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Mason stops 37 for first playoff win, Flyers even series with Rangers

Apr 25, 2014, 9:49 PM EDT

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason has his first postseason victory, but it didn’t come easy. After missing the start of the playoffs due to an upper-body injury, Mason kicked out 37 of 38 shots tonight to lead Philadelphia to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers.

The game certainly didn’t have a good start for the Flyers as Mason was beaten early by Rangers forward Dominic Moore on a wraparound.

That goal looked preventable for Mason, but it was the only blemish for the 25-year-old goalie. Philadelphia was out-shot 16-6 in the first period, but they entered the intermission tied thanks to their netminder’s efforts.

Jakub Voracek scored a power-play goal at 7:22 of the second period to put Philadelphia on top tonight.

It seems appropriate that Mason’s first playoff victory comes during the same round as the Columbus Blue Jackets’ first franchise win in the postseason. Until this year, Mason and the Blue Jackets had only ever made the playoffs in 2009 when they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings.

The only bad news for Philadelphia is that defenseman Nicklas Grossmann was hurt when he fell awkwardly into the boards early in the second period. He missed the remainder of the game due to a lower-body injury.

The series is now tied at 2-2 ahead of Game 5 in New York on Sunday (3:00 p.m. ET, NBC).

  1. mebailey700 - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    What an incredible game by Mason tonight!! No offense to Emery but this is the type of goaltending we are going to need to continue moving forward in this series.

  2. broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Looks like we got a series. Where’s the bleeding Ranger guy with his crystal ball predicting the sweep by the Rags?

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Judging by your one thumbs down, you found him.

  3. flyboystransport - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Rangers were capitalizing on the fact that emery couldn’t go side to side. Can’t do that on Mason and the Rangers looked lost. Gonna be an interesting game 5

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    I said this on the other page but I don’t wanna think about what the score would be if Emery had played this game. Mason was amazing and was an inch from a shutout. He faced so many great scoring chances and stood tall… that’s how you know a goalie is in a groove. A lot of opposing fans didn’t seem to understand how solid Mase has been this season; many brought up the Columbus-Detroit series of 5 years ago. But this guy is a real #1, not elite, but very good. And he outplayed an elite goalie on the other end.

    Huge win tonight. G didn’t show on the score sheet but he wasn’t invisible. And the team came through on his prediction. It always felt on the edge with Razor in, but going forward I feel a lot better. Mason can’t do that every game but I think he has the ability to help win the series. Can’t wait for Sunday.

    • gomybirdsgo - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Again I ask, how is a goalie who has never made it out of the second round elite ???? Do you say that because the media repeats it over and over ?? The guy is choke artist of the highest caliber yet you call him elite. I would take Mason over every goalie in these playoffs except for rask and quick . No other goalies have or can steal a playoff series, period. If mason had played in game three like he should have a huge mistake by chief this series would be getting ready to come to an end on sunday.

      Mason has been on a mission since he was traded last year. Considering how shaky the flyers defense still is though I kinda think gill will help with a little bit more stay at home type defense masons numbers are incredible. when the flyers were sinking early he kept them in the playoff hunt. The flyers finally have a young great goalie who imo even though I don’t think the flyers can win the cup this year will show he is a truly “elite” goalie by getting the flyers to game 7 against the bruins in the conference finals.

  5. laxman1944 - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    And On To New York……….

  6. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Awesome game from Mason.

  7. flyersfan85 - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Gratz Philly..npat uourself on the back and move on..alot more to go..fuq the public..winning is all tbat matters..and Pens losing..just gravy..

  8. johnstone17 - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Tip of the hat to the Flyers. Better team for 55 minutes. Memo to # 61 for the Rangers. Act like you get paid big money son.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Not that I want him awake but yeah Nash has been a no show. All any media members wanna talk about is Giroux not doing enough, but what about the Rangers main star? Guy has too much talent to be so invisible.

  9. bleedrangerblue - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    The idiot who said the Rangers looked lost. Really?? It was a close game , Flyers battled. It’s playoff hockey. IMO it was do or die for them. Rangers were 1 shot away. Lost? You are….

  10. bleedrangerblue - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Phillyphanatic. You have Giroux (no show). We have Nash( no show). It’s even.

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      Nash drove to the net and almost slid that backhand past Mason in the last minute, missed by inches… but close only counts in Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        I “almost” hit the lottery by missing one number…but I have to go to work tomorrow.

  11. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    I’m glad they won but I can’t be over the top with optimism. Still need Giroux to step up.

    • flyerspsu - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:10 AM

      Giroux is a proven playoff performer, 55 pts in 50 playoff games before this year, but the Rangers have always stifled him, he hasnt scored in his last 14 games vs the rangers, so if the Flyers do manage to move on Id expect Giroux to go back to his scoring ways

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        Keyword there is IF. I hope they do advance but its risky business to go through a series and not have your best player falling short of his ability. We shall see in 24 hours.

  12. phillysports1 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Where are the rangers fans that said
    “rangers in 5″ ?

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      They’re hanging out with that idiot bleedrangerblue who said NY would sweep.

  13. phillysports1 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    I’ll be on my way to NY tomorrow and I will be attending the game on Sunday !

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      there’s a law against hitchhiking on I-95 you know right?

  14. 950003cups - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    A monster is born!!!

  15. phillyphannnn83 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    I-95 isn’t going to get you anywhere near MSG from Philly…you have to take the NJ Turnpike. 95 stops when it crosses into NJ.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      You are wrong. I-95 stops at the Canadian border near Houlton, Maine.

  16. maalea - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Sorry but north of Trenton (Ewing Township) the Jersey turnpike is I-95. South it’s I-295.

  17. officialgame - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Take the train it’s right underneath the Garden.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      You can park your vehicle under the Garden too for easy entrance and even easier exit. Bring a lot of money.

  18. 2qswing - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Not a fan of either of these teams but very happy for Mason.

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