- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - While his teammates mobbed him after a late goal, Dan Carcillo trash-talked with Flyers fans through the glass before hitting the bench for a celebration.

One fan made an obscene gesture, but Carcillo wasn’t fazed in the least.

Derek Stepan, Martin St. Louis, Dan Girardi and Carcillo scored goals, leading the Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 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, briefly engaged a taunting fan after he scored an insurance goal in the third period.

“Nothing surprises me about this city and the way people act,” Carcillo said.

Known as “Car Bomb,” Carcillo 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.”

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. Lundqvist was backed by a defense that blocked 28 shots to stymie the Flyers.

“It’s a big part of the game right now to pay the price like that,” he said. “I think it brings a lot of energy to the group when you see a big block like that because every play matters right now.”

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 has not announced a decision.

“I’ll be ready to go,” Mason said.

Mason hadn’t played since a collision on April 12 left him with an upper-body injury. 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.

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