MASON OUTDUELS LUNDQVIST IN FLYERS’ 2-0 WIN OVER RANGERS!

By Julie Glass

Steve Mason made 34 saves for his first shutout in more than 10 months to help the Flyers start their first winning streak in five and a half weeks.

Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek scored 3:36 apart in the Flyers’ 2-0 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden last night.

It was Mason’s first shutout since March 5, 2016. He has played 40 games this season.

The Flyers (24-19-6), who got 36 saves from Mason in a 3-2 overtime win at the New York Islanders on Sunday, have won back-to-back games for the first time since they won 10 in a row from Nov. 29-Dec. 14.

“It’s been a tough stretch the last month or so mentally I think for everybody,” Mason said. “We’ve had two games here the last couple days, on the road against two quality hockey clubs, and to be able to come away with four points is definitely something to build off.”

Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for the Rangers (31-17-1), who had a three-game winning streak end. New York was 0-for-3 on the power play and is 0-for-14 in its past four games.

“There’s no doubt that our power play struggled a little bit,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We had a lot of opportunities. Our 5-on-5 play was good.

“It’s the type of game where you feel you deserve more, but there’s some games like this.”

Simmonds gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 6:09, and Voracek made it 2-0 at 9:45. The Flyers allowed one shot on goal the rest of the game.

“It kind of reminded me the way we were playing with that 10-game winning streak,” Voracek said. “We were confident that we were going to find a way to win the game, and we did.”

Mason made 16 saves in the first period, including on Rick Nash’s one-timer from the right circle off the rush.

“It is a big save to make, something that gives you confidence,” Mason said. “Obviously coming here into MSG, it’s not an easy building to come away with two points in, so to preserve a 0-0 tie there was a big save and it’s something the team could respond to as well.”

Mason denied Michael Grabner, who was alone in the slot, with a right-pad save at 18:47 of the first period. He then stopped Grabner on the rebound.

“I was feeling good from the opening puck drop,” Mason said. “Over the course of 60 minutes there are moments that can alter the outcome of games. It’s a goaltender’s job to come up with big saves.”

Grabner hit the crossbar on a breakaway at 7:25 of the first period, inadvertently set up Simmonds for his goal, and Voracek’s goal went in off of his leg.

 

Goal of the game

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