Philadelphia, PA, United States (NewsBahn) – Wayne Simmonds excelled with a hat trick, while goalie Steve Mason was stellar as the Philadelphia Flyers crushed the New York Rangers 5-2 Tuesday in game six of their opening-round playoff series.
The Flyers forced a deciding game seven to be played Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Simmonds scored twice on the power play, including once in the opening period, giving him four tallies in the series.
Erik Gustafsson also scored for the Flyers, who forced the Rangers to pull goalie Henrik Lundqvist after two ineffective periods.
Cam Talbot took over in goal for New York for the third period.
Mason was stellar between the pipes for Philly, helping his team keep the Blueshirts scoreless on four power play attempts through two periods and five times in all.
Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello scored for the Rangers in the third period with the game out of reach. Claude Giroux countered with an empty-netter for his second tally of the series.
New York has been awful with the extra man throughout the series, giving the Flyers a chance to post the upset.