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Mason shines in goal as Flyers even series with Rangers

Flyers Win, Even Series With Rangers

AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Steve Mason stopped 37 shots in his first start of the series, Matt Read and Jakub Voracek scored and the Philadelphia Flyers evened their first-round matchup against the New York Rangers with a 2-1 win in Game 4 on Friday night.

Ray Emery started the first three games for Mason, who was out with an upper-body injury. Mason played the final 7:15 in a 4-1 loss Tuesday night.

Mason was just getting warmed up. He played perhaps his best game of the season, shutting down a Rangers team that pressured him with shots all game. He was a wall in the final tense minutes when the Rangers pulled goalie Henrik Lundqvist for the extra attacker.

Dominic Moore scored for the Rangers.

Game 5 is Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Mason heard a thunderous ovation and chants of "Ma-son! Ma-son!" as he skated off a postseason winner for the first time in his career.

He earned this one.

The Rangers outshot the Flyers 16-6 and dominated a first period that put Mason to work in a hurry. But the Flyers escaped with a 1-1 tie after Jason Akeson's shot off the backboards bounced straight to Read, who beat Lundqvist on his left side for the goal.

"He told me he meant to do that," Read said. "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."

Voracek redirected Brayden Schenn's shot from the slot past Lundqvist for a power-play goal and a 2-1 lead. Mason had never played with a lead in five career postseason starts.

Mason hadn't started a playoff game in five years since his rookie season with Columbus. The Blue Jackets were swept by Detroit in that series, and the late-season injury against Pittsburgh delayed his Philadelphia postseason debut.

Flyers captain Claude Giroux hasn't scored in the series but his strongest performance came after Game 3's loss when he said, "We're going to tie up the series and go back to New York."

Off they'll go to New York, the series tied.

Giroux limped to the bench after taking a hard hit late in the third. Giroux, third in the NHL with 86 points, had no shots on goal in the first two games and has only two assists through four games.

Moore gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead when he joined the rush out of the penalty box and scored on a wraparound goal 4:38 into the game.

The Rangers won Game 3 on the strength of 28 blocked shots that choked the Flyers out of scoring opportunities. In Game 4, the Rangers pounded Mason with shot after shot, doubling the Flyers' total for most of the first two periods.

Mason was sprawled in the crease stopping several shots and kept the Flyers in a game they desperately needed to win.

Lundqvist, an eight-time All-Star and 2012 Vezina Trophy winner, was stout but betrayed by an offense that couldn't convert open looks.

Notes: The Rangers have scored first in the last three games. ... Flyers D Nicklas Grossmann left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury. ... Lauren Hart, the daughter of longtime former Flyers broadcaster Gene Hart, sang "God Bless America," alternating lyrics with Kate Smith, who was on a video image. Smith's rendition of the song has been a rallying anthem for the Flyers since the mid-1970s. ... Game 6 is Tuesday in Philadelphia.

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dphilly521 April 26 2014 at 9:16 AM

Great win, Flyers. Keep up the successful pace.

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terick4576 April 26 2014 at 12:27 PM

Great series. Typical Flyers-Rangers. I think Mason is in the heads of the Rangers which is why blowing game 2 against Emery could cost the Rangers the series.

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smzappile April 26 2014 at 4:11 PM

I'm very proud of our Flyers ... expecially our goalie.

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Matt Dougherty April 26 2014 at 7:43 AM

The Damm NHL is ruing the game via not letting the players fight and taking the camera off of any action there of a fight brewing ! Way too many comercials !!!! Let the players decide who will win not the referees afteralll we pay high cable fees to see the game and have rights to VIEW all the action ! The BROAD street bullies is what sold the NHL across AMERICA, even in CANADA ! If the NHL keeps toying with the sport it will surely fall apart !

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HEY BOB April 26 2014 at 4:11 PM

Adios Flyers....................

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dccb3 April 26 2014 at 8:05 AM

mason shoulda started game 3.

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reesetvr59 April 26 2014 at 12:37 PM

good job in philly rangers killing the werewolf isnt eazy i know that

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frenchiejay April 26 2014 at 6:51 AM

Let's go Rangers!!!!!

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Matt Dougherty frenchiejay April 26 2014 at 7:53 AM

The only place they are going is DOWN LOL !

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Taz,Tweety&Bugs frenchiejay April 26 2014 at 4:45 PM

where they going, the links? They will not go any further that this round.

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ordobtrebla April 26 2014 at 8:38 AM

Doesn't make any difference who wins this series...
Montreal Canadians win the cup....

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Matt Dougherty April 26 2014 at 7:55 AM

Carcillo is AFRAID of ZAC Rinaldo !

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dccb3 Matt Dougherty April 26 2014 at 8:04 AM

***** please.

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Taz,Tweety&Bugs dccb3 April 26 2014 at 4:43 PM

Carcillo is a typical bully...great at pushing around non-fighters and runs from the fighters. He did it when he was in Philly and will never change!

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