The New York Rangers wanted to make life harder on Flyers goaltender Steve Mason after they were held to one goal in Game 5. They succeeded this afternoon in their 4-2 victory over the Flyers.
Mason stopped just 18 of 21 shots and that’s not including the break he arguably caught when a fast whistle spared him from conceding another goal.
The Rangers climbed to a three goal lead with thanks to Marc Staal, Brad Richards, and Dominic Moore, but the Flyers made things interesting before time ran out.
Vincent Lecavalier got Philadelphia on the board with just 33 seconds remaining in the second period.
Claude Giroux netted his first goal of the playoffs to narrow the lead to one, but only 1:29 minutes remained in the contest. If nothing else, that goal prevented Ricahrds from getting his second game-winner of the series. The Rangers forward set the NHL record for the most game-winning goals in a single postseason with seven when he was with the Tampa Bay Lightning during their 2004 Stanley Cup run.
St. Louis also picked up an assist for the Rangers, which means that three of the main contributors for that 2004 Lightning squad finish the game with a point for the first time in this series.
Rangers forward Brian Boyle collected the empty netter to squash the Flyers’ comeback.
New York now has a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 will be played in Philadelphia on Tuesday.