News

Simmonds goals help Flyers force game 7

Simmonds goals help Flyers force game 7

GOING TO GAME 7:Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup. Photo: Reuters

(The Sports Xchange) – Wayne Simmonds scored a hat-trick and goaltender Steve Mason made 34 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers sent their playoff series against the New York Rangers to a decider with a 5-2 victory at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

Defenseman Erik Gustafsson and center Claude Giroux also had goals for the Flyers, who will need to become the first team to win two in a row in this series to advance to a Conference Semi-final showdown against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Rangers left winger Carl Hagelin ended Mason’s shutout bid with 6:34 left in the game and center Mats Zuccarello scored a consolation goal in the final minute.

Game Seven of the Eastern Conference series will be played at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, where the Rangers are 2-1 on home ice this postseason.

Mason, who did not start the first three games of the series because of an upper-body injury, was outstanding for the second time in three games. He outplayed Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, an eight-time All-Star and former Vezina Trophy winner, who allowed four goals on 23 shots and was replaced by Cam Talbot at the start of the third period.

Right winger Simmonds scored three of the first four goals of the game as Philadelphia raced to a 4-0 lead.

The longtime rivals meet in a Game Seven for only the second time in their history.

The Flyers beat the Rangers 4-3 in the deciding game of the NHL Semi-finals on May 5, 1974. Philadelphia then went on to defeat Boston for its first Stanley Cup title.

(Editing by John O’Brien)

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: May 6

WhitneyHouston

A look at some of the entertainment headlines that made history.

in Sports

Hawks beat Wizards 106-90 to even series 1-1

Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) has the ball knocked away by Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce (34) in the second half of an NBA second-round basketball payoff series game, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Atlanta. Washington won 104-98.

Atlanta takes advantage of John Wall's absence to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece.

in Sports

Kane scores for Blackhawks in 1-0 win vs. Wild, for 3-0 lead

FILE - In this March 6, 2014 file photo, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates his goal with Patrick Kane during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Chicago. The Blackhawks have agreed to eight-year contract extensions with captain JonathanToews and star forward Patrick Kane. General manager Stan Bowman said all along that the extensions were his biggest offseason priority, and the team announced the megadeals Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Kane has six goals and five assists in nine playoff games, bouncing back just fine from the broken collarbone that kept him out of the last quarter of the regular season.

in Sports

Suit filed against Pacquiao for not disclosing injury

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, lands a left against Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas.

Manny Pacquiao and his handlers have been hit with a lawsuit asking for damages for anyone who paid to watch his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. because he failed to disclose his shoulder was injured.

in Sports

Juventus tops Real Madrid 2-1 as Champions semifinals start

Juventus' Alvaro Morata, right, celebrates after scoring during the Champions League, semifinal match between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

Alvaro Morata scored against his old team in the ninth minute, helping Juventus beat defending champion Real Madrid 2-1 Tuesday night in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.

Bellingham Traffic