Mason makes 41 saves, but Flyers fall 3-2 in OT to Rangers in preseason play

Updated: September 28, 2015 at 10:59 pm by Brady Trettenero

He can’t do it all.

Steve Mason was sensational, stopping 41 of 44 shots in his first full 2015 preseason game, but it wasn’t quite enough, as the Flyers fell 3-2 in overtime to the Rangers in exhibition action Monday evening at Madison Square Garden.

Mark Streit and Wayne Simmonds both scored for the Flyers, who were outshot 44-29 on the night.

The Flyers entered the third period with a 2-0 lead thanks to the superb goaltending of Mason, but the Rangers wouldn’t quit, striking twice in the final period, before Keith Yandle scored on a penalty shot in overtime to give the Rangers a 3-2 win.

The Flyers are now 3-1-1 in the 2015 preseason.

Yandle was awarded a penalty shot in overtime after Scott Laughton was chasing him on a breakaway and got called for slashing. The call was made after an apparent slew foot from Rangers’ forward Rick Nash on Jakub Voracek went uncalled.

Dan Girardi and Chris Kreider also scored for the Rangers, who got a 27-save performance from netminder Antti Raanta.

Despite being outplayed heavily in the opening period, the Flyers escaped with a 1-0 lead thanks to the superb play of Steve Mason and a goal from Mark Streit.

Streit scored on the Flyers first shot of the game just 4:18 into the first period, taking a pass from Michael Raffl and wiring a shot past Antti Raanta from the point.

The Rangers dominated the rest of the opening period, outshooting the Flyers 16-5, but failing to capitalize.

Both Nick Schultz and Vincent Lecavalier were dinged for first-period penalties, but Steve Mason and the Flyers’ penalty kill held the Rangers scoreless.

After getting dominated in the opening frame, the Flyers came out with much more energy in the middle period, taking it to the Rangers and goaltender Raanta.

Philadelphia outshot New York 16-6 in the period and added to their lead on the power play with two minutes remaining in the frame.

With the top unit featuring Giroux, Voracek, Simmonds, B.Schenn and Streit on the ice, the Flyers did what they do best.

Philadelphia worked the cycle game, with Mark Streit dishing the puck out front and Simmonds eventually banging it in to put the Flyers up 2-0.

It was the first goal of the preseason for the Wayne Train, who didn’t shy away from giving it to the fans after his goal.

The Flyers entered the third period up 2-0, but even a fantastic showing from Mason couldn’t hold the Rangers off, as they would go on to tie the game and force overtime, where Yandle would play the hero.

Key Stats/ Takeaways:

  • Mason was outstanding in his first full 2015 NHL preseason game and looked in midseason form. His transition game and rebound control was excellent. He was the only reason the game wasn’t a blowout
  • Streit picked up a couple points and fired four shots on goal. He continues to play the point on the Flyers’ top power-play unit and should be in for another productive year. He may be 38-years-old, but as we saw Monday, the Swiss blueliner still has an absolute cannon for a shot
  • Simmonds finally got on the board with his first of the preseason and was engaged all night. From banging on the glass after his goal to being in the center of a third-period scrum, Simmonds’ energy and intensity was on full display. He finished the game with four shots on goal
  • Voracek took an apparent slew foot from Rick Nash in the overtime period and was slow to leave the ice. He appears to be okay, but it’s worth monitoring
  • Sean Couturier was not in the lineup tonight as he is dealing with an upper-body injury. He’s currently listed as day-to-day

GIF Highlights:

Mark Streit opens the scoring:










Wayne Simmonds just saying hello after he puts Flyers up 2-0:










Radko Gudas taking out Derek Stepan:










Getting Nasty:










The Bash Brothers:

Rick Nash with a slew foot in OT?

Same, Claude.










Next Up: Flyers vs. Devils, Wednesday Sept.30, 7:00, WFC

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