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PHILADELPHIA -- Right wingers Jakub Voracek and Matt Read scored goals, Steve Mason made 37 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Rangers 2-1 on Friday night to even their first-round playoff series at 2-2.

Mason posted his first career playoff win in his first start after returning from an upper-body injury. Ray Emery started the first three games but was replaced by Mason for the final 7:15 of a 4-1 loss in Game 3.

Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. The teams split the first two games there with the Flyers winning 4-2 in Game 2 last Sunday.

Center Dominic Moore scored New York's goal.

Voracek's power-play goal gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead in the second period. Voracek redirected center Brayden Schenn's slap shot past goalie Henrik Lundqvist for Philadelphia's first goal with a man-advantage after failing to score in their previous six chances.

The Rangers scored the first goal for the third straight game, taking a 1-0 lead in the first period right after killing a sixth straight Philadelphia power play.

Moore came out of the penalty box, skated down the left side with the puck and fired a slap shot that Mason stopped. But Moore controlled the rebound, went behind the net and scored on a wraparound for his first of the series.

Read tied it a few minutes later. Right winger Jason Akeson ripped a shot wide of the net that bounced off the board and right to Read in front for an easy goal.

Mason was outstanding for the Flyers. He stopped 15 shots in the first period and kept making one big save after another in a crucial game. Mason even had to make a glove save on teammate Zac Rinaldo, who inadvertently deflected a pass toward his goaltender.

NOTES: Flyers G Steve Mason made his first playoff start since April 23, 2009. He was 0-4 with a 4.27 goals-against average in his only other playoff series for Columbus against Detroit that year. ... Flyers anthem singer Lauren Hart sang "God Bless America" live in a video duet with Kate Smith, who was Philadelphia's good-luck charm during their run to consecutive Stanley Cup titles in 1974-75. ... The Rangers are one of four teams, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh and San Jose, to make the playoffs in eight of the last nine years. ... New York took 16 shots in the first period, scoring one goal. ... Flyers RW Steve Downie remained out of the lineup with an upper-body injury.
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