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Rangers chase Emery, top Flyers for 2-1 series lead

Apr 22, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

Whether it was the right decision or not heading into the game, the bottom line is that Ray Emery eventually found himself on the bench during Tuesday’s eventual 4-1 Game 3 loss to the New York Rangers.

Which means it’s time to let out a sad sigh (if you’re a Flyers fan) and an evil cackle (if you hate the Flyers), as the franchise’s eternal goaltending questions may crop up once again. Fair or not based on the chances he faced, Emery allowed four goals on 20 shots before giving way to Steve Mason with a little less than 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Martin St. Louis is starting to find his offensive groove as his line with Rick Nash and Derek Stepan created quite a bit of offense for the Rangers. (Of course, Daniel Carcillo‘s offense was most … offensive in going up 4-1.)

The bad news might also be a blessing in disguise or the Flyers: Claude Giroux still hasn’t gotten his game together. That’s not ideal, although it provides some room for optimism as Philly is only down 2-1 even as its crucial star has largely been negated by the Rangers.

The Rangers continue to be a strong road team in winning what was an increasingly nasty contest.

The Rangers and Flyers face off in Game 4 on Friday, so Philly has an opportunity to catch its breath and maybe consider some lineup changes. Oh yeah, and Steve Mason gets some time to be truly 100 percent and prepare for what are almost certainly the biggest games of his career.

  1. gnashty - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    And as I said. Ray Emery is inconsistent. He looked average at best. Unfortunate – at times he looks great at times he looks like me playing goalie. Not starting Mason was a horrible decision. He has arguably been the best goalie in a single season for a decade. Emery isn’t as good as him. One thing I know Mase will start game 4 Friday.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      No I don’t think starting Emery was the reason we lost. I don’t disagree that he was very beatable again and that Mason is a better goaltender, but I don’t believe Mason felt well enough to play a full 60. He was there for an emergency and they put him in for garbage time to shake the rust off. Rangers deserved to win, Mason starts game 4. No debate.

      • gnashty - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        While he isn’t the sole blame in this loss he plays a massive role into the loss just like he played a massive role in the win the other day. And as to Mase not being able to play – Emery could have gone done quick he’s an injury prone goalie. There is no doubt Mase was ready they just chose to go with Razor

    • canucks30 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      They’re both inconsistent.

      • flyerspsu - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        Mason has been real consistent this year and is miles better than emery, but Emery definitely isn’t at fault for the loss but he had his bad moments that remind us why he isn’t a #1 goalie

      • canucks30 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        Consistency for Mason may be applicable for this year but his career has been a roller coaster.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        Mason is nowhere close to Razor when it comes to being inconsistent. Not this season. Emery’s 13-14 literally went one good start, one bad start, rotating every other game. And that’s how he’s been this series. Mason just offers far more when it comes to athleticism, flexibility, and the ability to play the puck.

  2. canucks30 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    The Flyers 30 year search for a #1 goalie continues…

    • flyerspsu - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      And the canucks search for a viable NHL team starts when?

      • canucks30 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        I’m not sure “viable” is the right word since the Canucks are one of the NHL’s most valuable franchises and have the longest active sellout streak in the NHL.

        “Consistently competitive” would have been the more operative choice of words.

        Although, I commend you for replying without the cliche riot reference. Good job.

      • flyerspsu - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        Viable means capable of being successful which is what I meant, as in being competitive like you said, the franchise and fan base is very legit, just not the team

      • canucks30 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        Fair enough. Although the word viable has more of a financial and economic connotation to it than successful.

      • flyerspsu - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        Fair enough, we’ll if mason is the real deal in the future as well

      • thesportsjudge - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:26 PM


        When you say “sellout streak” what exactly are you referring to? ;P

    • laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Get a job freaking tool

  3. stakex - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Good game by the Rangers.

    Now I won’t whine about the refs too much since the Rangers have had ample power plays in this series, and some of the calls against the Flyers have been iffy as well… however, that Carcillo penalty was the biggest joke I have ever seen. If there was a more clear case of a ref looking to call a penalty in order to give a team a chance to make things interesting, I’ve never seen it. Glad to see it didn’t end up changing the outcome at all.

