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Emery to start Game 1 versus Rangers

Apr 16, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery deflects the puck over his head during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek) AP

From our friends at CSN Philly:

In the back of his mind, Ray Emery knew there was a chance he would be in net for the playoffs.

Those suspicions were confirmed Wednesday, when Flyers coach Craig Berube announced that Steve Mason will miss Game 1 of the Flyers’ divisional semifinal series against the New York Rangers Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

Emery will get the start in goal.

Berube wouldn’t go into detail about what was wrong with Mason (injured Saturday versus Pittsburgh), saying only, “He’s out.”

So the job, for Game 1 at least, falls to Emery, the 31-year-old backup who finished the regular season with a 9-12-2 record and .903 save percentage.

Emery’s last three appearances weren’t fantastic, as he allowed 10 goals on 85 shots, for a save percentage of .882.

Related: Philly mum on Mason’s availability for Game 1 vs. Rangers

  1. trbowman - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Headline might as well be – ‘Rangers to win game 1 versus Flyers’

    • gnashty - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Emery is a good goalie – a tad bit inconsistent though. I wouldn’t count the Flyers out with Emery in net. It depends which Emery they get though

      • flyerspsu - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        yeah emery isnt bad, can be good, but he can also be really bad, he has brutal rebound control and might be the worst east west goalie in the league, the combination of that can lead to a lot of bad goals

      • bilbono - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        He’s a good goalie, but I lost all respect for him after he pummeled a defenseless Braden Holtby.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:24 PM

        The Flyers NEED excellent transition defense from all five guys on the ice. Philly absolutely cannot allow Emery to face odd-man rushes, bc he’s just not athletic enough anymore to go post to post for a miraculous save (Mason can). Forwards like Raffl, Read, Couturier, G, Hall, and Rinaldo must continue their solid play in the defensive zone. And defenders like Schenn, Grossmann, and Coburn cannot make their typical defensive zone mistakes, otherwise there will be some unnecessary pucks in the back of the net. I still think the Flyers can win with Emery, but I’m hoping Mason is ready for game 2.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      his lack of rebound control will definitely hurt, but IMO, he’s actually played more solid than his numbers tell us this year. if he can track the puck and focus on not leaving shots out on the doorstep, he may surprise people. he doesn’t have the flash, but he’s a pretty decent positional goalie, and has FAR more playoff experience than Mason (’06-07 anyone?). I will say he does need to watch for the slap-passes off the back boards. he’s been horrible at adjusting to those all year.

      • gnashty - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Flyers need to handle theirs in the offensive side. Hit Ryan Mcdonagh hard(legally) and hit him early. Need to score some goals.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        yep, putting the hurtin on him and Girardi will be key. those guys own the Flyers.

    • Meta - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      As much as i dislike your suggested headline, i wouldnt be surprised. Emery hasnt had a good season and was god awful the last time i saw him at MSG.

  2. c9castine - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    hahaha mason what a poon.

    i ran into the door trying to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night last night the impact was harder. maybe i should call off work.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      C9castine, do I really need to post the video of Fleury getting bumped in the head thanks to Brian Gionta and acting like he’d just been sniped? Fleury got a concussion from that play. It doesn’t take much to rattle the brain idiot.

    • cantstandstupid - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      If you ever had a concussion yourself then you would know that once you get them, you are prone to get them in the future and Mason has gotten them before when he was with Columbus. So maybe the impact didn’t look bad to you, but you are judging from what you saw and not what he felt.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      lol what’s a poon?

      • c9castine - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        lol its short for “poonanny” (which i have no idea how to spell) which is a slang term for “pvssy” which is a slang term for “vagina”.

        so i guess what im saying is i really like steve mason.

        see, and those guys got all mad about it.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        I think you meant poon as in short for harpoon, which is an Anti-Ship Missile, or an ASM, which, in my book, stands for awesome Steve Mason.

        In which case, I’m with you on this one.

      • c9castine - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        thats more like it.

  3. gnashty - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Well, now there is only two things to ask. Will he be able to play in this series? If the answer is “yes” then answer the question of “when?”

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    F*** You Jayson Megna!

    • miketoasty - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      As a Pens fan I couldn’t agree more. Guy played a good offensive game in October and November but the last couple of games he played like a goon trying to secure a spot on the roster. Which is idiotic because he was actually playing really well before.

    • bgrillz - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      F you’re entire roster, and city for that matter!

      • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        seriously though, how hard is it to nail down the difference between you’re and your?

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        The difference here is that our roster or city didn’t knock out your #1 netminder (and backbone) right before game 1 of a huge playoff series. So hate away, but your entire fanbase is probably jumping for joy that the chance of meeting the Flyers in round 2 is dwindling with every start he misses.

        Ray Emery is far better than Michael Leighton but idk how far he can take this club.

  5. dropthepuckeh - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Smells like a 6-5 score in game 1….

  6. kastout11 - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Megna might have ended the season for the Flyers. Announcing this early that Mason is out tomorrow is not promising. If they can steal one at MSG with Emery, maybe they get Mason back when they return to Philly. I don’t think the Flyers can beat the Rangers with Emery between the pipes.

  7. barkar942 - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Hey Jason- if Mason is “out”, is he the backup?

    • lilgurgi - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Berube was on 94WIP this morning and said that if Mason couldn’t start he wouldn’t be the backup. He said he would not put Mason in that position if he wasn’t healthy. Heeter is my guess as the backup unless they pull someone else up from the minors out of the blue.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      I found you answer in the link in the first sentence.

      “Steve Mason will not make the trip to New York. He remains day to day with an upper-body injury. Berube called the decision “precautionary.”

      Cal Heeter, who played his first NHL game Sunday against the Hurricanes, will serve as backup goaltender while Mason is out.”

      • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        oh and this little nugglet:

        “Emery is 7-2-0 lifetime against the Rangers, with a 1.87 goals-against average and .936 save percentage.”

  8. toiletclown - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    This is the best news I’ve heard all day. HAHAHA starting it off the way those scum bags should. Down 1-0. Go Rangers!!!!

    • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      way to make it obvious that you’re scared of those scum bags.

      • toiletclown - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        Yea, real scared of a team that didn’t make the playoffs last year and barely slid in this year. Oh, and to mention they have Ray Emery starting in goal. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        ….that’s why you’d rather see the Rangers later in this tourney….

        scared little bi***.

      • toiletclown - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Please son, A healthy Pens roster would embarrass your Flygirls and would win in 6 games against the Rangers. Flyers are no where near the level and skill of the Penguins. Show some respect

      • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        also, I like how this brainless troll didn’t even bother to show up on his own team’s article right before this one. only the Flyers post.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        I guess we’re fortunate your team is made of glass then.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        Toilet Clown your a zero trying to be a one

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        “A healthy Pens roster would embarrass your Flygirls”… I just love how that since the Flyers have had the Pens number it’s ALL bc of injuries. Gimme a break, the Pens have been injured for 5 years and still win 50+ games a year, but it only seems to matter against Philly. I seem to recall Pens fans calling us “Cryers” and “whiners” when we lost Chris Pronger for his career and a season ago when we BARELY missed the playoffs despite playing 14 defensemen, 4 goalies, and countless forward combos. So you’ll forgive me if I don’t buy into your played out “just wait til the Penguins are healthy” argument. Injuries are part of the game, I believe that’s what many Pens fans said last season, so take your own advice.

        The Red Wings had arguably the worst injury luck I’ve ever seen this season, but it doesn’t matter. They’re confident and dangerous. The Pens have their issues but they’re scared… of the Flyers and of the constant weight of high expectations that they just cant seem to overcome. Just ask MA Fleury.

    • 7mantel - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Do us NYR fans a favor don’t associate yourself with the Rangers !

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        Thank you, good luck in what should be a hell of a series. Here’s to hoping it goes 7 and maybe even a little extra.

      • 7mantel - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        Everyone had our teams dead n buried in nov ! That’s why it would be poetic justice if one of our teams won the cup !

      • mcphillthy - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        The metro went from garbage to having two dark horse teams that other teams are worried about. This should be a great series. All of the match ups look good, honestly.

      • 7mantel - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        Agree totally ! Wish you luck but not good luck for now !

    • laxman1944 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:46 PM


  9. flyerspsu - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Huge blow for the Flyers, Emery has had some solid games, a couple real good ones too, but he is one of the worst east west goalies in the league and as a result he can look really bad and give up some really bad goals

    also F**K you Megma

    • toiletclown - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Megma eh? Typical Philadelphian education systems.

      • flyerspsu - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        you got me! im an idiot, i misspelled a player on the penguins, i wish i could be as smart as you toiletclown, can you teach me your brilliant ways?

