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Videos: Plenty of rough stuff in Rangers-Flyers bout

Apr 16, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

The New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers engaged in a rugged game on Tuesday, which only seems right for the division rivalry. (The Flyers took it 4-2.)

The Rangers got a late-game scare when Michael Del Zotto took a deflected Claude Giroux shot to the face:

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While he was bloodied, he impressively returned soon after. Naturally, with situations like this, a further examination might prove that he’ll need to miss some time. Still, as is, it looks like he’ll get some tough guy points.

That wasn’t the only memorable moment, either. Carl Hagelin delivered a rather … questionable blow to Brayden Schenn:

What’s a Flyers-Rangers game without an exchange of fisticuffs? Jay Rosehill and Aaron Asham had a spirited fight in the game, too:

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  1. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    For all those who criticized me for making too much of Mason’s first 3 games, I hope you watched this game. He was brilliant. And he outplayed Lundqvist which is hard to do. Tell me now that he’s not an option to start in goal next season. I’d like to hear more about how Bryz hasn’t been an issue. If Mason continues to play lights out then Bryz is a surefire amnesty candidate.

    • ml3939 - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      I really hope this isn’t a two game aberration. I have been impressed by many players on this team, mason looks like he just woke up from a three and half year nightmare and is picking up where he left off his rookie year. L. Schenn has really picked up his play as his role has grown. Timmonen looks much better in his own end. I am no longer embarrassed that Gustaffson is a Flyer. Couturier looks much better. Fedetenko, Gagne and Hall have all played well in their roles.

      I am glad Holmgren hung on to all of his young players. I think once he amnesties Bryz and Briere, he will be able to turn this team back into a contender. My only real concern with what is left is Hartnell’s penchant for taking terrible penalties. I thought he had put that behind him. The other concern is If Mezsaros can regain his pre-injury form or if he will be a fragile, timid shell of himself going forward.

    • drone501 - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      mason looked great. he played the puck well, and handled it much better than bryz. think holmgren better try to jettison bryz as fast as possible. but who would want him. as a pens fan i don,t throw too many accolades to the flyers unless i have to.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      Slow down guys, If Mason continues to play lights out…..
      Well yeah duh, of course but that doesn’t happen and he won’t always get 7 goals of support. Law of average catches up with everyone and everything.The Flyers missed training camp dearly and with expectations always so high, the offensive was stagnant, defense was giveaway happy,an overworked Bryz running hot and cold, with little support in the way of team defense.They went into panic mode, played like individuals and things got worse and now they are where there and that is the bed they made.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:45 AM

        It was Bryz that got 7 goals of support, not Mason. And he needed it. I agree with your points about how the season has unfolded but that doesn’t change the fact that Mason has completely outplayed Bryz since he got here. 4 games is a very small sample size, I’ll give you that, however, Mason has been excellent. If Bryz was in net tonight I have no doubt it would’ve been a loss. I just think Bryzgalov’s performance and excessive cap hit, combined with the cap ceiling dropping, makes it more likely than not that Mason will be in net next season. It’s probable they bring in an inexpensive vet to compete with him but IMO Bryz will be gone.

      • valoisvipers - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        Yeah just saying the jury should deliberate longer than whats left in a shorten season. It is rarely a good time to hit the panic button. The Flyers need to regroup with their sport psychologists during this summer and put this season behind them and come back in September in a positive frame of mind.

    • kingmiedus - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      I think the biggest issue with amnestying Bryz is that while it saves cap next year, he’d actually end up with a $5-6 million hit in 2018 and 2019 (along with $1.3 – $1.8 mil in all the other years until 2027). Have $5mil one year and $6mil the next tied up in a player that isn’t playing is pretty rough. I doubt the cap will grow a ton in the next 5 years.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        I understand your point but I think you misinterpreted what the buyout calculator indicates. Those salary cap consequences would be for a normal buyout (not the new amnesties). It says at the top of the page: “they are allowed two compliance buyouts in june 2013 and june 2014 that cost the team actual cash but have no impact on the salary cap”. So they could buyout Bryz and Briere and their contracts would come completely off the books and would never again count against the cap. Ed Snider would be stuck with a huge bill but if Holmgren thinks it’s best then I think it’s a good possibility.

  2. csilojohnson - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Still shouldve kept Bob

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      Don’t disagree at all. I always liked Bob way more than Bryz, as I prefer athleticism to size in net. But there’s no doubt that Mason was very impressive, again.

  3. aklolzer - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Rosehill by a kazillion miles. Haven’t seen a beating like that since giroux crushed crysby in the playoffs last year.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      lol agree on Rosehill winning that bout. he hasn’t been half bad for the Flyers since coming in from Norfolk too. but that giroux/crosby fight was just a couple of guys trying not to get hurt. I hate star fights, they’re rarely good, and they have 0 balance so they end up going down after a couple get thrown

  4. garryjercia - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Briere this year. Perhaps Bryzzz next if Mason keeps up this level of net minding.

  5. mclovinhockey - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Yeah can’t get rid of Bryz without a backup.

  6. mclovinhockey - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Good game, glad del Zotto is okay.

    Mason did great

    Schenn got an ouchy, didn’t really look intentional but it looks like he pulled it back.

    Rosehill vs Asham was a great fight but very one sided.

  7. tfaltin - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    I was disgusted as a Rangers fan at their effort for long stretches in that game. First, WHAT ARE WE PAYING BRAD RICHARDS FOR!? I’ve ben really patient for a long time with him, but to see Brassard and Zuccarello get clutch ice-time over him in the last minute of the third period really is indicative of how he’s played. He blew a nice chance over the net, lost the faceoff clean to Giroux that led to the winner, and routinely forced passes that were broken up by the Flyers and killed all momentum they could have tried to gain on the PP. Speaking of the PP, if Torts was trying to play head games with Nash by benching him for the first shift of every PP, that’s insane. He’s the best Ranger forward (though Stepan continues to impress) and needs to be on the ice. Period. The Rangers started well, but as soon as Philly scored their first (albeit flukey) goal, I felt like I could see the anxiety set in all over the players in white sweater. Nice surge in the first 10 mins of the 3rd, but it shouldn’t take until you’re 3-1 down to play. The only Rangers that I think actually played above average were Stepan, Brassard and Moore.

    • adge84 - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Finally! another Rangers fan saying exactly what I’ve been saying. Why the hell does Richards make that much money. All we picked up was the master of the second assist. Last year he almost fooled me into thinking we made a wise move but I was still skeptical for good reason. He is far to soft and far to inconsistent. I am aware of the solid career numbers he’s put up but those days seem to be gone. I wish there was a way for them to ship him, but his contract is to outrageous for another team to bite. I don’t really think we deserve to make the playoffs this year but hopefully Hank can carry us there. Zuccarello also played a great game last night to add to your list. He was everywhere and I hope he can keep it up. 6 games left, all against teams who are not in the playoff hunt. If they can’t make it in say goodbye to Sather and Torts.

  8. President Charles Logan - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I knew when the Rangers inked Richards to that contract that he was basically headed for the downside of his career , now he’s showing it.

    Far as this continuous Brzy vs Mason debate, there is no debate , the Russian has to go , plain and simple for so many reasons . It’s a tired act .

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