Flyers Gain 2-1 Victory in Game 4 Win Over Rangers
PHILADELPHIA - Steve Mason had been dreaming of playoff hockey in Philadelphia since he was dealt last year at the trade deadline.
Because of an April 12 injury, he had to wait until Friday to actually make his first postseason start since 2009.
The goalie was the difference, backstopping the Flyers to a 2-1 Game 4 win over the New York Rangers. His 37 saves are the biggest reason the series is tied 2-2 heading back to New York.
Just like in Game 3, the Flyers came out buzzing thanks in part to deafening crowd support. Zac Rinaldo even drew a penalty early in the game. Things looked like they were headed in the right direction.
On the ensuing power play, things didn't look that different from the rest of the series. The Flyers mustered no shots and Dominic Moore came out of the box and scored.
Andrew MacDonald's shot was blocked in the Rangers' zone and Moore was off to the races. He came in on a 2-on-1 with Ryan McDonagh. Mason stopped him on one side of the net, but Moore wrapped around the back and scored on the other side with MacDonald slow to backcheck.
The Flyers did get the goal back, though. Jason Akeson shot the puck, which was deflected off defenseman Kevin Klein and off the back boards. It came out the other side where Matt Read was waiting to beat Henrik Lundqvist.
"Akey made a great pass," Read said. "He told me he meant to do that, throw the puck behind the boards, and it came right to me. I just had to one-time it. I think Lundqvist got a piece of it, but we'll take it."