Flyers Take Game 4, Even Series

Published on April 26th, 2014

by Mike del Tufo

Friday April 25, 2014

The Philadelphia Flyers emerged victorious in a tense Friday night battle against the New York Rangers in Game 4 to even the series 2-2.  They won this game 2-1.

For this game, Henrik Lundqvist started in net for the Rangers and Steve Mason returned as the starting goalie for the Flyers.

Flyers forward combinations:

Giroux-Voracek-Hartnell

Lecavalier-Simmonds-B.Schenn

Couturier-Read-Akeson

Hall-Raffl-Rinaldo

Flyers defensemen pairings:

Grossmann-Streit

Timonen-Coburn

L.Schenn-MacDonald

Rangers forward Dominic Moore got called for a minor for hooking several minutes into the game.  He came blazing out of the penalty box after the Rangers had killed it off and scored on the wrap-around at 4:38 of the 1st period.  The Rangers snared another early lead.  Flyers tied it at 8:55 when Matt Read banged in a puck that bounced off the back blocks.  Jason Akeson fired it in off of the blocks.  It looked like it might have been a nice set play by the duo.  The Rangers controlled more of the action outshooting the Flyers 16 to 6 in this period but the score was tied after one.

On the scoring play, Akeson said, “At first I was going for the net, but that lane was kind of not there, so I just kind of went short side and luckily it bounced out to (Read).”

Flyers captain Claude Giroux on the play of Akeson said, “He’s smart with the puck. He makes plays sometimes, and everybody on the bench looks at each other and they’re like ‘Where did that come from?’ and he’s really talented.”

Flyers grabbed the lead at 7:22 of the 2nd period when Jakub Voracek tipped in a pass by Brayden Schenn.  It was a power-play goal.  The Flyers were being outshot 19 to 11 but led 2-1 at this point.  The crowd was not especially happy with the referees in this period as a number of questionable calls went against the home team.  The Flyers were able to battle through these calls and took a one goal lead into the 2nd intermission.

7 minutes into the 3rd period, Lundqvist came up with a huge save on a point blank shot.  Mason was very strong in this period making some strong saves and preserving the victory.  He was the 1st star of the game and earned his first career NHL playoff win.

Mason on his return and the win said, “It was a lot of fun to get back out there in this atmosphere at the Wells Fargo Center.  It’s second to none in my opinion.  Watching it on TV prior to getting to this organization and now that I actually get to play in front of that kind of crowd, it’s hard to describe…You don’t want to go into MSG down 3-1 in a series and have to win in that building. So for us it was definitely a must win and the guys responded pretty well.”

Game 5 is on Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Mason makes a save | Source:  Andrew King

Mason makes a save | Source: Andrew King

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