Simmonds scores 3 goals, Mason strong in Philadelphia's 5-2 win over Rangers to force Game 7

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Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason, right, makes a glove save during the second period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

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Mason, who had never won a postseason game until this season, was hardly challenged in the last two periods as he chased the shutout. He snared Benoit Pouliot's point-blank shot in the second period and made an out-of-nowhere kick save against John Moore in the third.

"If we win Game 7, it's going to feel even more special because it's over there," Giroux said.

The Rangers had scored four goals in three other games this series. New York is 13-2 in series it has led 3-2, but the Rangers have lost 12 straight games in which they had a series lead.

"It was one of those nights where we just couldn't execute," Rangers center Brad Richards said. "This team is not going to be thinking about what happened tonight. It's over once we get on the train. You have to move on quick."

NOTES: Flyers D Nicklas Grossmann underwent surgery to repair tendon damage in his right ankle suffered in Game 4. He could miss up to 10 weeks. ... Simmonds gave the Flyers their first two-goal lead of the series since his empty-net goal in the final minute sealed the win in Game 2. ... The Flyers beat the Rangers 4-3 on May 5, 1974, in the only other time the teams played a Game 7. They went on to beat Boston to win their first Stanley Cup.

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