    • maalea - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      I think that call was more about the name on the back of the jersey, than the actions of the player.

    • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      So, iffy calls happen not only against Montreal’s opponents? Personally I don’t care that iffy calls happen, but never will I subscribe to the idea that refs are bought out by any team.

      • stakex - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:33 PM

        Well lets be honest… the idea that any team has the refs in their pocket is just stupid.

        My only issue is when the refs make phantom calls late in a game. It happens all the time, and it always seems to favor the team that’s trailing. I’m not saying there is a conspiracy to make games as close as possible to keep the excitement level up, but that’s certainly how some refs call the game. I don’t mean just against the Rangers either, but the league in general.

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        Hmm! I believe that refs use make up calls at times. Not to keep a game close or to give an edge to either team. If a referee got sucked into giving a penalty following a dive, then I believe they would use the make up call to even things up.

        “While it is highly unlikely that a Referee would “invent” an infraction, the hard truth is that while every Referee’s attempted objective is to maintain a “consistent” standard, he might alter that standard to grab a quick penalty with an eye toward fairness. If that meets your definition of an “even-up” call to compensate for an obvious mistake that has been made then so be it.” -Kerry Fraser

    • flyerspsu - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      I think it was the combination of it being a good scoring chance and it being carcillo who btw lost his mind and nearly got a 2nd penalty for arguing

      I wonder if carcillo plays Friday, he scored but took a dumb penalty on giroux and nearly took another for mindlessly arguing in the 3rd after the hooking call

      • moarjam - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        He was arguing so fervently because of how ludicrous the call was…It was terrible. Is he supposed to just smile and go to the box? If you aren’t in position to see it was a blatant stick lift then don’t make a call.

        I’m sure he plays on Friday. He was much more effective than Fasth.

    • 7mantel - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      Years ago the refs swallowed their whistles in the 3rd period !

  4. maalea - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Rangers were the better team, again. Not going to win too many games scoring 1 goal, I don’t care who’s in net.

    Mason is the much better puck handler, so maybe that can help get the puck out of the D zone faster and lead to a better transition game.

    • flyerspsu - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      I think this was the 1st game the rangers really weren’t the better team, they just converted (had some luck too) and had great performance by their special teams

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Ok, first off Emery was average but he wasn’t the reason we lost this game. He didn’t help a ton but he wasn’t completely to blame. The Rangers were a shot blocking machine. And for some reason the Flyers incessantly wound up for slap shots instead of going with quick wristers or snapshots. Hartnell learned and was an inch from scoring. Read and G had prime scoring chances from point blank and neither got a shot off. Unacceptable. While the Rangers deserve a ton of credit the Flyers made zero adjustments. They just kept trying to blast it through a brickwall. At one point in telecast they showed a montage of blocks and EVERY single one was a slapper.

    Atleast there will be no controversy as to who starts game 4. Flyers need to make some serious adjustments and stop waiting til they’re down 2-0 to start playing hard.

    • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      I didn’t see this game tonight, but what you describe sounds like the coach is not doing his job, or the boys are not doing as they are told. Too bad! Flyers had a heck of a year after a poor start.

  6. flyerspsu - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Tough game for the Flyers, didn’t play bad and were probably the better team 5 on 5 but couldn’t convert and the rags did, that was the difference

    hell of a game by the rangers pk, blocked and cut off a ln extremely frustrating amount of shots

    At least we know whos starting in goal from now on

  7. therealtrenches - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    The Flyers squandered all momentum they had going into this game pretty early. Not the look of a team that can challenge for the cup. They fall behind early too often.

  8. sjtorpitt - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Great game by Carcillo.
    Hurt twice which prompted cheers by the classy Philly fans, and then scores and laughs at them while they flip him off.

    • maalea - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      The time he was curled up in a ball, at the blue line, was a total dive.

    • flyerspsu - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      He also put his team shorthanded twice, his goal was a result of him coming out if the box for a break and emery leaving his 5 hole wide open with his stick by his side certainly helped too

      • stakex - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:27 PM

        That one penalty on him was a complete phantom call, and the other was pretty marginal for the playoffs…. don’t think the coaching staff would complain much.

