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POSTGAME 5: Simply A-Mase-ing

Mason stops 34 shots to shut out Rangers at MSG

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

Steve Mason got hit with a flurry of pucks early and often, but denied all 34 Rangers shots to lead the Flyers to a 2-0 shutout victory at Madison Square Garden.

After a scoreless first period in which the Rangers had multiple scoring chances and outshot the Flyers, 16-8, both clubs continued to battle scoreless through the second period that saw two Rangers power plays until the Flyers finally capitalized on a power play of their own in the third period.

Wayne Simmonds broke the scoreless game with a power play goal just over six minutes into the third, while Jake Voracek added an insurance tally soon after, which wouldn't be needed as Mason held the Rangers at bay. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 in the loss.

 

2. TURNING POINT

A spectacular post-to-post save in the first period on a Rangers two-on-one on sniper Rick Nash by Steve Mason proved that he was dialed in and beating him would not be an easy task. Mason stopped all 16 shots, which included multiple good scoring chances by the Rangers in the first period and settled in from there, allowing the Flyers to eventually break the tie and get the victory.Video: Dave Hakstol on the team's big win at MSG

3. THREE STARS

1 - Steve Mason: Recorded his first shut out of the season, earned his second straight victory and earned his 94th win as a Flyer.

2 - Jakub Voracek: Factored into both goals by posting a goal and an assist to give him 11 points (5g-6a) in 13 career games at MSG.

3 - Wayne Simmonds: Just like he did in Brooklyn, kicked off the scoring, which was his 20th of the season and proved to be the game winner.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* Steve Mason earned his 94th win as a Flyer, placing him third all-time in Flyers history in wins behind Ron Hextall (240) and Bernie Parent (232).

* The Flyers handed the Rangers their second shut out on home ice this season… The last time the Flyers shut out the Rangers was November 28, 2015, also at Madison Square Garden, and it was the only other regular season win the Flyers have had in the building since February of 2011. 

* The Flyers got in the way of 16 Rangers shots. Travis Konecny and Mark Streit led the way with three blocks apiece.
  
* Claude Giroux was 14 for 18 (78 percent ) on faceoffs. 

* The Flyers are back in action on Thursday when they play the second half of their 13th set of games on back-to-back nights.
  
5. THEY SAID IT
"I try to just focus on my job and that is to stop the puck regardless of what's going on in front of you. At no point was I worried that we weren't going to get anything. I was more focused on not trying to give them anything."
- Steve MasonVideo: Steve Mason on his shutout against the Rangers

"I think it would be unbelievable for us. We have to focus shift by shift and can't jump ahead. Toronto is a great team that has been playing really well and we can't look past them. We have to make sure we're ready for tomorrow night and that we're getting a better effort than tonight and same as the second half of that third period there."
- Wayne SimmondsVideo: Wayne Simmonds on the big win at MSG

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