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Lundqvist wins fifth in a row as Rangers take down Flyers in chippy affair

Derek Stepan scored twice as the Rangers defeated the Flyers 3-1 in a heated matchup that featured two fights in the opening minutes. Henrik Lundqvist had 21 saves and Mats Zuccarello had two assists.

Henrik Lundqvist is in the zone.

The 33-year-old won his fifth straight, as the Rangers defeated the Flyers 3-1 on Sunday night.

After a tough stretch in November and December, Lundqvist has been tough to beat in the last few games.

He’s allowed two goals or less in each of his last five contests.

It looked like Lundqvist was going to post a shutout in this one, but Brayden Schenn spoiled the party with 9.7 seconds remaining in the third period.

Rookie Shayne Gostisbehere picked up an assist on the Flyers’ only goal.

This game got off to a chippy start, as two fights broke out in the opening minutes.

--To watch Wayne Simmonds and Dylan McIlrath drop the gloves, click here.

--To watch Ryan White and Tanner Glass drop the gloves, click here.

After the rough stuff was over, it was the Rangers who took control of the game.

Derick Brassard opened the scoring at the 5:08 mark of the first period before Derek Stepan put the game out of reach by scoring twice in the third period.

Stepan’s first goal was also the 100th of his career:

The win gives the Rangers a five point cushion ahead of the New Jersey Devils for second place in the Atlantic Division.

The Flyers remain six points back of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

This was the first of five consecutive road games for Philadelphia.