- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Never afraid to raise his fists, Dan Carcillo made his mark in the league as a puncher more than a postseason star.

Carcillo was a little of both for New York in Game 3.

Derek Stepan, Martin St. Louis, Dan Girardi and Carcillo scored goals, leading the Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Friday in Philadelphia.

Carcillo, a former Flyer, went eye to eye with a taunting fan after he scored an insurance goal in the third period. He had 100 penalty minutes and only four goals in the regular season - and wanted to prove he could do more than camp out in the penalty box.

“When you get pigeonholed into a role, it’s hard to change people’s minds in this league,” he said. “When you get in and you get an opportunity like this, you’ve got to make the most of it.”

Lundqvist was backed by a defense that blocked 28 shots to stymie the Flyers. The Rangers took an early 2-0 lead and that was enough of a cushion for a team that led the Eastern Conference with 25 road victories.

“You need to be strong in the middle,” Lundqvist said. “It was part of our defense tonight. That’s why we played so well. We got involved all over the ice.”

Mark Streit scored for the Flyers. Ray Emery struggled in net in his third straight start of the postseason for Steve Mason, and was lifted late in the third period.

While all signs point to Mason for Game 4, coach Craig Berube said he has not made a decision.

“I’ll be ready to go,” Mason said.

Mason hadn’t played since he suffered an upper-body injury in a collision on April 12. He got in this game with 7:15 left and the Flyers down 4-1.

Berube said Mason was healthy but went with Emery because of his strong first two games. Emery had 31 saves in a Game 2 win.

Ray just came off a big win. It’s not a difficult decision,” Berube said.

After a rough outing, it seemed liked the wrong one - right from the start.

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