“We would like to get one. We thought it might be that one, but I guess it will be the next one.”
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday in New York.
The Flyers took the lead on their first shot, after allowing four, following a big hit by Scott Hartnell on defenseman Ryan McDonagh to free the puck in the offensive zone.
MacDonald, a trade deadline acquisition from the New York Islanders, wound up for a slap shot on the playoffs logo and sent the puck sailing past Lundqvist after it hit St. Louis in flight at 7:28.
As the shot flew past him, McDonagh - who struggled with the puck several times in the opening period in his first game in April 1 - hit Claude Giroux in the side with his stick, sending the Flyers captain to the ice. Giroux was down on all fours before gingerly skating to the bench. He returned to action.
“I was not myself, and just couldn’t get a good grip on the puck, couldn’t feel my skates,” said McDonagh, who missed five games because of an injured shoulder. “The guys stayed positive with me and I found a way to contribute.”
The Rangers got even with 9:07 left on a strong, determined effort by Zuccarello. Benoit Pouliot skated in search of space and lost the puck off his stick in the left circle. Zuccarello swooped in, got the puck and fired a hard shot that Emery blocked away. While in stride, Zuccarello got the puck back and deftly slipped in a backhand for his second career NHL playoff goal.
Both teams generated chances in the second period, but no goals. The Rangers again led in shots, but by a slight 9-8 margin.
NOTES: Mason showed more improvement Thursday and was in attendance for the game. Flyers coach Craig Berube said he doesn’t know if Mason will play in Game 2 on Sunday. … The Flyers had their fewest shots in a playoff game since recording 14 against Montreal on April 28, 2008.