Lundqvist was the beneficiary of a three-goal lead that was trimmed to two when the Philadelphia Flyers got their power play to work in the closing seconds of the middle period. But the Rangers kept it together in the third, withstood a late surge, and pushed the Flyers to the brink of elimination with a 4-2 victory Sunday.
“The biggest part to me was to calm down and not be too upset about it,” Lundqvist said of Vinny Lecavalier’s goal with 32.6 seconds left that made it 3-1. “It is really frustrating to sit here when you give up a goal like that late in the period.
“It was just about letting it go and being focused on the right things going into the third.”
Brad Richards and Dominic Moore scored in the second to make it 3-0. Lundqvist stopped 24 shots and didn’t face more than 10 in any period. The only other puck that got past him was Claude Giroux’s goal with 1:29 left after the Flyers pulled goalie Steve Mason.
Defenseman Marc Staal gave the Rangers the lead in the first, and Brian Boyle ended the drama with an empty-net goal with 15 seconds remaining. Moore helped seal the win when he raced up ice to negate an icing call and fed Boyle.
The teams have alternated wins this series.
“We took back the advantage, and we have to win one now,” Richards said. “We put ourselves in a good position. We were in control for most of the game. They got a little sneaky there at the end.”
“As you go through a series, you have to keep elevating your game because the other side will,” Rangers forward Martin St. Louis said. “I thought we did that, and we got rewarded.”
“We’re playing well,” Giroux said. “It’s a tough building to play in. Game 6 is going to be huge. We are not looking at it like it’s our last game of the season. We’ve come back all season long when it matters, and we’re going to stay confident.”
Philadelphia is 7-10 in Game 6 when trailing 3-2.