Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Steve Mason recorded 37 saves while Jakub Voracek scored the game-winning goal in the second period as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers, 2-1, Friday in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Wells Fargo Center.
With the win, the Flyers tied the best-of-7 at 2-2 with Game 5 Sunday in New York. Game 6 will be Tuesday in Philadelphia, and Game 7, if necessary, will be in New York on Wednesday.
Mason clinched his first career win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his first start since April 12, when he sustained an upper-body injury in the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He sat out the final game of the regular season and the first two games of this series. Mason made his first appearance in Game 3, playing the final 7:15 in relief of starter Ray Emery in a 4-1 loss.
Henrik Lundqvist tallied 23 saves while Dominic Moore gave the Rangers a 1-0 advantage at 4:38 of the first with his first playoff goal since May 17, 2011.
Matt Read scored later in the first to tie the count for the Flyers, who played most of the final two periods with five defensemen because of a lower-body injury sustained by Nicklas Grossmann at 6:25 of the second.
Voracek’s goal broke a 1-1 tie at 7:22 of the second period after Moore was sent off for cross-checking at 5:58, putting the Flyers on the power play for the second time.
Late in the man-advantage, Voracek raced the puck into the New York end but slipped and lost control of it. Jason Akeson was able to win a battle for the puck with Martin St. Louis and kicked it to Mark Streit at the left point.
Streit then sent it across the zone to Brayden Schenn, who put a low shot toward the net that Voracek, stationed in the slot, tipped between Lundqvist’s pads for his second of the postseason.
The Rangers had several chances to get back into the game on the man-advantage but couldn’t convert when Read took a hooking penalty with 15.1 seconds remaining in the second period. The Rangers went 0-for-4 on the power play.