(PHILADELPHIA) — With his team’s season on the line, Wayne Simmonds stepped up big time. Simmonds scored three goals as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers 5-2 to even their first Eastern Conference playoff series at three games apiece.
Steve Mason stopped 34 shots for the Flyers, who forced a winner-take-all Game 7 on Wednesday night in New York.
“We’re not ready to go home yet,” Simmonds said.
Simmonds completed the hat trick with 4:41 remaining in the second period. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was pulled from the game for Cam Talbot after stopping only 19 of 23 shots.
“I already started thinking about (Game 7),” Lundqvist said. “You don’t want to analyze this too much. We have a Game 7 at home.”
Game 7 between the Rangers and Flyers is slated to start at 7:00 p.m. Eastern at Madison Square Garden.
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Jill Martin, CNN