Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart in the third period to give the New York Rangers a 4-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers in the opening game of their National Hockey League playoff series.
Canada had just defeated the U.S. 1-0 to reach the gold-medal game in men’s hockey, and players quickly refocused on their real goal in Sochi -- becoming the first nation in 22 years to retain an Olympic championship.
New York Rangers teammates Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash filled their bags with hockey gear for their visit to the Sochi Olympics. Ray Castoldi, who also plays at Madison Square Garden, packed his keyboard.
Defending Olympic champion Canada got past Latvia to advance to the semifinals of the men’s ice hockey tournament in Sochi, where host Russia was ousted by Finland in the quarterfinals and failed to medal for the third straight Winter Games.