Flyers Pull Even; Blackhawks Win in OT Again
Philadelphia — 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.
Ray Emery started the first three games for Mason, who was out with an upper-body injury. Mason played the final 7:15 in a 4-1 loss Tuesday night.
Mason was just getting warmed up. He played perhaps his best game of the season, shutting down a Rangers team that pressured him with shots all game. He was a wall in the final tense minutes when the Rangers pulled goalie Henrik Lundqvist for the extra attacker.
Dominic Moore scored for the Rangers.
Game 5 is Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Mason heard a thunderous ovation and chants of “Ma-son! Ma-son!” as he skated off a postseason winner for the first time in his career.
Blackhawks 3, Blues 2 (ot)
St. Louis — Jonathan Toews scored on a breakaway at 7:36 of overtime, giving Chicago a victory over St. Louis and a 3-2 series lead.
Marian Hossa and Ben Smith also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won three in a row and can wrap up the first-round series at home Sunday. Four of the first five games in the series have gone to overtime.
T.J. Oshie and Alex Pietrangelo scored for the Blues.
All three of the Blues’ home games went to overtime and St. Louis won the first two. Toews got behind the St. Louis defense on the winner and threw a couple of fakes at Ryan Miller before slipping the puck past the goalie.
Rask a Vezina Finalist
New York — Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov, Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop, and Boston’s Tuukka Rask are finalists for the Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL’s top goalie. The voting for the award was conducted among the league’s 30 general managers, and the finalists were announced Friday.
The winner will be revealed at the NHL’s awards banquet on June 24.
Varlamov earned a league-best 41 wins, breaking Avalanche coach Patrick Roy’s club record for most wins in a season. He went 7-1-1 when facing 40 or more shots.
Bishop won a Lightning-record 37 games and set a franchise mark with a .924 save percentage.
Rask had 36 wins and helped the Bruins capture their first Presidents Trophy since 1990 as the NHL’s top team. He finished first with seven shutouts and was second with a .930 save percentage.