's goal. Brassard one-timed a feed from right wing Mats Zuccarello that Emery did not have a chance to stop.

Kreider's 12th goal of the season with 6:28 left in the second put the game away for all intents and purposes. With the Rangers on the power play due to Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman's boarding penalty, Kreider carried the puck from the boards into the slot and flipped a shot that pinballed into the net.

The four-goal cushion was more than enough for Lundqvist, who yielded just Streit's sixth of the season with 13:11 left in regulation.

NOTES: Sunday night's game was the second of the season between the two Metropolitan Division rivals and the first at Madison Square Garden. The teams will play twice more, March 1 in Philadelphia and March 26 in New York. ... The Flyers entered the match having killed 22 straight power plays against in their last seven games. Philadelphia's 84.8 percent success rate on the penalty kill is fourth in the NHL. ... New York has scored five power-play goals in 14 opportunities with the man advantage in its previous four games. The Rangers are fifth in the NHL with a 21.3 percent success rate on the power play. ... Rangers C Derick Brassard came into the game having scored 14 of his 24 points on the power play. "I expect more from him 5-on-5 as far as generating offensive opportunities," New York coach Alain Vigneault said. "For some reason (on) the power play -- I don't know if it's the extra room, the extra time he might have -- he's moving the puck, finding the open man. If he can do that on the power play I'm hoping sooner or later that's going rub off 5-on-5, also."
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