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        Toilet Yinzer

      • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        no no no. Megma works. just add an S to the beginning. (toiletclown, you’ll have to look that one up. I’d bet you’re very familiar with the substance, but I’m 100% sure you don’t know what it’s called, seeing as how you’re a moron.)

      • toiletclown - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        Do you have to post on this site with that scum talk? Typical.. You prove my point every time. Cheers!

      • sully7184 - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        ibi…Thanks…Made me laugh for the first time today. YOU’RE a funny guy with YOUR jokes.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:47 PM


  10. sjsharks66 - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    I am still shocked that he was this badly injured from that collision.. We see guys getting pushed into goalies all the time. I guess some players just have better luck of avoiding injuries then others.

  11. chrisk61 - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    i wouldn’t hand gm 1 to nyr just because emery is playing. he is a bigger, more physical presence than mason. this change of pace may negatively affect rangers. but yes emery’s recent lack of rebound control could be an issue.

    key for flyerr will be if forwards can produce, not so much emery. probably need 4 goals to win gm.

  12. kastout11 - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    I just heard Roenick on 97.5, and it sounded like he thinks Emery is a good decision even if Mason is healthy. It sounded like he didn’t even know Mason was hurt and Berube went with Emery over Mason for game 1 because of experience and his success against the Rangers.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      lmao, sounds like JR to me.

  13. bricktop02 - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    The flyers have beaten a healthy penguins team a number of times. You assclown.

    • toiletclown - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      How funny was it when the Pens turned the tables on the Flyers in 09′ with just a finger over the mouth. Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh brah

      • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        he passes 2012 to visit 2009. classic toiletclown

      • sully7184 - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        Remember how Sidney embarrassed himself by pulling Hartnell’s hair? Remember him pushing Voracek’s glove and then the post-game interview where he became the laughing-stock of the entire league with his squeaky tough-guy voice: “I don’t like him….Because I don’t like anyone on their team!” HAHAHA!
        Why would God bestow so much talent to such a tool? Such a waste.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        About as funny as when keith primeau scored that overtime goal

      • laxman1944 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:49 PM


    • toiletclown - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:12 PM


      • coopjr - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        1st shift

      • laxman1944 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM


      • cheesesteak75 - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:30 PM


  14. joey4id - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    As in the Mtl/TB match up the team that will prevail is the team with the better goalie. Lundqvist and Price are the superior goalies in their respective series. NYR and Montreal also have the more experienced coach, and NYR as the better d over their opponent.

    • sully7184 - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      I agree that the NYR have the better D and more experienced Goalie. PHL has the better O. This should be a very competitive series. Can’t wait. Flyers in 7 at MSG.

  15. 7mantel - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    NYR / FLYERS series will be exciting ! Pulling for a Ranger victory !

    • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      the edge of my seat is gonna get a serious look at my sphincter these next 2 weeks.

      • 7mantel - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        Better get yourself one of those donut cushions .

  16. muckleflugga - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:10 PM


    moreso than countless views offered-up down at the navy yards of a rambunctious saturday night …?

    • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      god damnit muckle. living 5 mins from about 100 Norfolk, VA navy yards, it’s so GEOGRAPHICALLY correct, I can’t even rebut that.

      but ya, those Navy WOMEN can get it.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        …not referring to my sphincter.

  17. penvik - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    From a pens fan, go Rangers!! Would much rather play you guys in the second round. Flyers are kryptonite

  18. muckleflugga - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:53 PM


    no … it was a cheap shot … we are regrettably, unable to retrieve trash to trashy for trash talk on afterthought

    good comeback … classy where a beating over the head was deserved


  19. bleedrangerblue - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    @penvik. I knew pens fans would cheer for the Rangers!!!

  20. phillyphannnn83 - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    I like it, but only for one game. The rest of the team will step up because Mase is out.

    4-2 Flyers(EN)

  21. bricktop02 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:49 PM

  22. President Charles Logan - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Philadelphia’s last 4 Professional Sports Team’s Titles

    1975 Flyers…. 1980 Phillies.. 1983 Sixers .. 2008 Phillies

    What happened basically from the mid 1980’s all the way to the late 2000’s to all your teams? .. I do gotta say that 1987 Flyer Squad on paper were so over matched skill wise to those Edmonton Oilers and the fact that they took them to 7 games was impressive.

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