Steve Mason made 37 saves in the Flyers' 2-1 victory over the Rangers in Game 4 on Friday night. (USA Today Images)
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Flyers vs. Rangers
(Series tied 2-2)
Game 1 at NYR: 4-1 Rangers
Game 2 at NYR: 4-2 Flyers
Game 3 at PHI: 4-1 Rangers
Game 4 at PHI: 2-1 Flyers
Game 5 at NYR: Sun., April 27, 12 p.m., NBC
Game 6 at PHI: Tues., April 29, TBA, CSN
*Game 7 at NYR: Wed., April 30, TBA, CSN
Steve Mason made his first start in nearly two weeks on Friday night and showed little signs of rust between the pipes.
The Flyers' No. 1 goalie turned aside 37 shots to lead the Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers in Game 4. More importantly, Mason helped his team even its opening-round playoff series with New York at 2-2.
Mason was tested early and often Game 4. The Rangers struck first when Dominic Moore beat Mason at the 4:38 mark of the opening frame. Mason stopped Moore's initial shot, but failed to keep veteran forward's wraparound attempt out of the cage.
From then on, however, Mason was sharp. He tightened up his game in the minutes that followed Moore's tally and kept the Flyers above water.
“He looked very confident right from the get-go,” coach Craig Berube said (see story). “And he had to be in the first [period]. He did a great job.”
An upper-body injury kept Mason sidelined for Game 1 and Game 2 of the series. He dressed as Ray Emery's backup for Game 3 and wound up playing the final 7:15 of that contest after the Rangers took a commanding lead late in the third.
Friday marked the first postseason victory of Mason's career (see story). He had started in only four playoff games previously at the NHL level, all with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2009.
So Mason's first postseason start as a Flyer proved to be a memorable one for the 25-year-old netminder.
The series picks up Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. But for now, you can relive some of Mason's best saves from Game 4 in the video above.