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Simmonds sets up a decider

The Philadelphia Flyers took the NHL Eastern Conference play-off series against the New York Rangers to game seven after a 5-2 win.

Wayne Simmonds scored the only goal of the first period, struck again early in the second and completed his treble after team-mate Erik Gustafsson had also found the net.

Claude Giroux, who earlier had two assists, added a fifth goal sandwiched by consolations for New York's Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello.

The Rangers could not take advantage of their five power-plays, one of which saw them manage only one shot on goal, and have now failed on 20 in succession dating back to game two.

The result, the third time Philadelphia have come from behind in the series, means Wednesday night will witness three deciding games.

As well as the Flyers-versus-Rangers tussle, the Los Angeles Kings will bid to complete a comeback from 3-0 down against the San Jose Sharks, while the Colorado Avalanche host the Minnesota Wild and will look to complete a run of seven home wins in the series.