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Emery states case to remain in Flyers’ net (if Mason can play in Game 3)

Apr 20, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

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When the New York Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the first period and seemed to be on the verge of a 2-0 series lead, the Philadelphia Flyers had a ready-made excuse: Steve Mason was out. As usual, things aren’t that simple in the Flyers net, as Ray Emery bounced back nicely for the 4-2 win.

Cue the drama, then, as the question immediately became about goaltending even in the good times. Precisely, plenty of people wondered if the Flyers should go with Emery even if Mason is good to go against the Rangers in Game 3.

Flyers head coach Craig Berube left the question open to debate after the Game 2 victory, as ESPN reports.

“I’m not really thinking that far ahead,” Berube said.

As weak a 2013-14 season as Emery has had, the 31-year-old isn’t far removed from a fantastic campaign as a backup with the Chicago Blackhawks. He also has more playoff experience than Mason, 25, if that means something to you.

It’s clear that Emery has the Flyers’ respect, whether he’s in net in Game 3 or not.

“He’s a battler. Always has been,” said Berube. “I’ve known Ray for a while. We had him here before. He stayed with it. He’s very good at that. He’s a true pro.”

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    KEEP EM IN THERE MASON IS AFRAID OF THE PLAYOFFS

  2. chrisk61 - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    go with emery in gm 3. berube will. it is the smart move and berube presses the right buttons. flyers will spin it and say mason still isn’t completely ready.

    emery won gm 2 — along with the flyers forwards, who finally showed up — and has 2 periods of shut out hockey going. let him keep going. ride the hot goalie.

    • flyerspsu - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Emery had 1 great game and an alright one before that, that is hardly a hot streak, in Mason’s last 20 starts he is 14-4-2 with a .924 sv %, thats a hot streak

      everyone appreciates how Emery stepped in and played real solid, great in the last game, but Mason is the far superior goalie and showcased that all year, you got to go with him if hes healthy

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        As if I didn’t hate the Pens before, knocking out Mason right before the playoffs just added another layer of contempt. Emery has performed admirably but it’s clear that Mason has far better physical skills. Mental toughness? Maybe not, but Mason is the Flyers guy for the next few years; he needs to experience the playoffs again at some point. And starting out at home could keep his confidence up. The Rangers know that if they get Emery moving laterally, post to post, he’s very beatable. Mason is far quicker and much more flexible. Gotta go with the #1, long term guy.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      I think. You really like. Using periods.

  3. eaglesfan036 - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Emery played as well as he possibly could and I give him full credit for battling and putting together a solid game. However, there is no goalie controversy if Steve Mason if healthy, Mason is clearly the better goalie. Emery unfortunately has awful movement across the crease due to his hip surgeries.

  4. tcclark - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Nope. Doesn’t move side to side quickly enough and he gives up too many rebounds. Go with Mason. He’s been strong all year.

  5. flyerspsu - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    if Mason is healthy you play him, Emery played great today and was crucial in the win, but Mason is the guy, he was signed long term as the guy, he was phenomenal down the stretch stealing games left and right and is a goalie that can get hot and take the Flyers far, i dont think you can say the same about Emery

    since the olympic break Mason is 14-4-2 with a .924 sv % and wins over LA, San Jose, St Louis, Colorado, New York, Pitt (3) and Dallas

    Emery is a great back up who did exactly what we wanted out of him, to be solid and hold down the fort while Mason is out, he did exactly that, but that doesnt mean all the sudden he steps in front of Mason on the depth chart

  6. harleydad - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    If your #1 goalie (Mason) is healthy, why would you play your #2 goalie? If Mason is healthy, you play Mason. That’s why he is the #1 goalie. It is his play that got the Flyers to the playoffs. Not taking anything away from Emery-he played well in game 2, and he played like a backup in game 1. But, you go with your #1. Would you bench Giroux to play Akeson, simply because Akeson scored a goal in game 2 and Giroux didn’t score or have a SOG?

  7. mcphillthy - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Yeah I agree with you all. Mason is our guy. If he is healthy we go with him.

  8. broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Nope, gotta go with the hot hand. Keep Razor in. I’ll admit his east west is not the greatest since his surgery, but he is playing great right now. If he get proper puck support from the team he’ll do fine.

  9. theref55 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Where is toiletclown hiding this morning?

  10. kastout11 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    tclark nailed it on the head. I like Emery and he is an excellent backup, but unlike Mason, he does not move side to side quick enough. I think Mason might have stopped a couple of the goals the Rangers scored in games 1 and 2 because he moves side to side a lot quicker than Emery. If Mason is not 100%, I think they should stick with Emery, but if Maon is healthy, Berube should go with him.

  11. therealtrenches - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    You go with the hot guy until he cools off. That way, there’s no doubts in the back of anyone’s mind. The game is as much about the mental edges as it is talent. And everybody knows what happens in the playoffs if a goalie gets hot. It’s better for everyone involved if they leave Emery in until he starts to look shaky. And at the first sign of shakiness, you go back to your number one. It’s a good problem to have if you play it this way.

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