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Rangers feel they didn’t make Mason work hard enough

Apr 25, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

Steve Mason, Scott Hartnell, Luke Schenn, Jakub Voracek, Benoit Pouliot, Marc Staal Steve Mason, Scott Hartnell, Luke Schenn, Jakub Voracek, Benoit Pouliot, Marc Staal

The New York Rangers got 38 shots on goal in Steve Mason‘s first start of the playoffs, including 16 in the first period alone, but they still don’t feel like they challenged him enough in tonight’s 2-1 loss to Philadelphia.

“I think we made it too easy on Mason,” Rangers forward Martin St. Louis said, per ESPN’s Katie Strang.

“We didn’t make it tough enough on Mason in his first game back,” defenseman Ryan McDonagh told Newsday’s Steve Zipay.

Forward Rich Nash argued that too many of the Rangers shots were fired from the outside and they didn’t put enough traffic in front of Mason, according to the Bergen Records’ Andrew Gross. In other words, he feels that the Rangers were lacking when it came to generating quality chances, even if the quantity of shots was there.

At least one Rangers player though was willing to give Mason some credit though.

“I don’t know if he made big save after big save, but he made some big ones,” Brad Richards said, per the Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe.

In particular, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault feels they were lacking on the power play. The Rangers were 0-for-4 with the man advantage and have a 15.0% success rate in the series.

Whether or not the Rangers feel they could have been better, Mason more than earned his first career postseason win tonight. If he continues to perform like he did tonight, then the Flyers have a fair chance of eliminating the Rangers.

With the series tied at 2-2, Game 5 will be played on Sunday.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Really? Idk if that’s just sour grapes but they had countless prime scoring chances and Mason essentially outplayed everyone. What more than 38 shots (a lot of them grade A) can you throw at a goalie?

    “Didn’t make it hard enough”… how bout giving a little credit to the opposing netminder.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      Yeah McDonagh just looks like a cry baby here.

      Give Mason some credit. He stood on his head.

      The Rangers had plenty of quality scoring chances.

      The Flyers were better but they still need to get more quality shots on net.

      It’s a good thing for the Flyers that they didn’t need many quality scoring chances to beat Henry.

  2. bleedrangerblue - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Dude they need to make stories here. Great game. Mason played great. Best of 3. Go Rangers!

  3. poconophlyer - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Jeez, these rags cry more than Crosby. How many PPs did they get so far?

    • 7mantel - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      Where does it say they complained about not getting pp.’s ?

  4. hockeyfan28 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Flyers fans this is what it feels like when your goalie steals a must win playoff game it hasn’t happened to often…..like in some peoples entire lives

  5. bleedrangerblue - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Who is crying?

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      From the quotes in the article, McDonagh and St. Louis come across as huge crybabies.

      Their team had plenty of quality scoring chances against Mason and he saves almost all of them.

      And then they proceed to say, “They made it too easy on him.” instead of giving the opposing goalie a ton of credit that he deserves.

      No one expects the opposing team to erect a shrine to the other goalie when they get out dueled but at least have a little humility.

      McDonagh and St. Louis need to dry their eyes so maybe they can see an answer for Mason on Sunday.

      • 7mantel - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        I would think they meant not quality shots and not having men screening him !

  6. imgoingtowichita - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Guess they didn’t listen to the coach as PHT wrote earlier how coach V outlined the way to beat Mason. According to that article, I thought they would be just waiting to see if they host Columbus or travel to Pitt.

  7. President Charles Logan - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Flyers got outplayed even more then they did in game 3.. mase stood on his head , give em credit

  8. 950003cups - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    They’re right. Next time either shoot 58 SOGs or try lifting one higher than the leg pads.

    I can’t see the rags losing this series. But round ones are always very unpredictable.

    • flyerspsu - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:58 AM

      the flyers tried that shoot everything on net style in game 3 and it didnt work, just accept Mason stole the game and was phenomenal, the Rangers didnt play bad, Mason just played really well

  9. phillyphannnn83 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    I tho we may have just gotten in their heads

  10. stakex - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Mason played good, and made some big saves when he had to. However its not the amount of shots, its the quality… and anyone with half a brain watching this game knows the Rangers failed to muster many quality shots on net.

    This has been a common theme for the Rangers all season. They fire a lot of pucks at the net, and then lose the game because almost all of their shots are of poor quality. I don’t know how many times we had to listen to how amazing this goalie or that goalie played….. when the reality of it was, despite high shot totals, the Rangers gave them an easy night. That was the case here.

    Of course the Flyers deserve some credit for preventing the Rangers from having a lot of quality chances, but when it happens to the same team over and over again…. something else is also going on.

    • maalea - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:12 AM

      After Ranger wins all I hear is how great the Ranger D is because they forced the Flyers to the outside and the Flyers had to take bad angle shots.

      When the Flyers play solid in the slot and force the Rangers outside all I hear is we didn’t make Mason work hard enough.

      Maybe, just maybe, the Flyers played good team defense and (mostly) shut down the middle.

  11. macgrubie - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:49 AM

    Mason has probably consistently been the Flyers most important player all year (granted Giroux had amazing runs, but they weren’t as consistent). They just more confident and their game when he’s in net.

    This is what the serious should be. Let the best team win.

    I’m happy for Mason. He’s a great goalie and thought about leaving the game. I hope he tears it up!!

    Go Flyers!

    • macgrubie - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:52 AM

      series* too many game beers :)

  12. macgrubie - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:50 AM

    Also, while i’m sure he’ll be treated and turn around quickly, it’s big that McDonagh looks to have re-aggravated his shoulder.

  13. flyboystransport - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Mason made three really good saves and made 37 total…..we didn’t make him work hard enough? Funny how same thing happened to the flyers and lundquist is god

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