The best thing about the playoffs is that each game is its own entity. Look bad one night, look great the next. Move on.

You never know how it’s going to play out.

And for the Flyers, the questions abounded before Game 4. Would Steve Mason shake off 13 days of rust between starts?

Would the Flyers actually get some quality shots on Henrik Lundqvist that weren’t blocked?

Would the changes on the power play setup produce a goal or some sliver of a scoring chance?

All of that came together Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center as the Flyers -- read: Mason -- defeated the Rangers by the slimmest of margins, 2-1, to even their Metropolitan Division semifinal series at 2-2 (see Instant Replay).

The Flyers also survived a tense, mad scramble with a little more than a minute left as shots, passes and blocked pucks came from everywhere in their own end.

Game 5 in Sunday afternoon in New York.

This one rests solely on Mason’s 37-save effort, one of which on Ryan McDonagh was highlight material of the ultimate kind.

“He looked very confident right from the get-go,” coach Craig Berube said. “And he had to be in the first [period]. He did a great job.”

Somehow the Flyers survived the first period tied 1-1 as Mason had 15 saves. His job would become harder early in the second period when Nick Grossmann left the game with an apparent right knee injury that forced the Flyers to go with five defenseman the rest of the night.

With Mason making the kind of impact saves you could not really expect from a guy missing almost two weeks with whiplash/concussion, the Flyers managed to generate 25 shots.

They even had shots on the power play and a game-winning goal from Jakub Voracek with the man advantage, as well.

New York scored early and then the Flyers, who promised to use deception, fakes, and anything else they could think of to get pucks to the net without being blocked, tried a bank play with rookie Jason Akeson firing off the back boards and Matt Read right there to slam the puck home.

It worked. It was 1-1 when by all right the Rangers should have been ahead by several goals.

“It was a 3-on-3 rush,” Read said. “Akey [Jason Akeson] made a great pass. He told me he meant to do that, throw the puck behind the boards, and it came right to me. I just had to one-time it. I think Lundqvist got a piece of it but we'll take it.”

Akeson admitted his first thought was put it on net, but he liked that Read was stretched far to his right.

“It'd be better for you guys if I said it’s a play we worked on all day in practice but it was just a play that happened,” Akeson said.

Unlike Game 3 when the Rangers had sticks occupying every inch of ice on five Flyer power plays, Brayden Schenn found a lane down the slot and fired hard with Voracek getting a tip at the net on Lundqvist, breaking the 1-1 tie at 7:22 of the middle period.