The Philadelphia Flyers have no doubt they will be back at Madison Square Garden one more time with their season on the line.
Steve Mason stopped 37 shots in his first start of the series, Matt Read and Jakub Voracek scored and the Philadelphia Flyers evened their first-round matchup against the New York Rangers with a 2-1 win in Game 4 on Friday night.
It was the worst kept secret in the Flyers locker room. Steve Mason will start in goal Friday night.
The Flyers started the regular season with three straight losses, resulting in the firing of then head coach, Peter Laviolette. Their captain, Claude Giroux, started the season on a 15-game goal less drought, scoring only seven assists in those first 15 games.
Mark Streit scored for the Flyers.
Jeremy Roenick and now Flyers coach, Craig Berube, were both with the Flyers organization late in their careers. The two had their differences when Berube, or “Chief” was with the Flyers and Roenick was with the Blackhawks. Berube always promised Roenick he’d get him, and when the Flyers acquired Roenick, Berube got him.
Emery is no stranger to the playoff spotlight. In 2007, Emery backstopped the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup Finals. The veteran says he’s enjoying his opportunity.
After evening the series at one game a piece on Sunday in Madison Square Garden, the Flyers and Rangers series shifts to South Philadelphia and the Wells Fargo Center, in one of the most hostile environments in all of hockey.
The Rangers are 0-2 at the Wells Fargo Center this season against the Flyers and understand what the atmosphere will be like come Tuesday night for a pivotal game three.
Steve Mason will not dress for game three against the Rangers.
After losing to the Rangers 4-1 in game one, the Flyers bounced back in a huge way getting a 4-2 win and evening the series on Sunday afternoon.
Mason took part in a goalie practice Friday at New York’s Chelsea Piers and said afterward that he is feeling better than he did a few days earlier. He has set his sights on playing Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
There may be a few more blue jerseys in the stands for the Flyers-Rangers playoff series at the Wells Fargo Center next week.
It was his third career NHL hockey game and first career Stanley Cup playoff game. It was in Madison Square Garden against the rivaled New York Rangers, an “original six” team. He is 23 years old. The pressure was enormous.
Defenseman Andrew MacDonald had given the Flyers a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Rangers answered with Mats Zuccarello’s goal.