NEW YORK- Coming off 4-1 loss in New York on Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers faced off against the Rangers Sunday afternoon looking forward to even out the series.
Early in the first period, the Rangers were granted the first opportunity on power play but were unsuccessful. Moments later, Rangers forward Martin St. Louis netted in his first goal of the playoffs against Emery.
Roughing against Rangers’ Dan Girardi sent Sean Couturier to the penalty box, allowing New York to have yet another power play chance. Wasting no time on the man advantage, Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot lit the lamp, increasing the lead 2-0.
With minutes left in the period, Jakub Voracek slipped the puck past Lundqvist, giving the Flyers a tally. Ending the first period, Rangers led the Flyers 2-1.
Beginning the 2nd frame with energy, Philadelphia was sent on the power play. After taking a double minor in game one, Flyers Rookie Jason Akeson gain redemption with a power play goal, squaring off the score 2-2.
Extending the lead, defenseman Luke Schenn scored his first career NHL post season goal.http://
Continuing aggressive play, pushing and shoving carried on throughout the period. Hanging onto the lead, Flyers ended the second period, 3-2.
In the final 20 minutes of hockey, Emery held his own in the between the pipes.
With ample scoring chances for both clubs, Philadelphia took advantage on an empty New York net. Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds scored the insurance goal, Flyers beat the Rangers 4-2.
Philadelphia snapped a three year losing streak at Madison Square Garden with Sunday’s win, tying up the series 1-1.
Flyers goaltender Steve Mason completed a full practice with the team Saturday afternoon, after suffering an upper body injury against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 12th. Realizing he was not ready to make his return in net on Sunday,
Mason stated “It’s all part of the process,” he said. “I think we’re doing everything that we can to make sure we’re treating it the proper way. As much as it’s frustrating, I think everybody understands it’s going to be a process.” The return of Mason remains un-known.
The series continues in the city of Philadelphia Tuesday night. Rangers visit Broad Street looking for their first win at the Wells Fargo Center since March 26, 2013. Game 3 action is set for 8 p.m.