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Rick Nash’s shot wide of the net deflected off the bottom of Emery’s glove, and Stepan shoveled the puck in for a 1-0 lead only 3:54 into the game.

St. Louis made it 2-0 midway through the period with a sharp deflection off Girardi’s shot from the blue line. The Rangers had two goals on eight shots.

Emery settled down and the Flyers finally generated some offensive pressure, even as leading scorer Claude Giroux failed to get going.

Giroux, third in the NHL with 86 points, had not shots on goal in the first two games and didn’t get one in the first period. He did rush the net late in the first, creating space for Streit to score over Lundqvist’s stick on a 4-on-4 chance.

Giroux finally attempted a shot about 6½ minutes into the second period and the Flyers down 3-1. The captain clearly needs to start scoring for the Flyers to win the series. He’s not alone.

“We have to get the pucks through, even move it sideways,” Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen said. “We have to watch tape and find a way to get them through. We have to find a way to move it around quicker.”

Girardi fired a clean slapper high from the point over Emery’s left shoulder for that 3-1 lead early in the second.

Down two goals, Jakub Voracek took out some pent-up frustration on Carl Hagelin with a flurry of punches that sent both players to the penalty box and sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Carcillo went after Giroux in the scrum, giving the Flyers the added bonus of a power play. But the Rangers blocked two shots on the power play.

The Rangers closed off the shooting lanes with 20 blocked shots through the first two periods. Lundqvist took care of the rest.

“It’s just a matter if the D is getting involved in the play, and it doesn’t matter if it’s me or anyone else,” Girardi said.

Carcillo sealed the win with a goal soon after he left the penalty box in the third.

Notes: St. Louis had one goal in 19 regular-season games for the Rangers. He has two in the first three playoff games. … Flyers defensemen have three goals in three games. … NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attended. He said the league was close to announcing the teams in next season’s Winter Classic and the league would not stage six outdoor games. He also said Islanders owner Charles Wang has received “a number of expressions of interest” in buying the Brooklyn-bound team.