PHILADELPHIA — You could see and hear Chris Kreider’s relief from the press box.

Kreider had just scored his seventh goal and first since Dec. 20 to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead at 4:49 of the second period on Saturday, driving down the middle to the net and re-directing Rick Nash’s backhand pass from the right wall past Flyers goalie Steve Mason.

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“I screamed wicked loud,” Kreider said afterward. “I had missed the net three times. In the first period, with Derek [Stepan] on a two on one, it bounces over my stick. Nash gives me a breakaway pass, it bounces over my stick. Now I’m off-angle, but I still have a good look, I hit a slapper and it goes wide, the puck comes around and they score.’’ That carom turned into Brayden Schenn’s goal, which provided the Flyers a 1-0 lead.

Kreider, who played a second strong game in a row and was awarded the Broadway hat as Saturday’s game MVP, downplayed his role in his goal.

“I would say it was a quintessential team goal, three or four passes there,” Kreider said. Could it be a springboard to shake his offensive struggles? “I don’t know. I’m just worried about trying to win the next game [against the Capitals Sunday],” he said. “Like this one, it means a lot because they’re a divisional opponent. Ultimately we won today, but we want to close that game out in the third period. Maybe next time.”

Blue notes

Walking down the corridor for his post-game news conference, Alain Vigneault was greeted by a round of applause from players’ moms and said they had lived up to their part of the bargain so far. ”Hopefully,” he said, “they’ll bring us the same energy [in Washington] that they brought us today.” Said Kreider: “I’m sure they’re thrilled. The coaches were giving it to them a little bit, saying the dads were 4-0 (on their trips) the last two years.” . . . Henrik Lundqvist was thinking about a pleasant Saturday evening: “We’re going with them on the train to Washington soon. It would have been a quiet ride if we had lost.”