STEVE MASON’S COMEBACK STIFLES RANGERS

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    Updated: April 26, 2014
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    It’s safe to say that Steve Mason is no longer the choke artist we once loved to chirp. This season, Philly’s fixer-upper goalie has emerged from his cocoon of mediocrity to make a very compelling comeback. Who knows, he might even break the Flyers’ goaltender curse.

    Tonight Mason stole New York’s lead in the series, stopping 37 shots and posting a jaw-dropping .974 save percentage in his first ever postseason win. Even though Mason looked like a wounded animal flailing around as puck after puck hurtled into him, he couldn’t be beat.

    The Rangers opened scoring 4:38 into the First. Dominic Moore picked up a rebound from Brian Boyle, hustled behind the net, and stuffed the puck in on a wrap-around. Four minutes later, the Flyers responded with a goal from Matt Read. Read skated up the right-wing and picked up the puck off a shot from Jason Akeson that had ricocheted off the back boards, beating Lundqvist glove side.

    The Flyers played with more desperation in the Second, resulting in a power play goal at 7:22. Jakub Voracek scored the game winner by positioning himself in front of the net and deflecting in Brayden Schenn’s shot from the blue line for a final score of 2-1.

    The Rangers couldn’t make good on any of their 4 power play opportunities, while Philly was able to go 1-for-2. The real tragedy of the series thus far is the fact that Rick Nash has gone goalless in his last 15 postseason games, baffling if one considers the cheddar this guy rakes in seasonally.   

    As if Philly’s Ginger Line didn’t already pose a serious threat to the Rangers’ postseason ambitions. Now they might have a hot goalie on their hands. New York’s top line better learn to score, otherwise the stop signs along Broad Street will be spray painted with Steve Mason’s name. 

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