NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Philadelphia|
(Tuesday, April 16th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, NY Rangers 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Steve Mason posted 38 saves to notch his
first victory as a Flyer and help Philadelphia keep its slim playoff chances
alive with a 4-2 triumph over the New York Rangers on Tuesday at Wells Fargo
Mason had dropped back-to-back decisions since coming over from Columbus on
April 3, but the 24-year-old netminder turned away all but one of the 17 shots
he faced in the third to send the Flyers to their second straight victory.
"It was an important game for myself and the team," Mason said. "This was a
must-win in terms of the playoff race with them being in the eighth playoff
spot right now. That was a big win."
Kimmo Timonen tallied a goal and an assist, while Brayden Schenn, Erik
Gustafsson and Jakub Voracek each scored once for Philadelphia, which moved
within five points of the Rangers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the
Eastern Conference with five games left.
Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello netted a goal apiece, while Henrik Lundqvist
allowed three goals on 21 shots for the Rangers, who had won two straight.
"We just couldn't solve Mason," Rangers coach John Tortorella admitted. "We
developed some offense, we couldn't solve Mason."
With 46 points, New York sits tied with Winnipeg, which beat Tampa Bay
Tuesday, for the No. 8 seed in the East. The Rangers, though, do have a game
New York cut into its deficit just 2:54 into the second when Zuccarello fired
a wrister from the right circle that whizzed past Mason to make it 2-1, but
the Flyers answered at the midpoint of the frame on Timonen's fifth of the
After Rangers winger Ryan Clowe was whistled for boarding at the 9:42 mark,
Claude Giroux won an offensive zone faceoff back to the high slot, where
Timonen stepped into a one-timer that beat Lundqvist low to the far side to
restore Philadelphia's two-goal lead at the halfway point of the contest.
The Rangers again pulled within a goal at the 7:28 mark of the third when
Stepan recovered a bouncing puck in the slot and pounded it past Mason.
However, Mason, who appeared to sustain a lower-body injury during the
Rangers' third-period flurry, was able to fight through the pain and keep the
visitors off the board before Voracek added an empty-netter with 14 seconds
Philadelphia struck first near the midpoint of the opening frame, as Brandon
Manning fired a shot from the high slot that was knocked down, but Schenn
recovered the loose puck on the left wing and buried a wrister past
Lundqvist to make it 1-0 at the 9:28 mark.
The Flyers doubled their edge late in the frame when Gustafsson rifled a one-
timer from the top of the right circle that sailed past Lundqvist on the short
side for a 2-0 lead at 17:21.
New York had won three straight against Philadelphia ... Manning's assist on
Schenn's goal was his first NHL point ... Philadelphia improved to 13-6-2 at
home, while the Rangers dropped to 8-11-2 on the road ... Philadelphia went 1-
for-2 on the power play ... New York failed on all five of its chances with
the man advantage ... Voracek's goal was his 19th of the season to set a new
04/16 23:24:54 ET