  9. joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Rangers fan shouldn’t be too worried about the outcome of this series. NYR will prevail because of coaching, goaltending, and better d men. Same reasons why Mtl beat TB.

    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.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      And what quote from yourself did you have ready in case the Flyers won?

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        None! Contrary to what you wish to believe, I don’t have contradicting quotes. When I’m wrong I’ll admit it. I didn’t give many chances for the Flyers to make the playoffs, yet they did. However, I did predict that the NYR would finish ahead of the Flyers. Would you like to see that quote? :-) Anyway! Rangers are all over this one.

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        How many of the 4 calls was Coburn on the ice for? Looking forward to seeing the boxscore and videos of the goals.

    • canucks30 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      GTFO blomfeld aka muckleflugga aka Joey4id aka valoisvipers aka slysops aka patthehockeyfan

  10. jkay1818 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Flyerspu, no need to get Into a debate here because it’s exhausting and clearly you’re speaking as a die hard flyers fan, but, better team five on five? You were outscored 4-0 on 5-5 play, yor goal came via 4 on 4. Flyers had more shots but very misleading, nothing of substance aside from a few shots. And before you get Into the post by hartnell, Boyle hit one too. The best save of the night went to emery on the StepAn shot. The rangers put on a show on the PK and zapped the few mins of momentum the crowd and flyers had.

    • flyerspsu - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Let’s agree to disagree, the flyers had control of the puck more but struggled to get pucks through and the rangers played great defense while the rangers had a deflection goal, emery dropping a floater on to stepans stick when there were what 2 rangers total in the zone, and carcillo coming out of the box to create a 2 on 1, but girardis goal was nice

  11. billiam55 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    rangers defense was stellar tonight.

  12. President Charles Logan - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    it does no good trying to get joey kicked off here , he has about 4 other accounts as back up’s

  13. crazemastercraze - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    And reality sets in.

  14. phillysports1 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    To all my FLYERS Phans, do not panic.

  15. johnstone17 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Big Mac & Hank looked their best so far tonight.

  16. barkar942 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    In honor of our missing friend, Blom.
    I was thoroughly amazed when I started out watching a raucous hockey game, and after Carcillo scored, we were all immediately transferred to a Simon and Garfunkel concert.

  17. laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Razor…….a valiant effort but the blade is just a bit dull

    Blueshirts……..Defense wins baby

    Giroux……see Blueshirt above

    Think they’ll get a win Friday and make this a long back and forth series

    Freaking Carbomb…….unreal

    • ibieiniid - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      have you been attending the muckle school of learning and debauchery? no, your post wasn’t long enough.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        What would you prefer for future reference sir?

      • ibieiniid - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        oh i wasn’t bashing you man. your post just had the formatting of an original muckle.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        Gotcha……try to avoid rambling sentences.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        ….it’s more the ellipses…..

        …..and lines between each sentence

  18. kastout11 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Emery gave up 3 soft goals that he should have stopped and he would love to have back. The Flyers outplayed the Rangers and with better goaltending could have won the game. Now, here comes all the second guessing about goaltending. Everyone agrees, Mason is the better goaltender, but if Berube started Mason last night and they were beaten, Berube would have been crucified for sitting a “hot” goaltender. I am also tired of people calling Giroux oeverrated. Has he had a great series so far? No, but he is also being matched up against one of the best 3 or 4 defense pairings in the NHL. He also has 2 assists and is a plus-3 in three games. He also had the steal that led to the Flyers lone goal last night. Yes, I think everyone wants him to do more and becasue he is one of the top 5-10 players in the world, we expect more. The crisicism should be on the #2 line that has done nothing so far this series, and they are not being matched up against McDonaugh and Girardi.

  19. toiletclown - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    They are who we thought they wrere! What a captain Claude Girwho? is. Rangers in 5 boyyy!

    • ibieiniid - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      lol no. YOU thought they wouldn’t make playoffs, and told us to mark it down. well, I mentally marked it, and you were wrong. who you thought they were? no. you know nothing about who the Flyers are as you haven’t had a complete thought about hockey since… well… ever.

  20. nashernation - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    That was one of the best special team performances I’ve seen in this game. Girardi and Boyle had great games. St Louis is starting to look scary good on the top line.

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