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Flyers to start Emery in Game 3, Mason won’t dress

Apr 21, 2014, 1:34 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

The Philadelphia Flyers will be without their No. 1 goalie for the third straight playoff game on Tuesday, as Steve Mason won’t dress against the Rangers.

Mason, still dealing with the effects of a collision against Pittsburgh 10 days ago, will watch from the press box as Ray Emery gets the nod in Game 3. Emery was solid in Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Blueshirts, stopping 31 of 33 shots.

Mason has taken to the ice on occasion throughout the last week and was back on again today, but told CSN Philly he still didn’t feel he was where he needed to be.

At this stage of the game, though, one has to wonder if Mason would jump right back into the starter’s role even when healthy — he’s only played once since Apr. 8 (the aforementioned game against Pittsburgh) and Emery does have a serious advantage in terms of postseason experience. The 31-year-old backstopped Ottawa to the ’07 Cup Final and was Anaheim’s starter in a six-game loss to Nashville during the opening round of the 2011 playoffs.


  1. ibieiniid - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Flyers goaltending!

    • ibieiniid - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      lol how was this comment interpreted to get so many downthumbs?

    • joey4id - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Hey! Where you been? Haven’t seen you around since game one…..

      Them stubborn Flyers just refuse to lose. I almost like them to beat the Rangers… almost.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:01 AM

        it’s weird. from time to time, the place I go everyday to peruse PHT gives me tasks to do. these occurrences have been happening a lot in the past couple weeks. THEY call it a job, I call it interfering with my hockey fandom.

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        Yikes! A job! Hate when that takes precedence over anything related to hockey. Screw them. Look for a job with more money, and less work.

  2. chrisk61 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    emery is on a roll. 2 periods of shut out hockey and counting. let’s hope he continues it at home. if so flyers may ride him much longer.

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Damn you Megna! Emery’s been solid but he’s still very beatable going post to post/up high and the Rangers clearly know this. Defense needs to keep the passing lanes congested.

    • barkar942 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Rangers fan here. Emery has looked good both games. PK killed Flyers game one, lack of effort from the Rangers killed them game 2. Rangers were bad in front of Lundqvist game 2. Flyers were much better in front of Emery game 2.
      Good series. (p.s.-refs have been absolutely horrible. I must have seen twenty different slashes across the arms and hands on both sides.)

      • bigdong28 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        the embellishment by the Rangers man…that’s pretty bad. I agree calls were bad on both sides but game 2 you guys got a bit of home cooking mixed with idiotic penalties. That early holding on simmonds was laughable tho. The refs in all the series have been bad tho.

  4. hockey412 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Good game last time, Simmonds looked like a train on the empty-netter – but anyone concerned about the discipline the first 2 games? 6 PK’s in both games (I think the series is like 12 NYR PP’s to 4 for the Flyers or something) is too many. Unless you’re playing the Pens in which case it’s evidently advantageous for other teams to be on the PK.

  5. toiletclown - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Peaked in game 2. All down hill from now “Flyboys”

    • evgenishrek - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      Toilet man is right. Flyers going down time for you flyers fans to jump on pens bandwagon like rest of our fans.

      • maalea - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        The Pens bandwagon will be sunk in the confluence before May day.

      • iwt5007 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        HAHA pens so good, you jump on pens bandwagon, no other team like pens…..Man forget your bandwagon, see you in Round 2…cletus!

    • narfmoo12 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Worry about your own goalie and how your PP has given up 2 shorties in 2 games

    • philafly - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Can no Penguins fan form a coherent thought? You should be embarrassed by your inability to write a complete sentence.

      • yougotgirouxed - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Western PA man…That’s the only explanation…

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      CommodeClown… Columbus hasn’t peaked yet and the series is tied going back to their barn ahahahahahahahha !

    • laxman1944 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:17 PM


  6. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Just as well, they weren’t going back to Mason in this series anyway.

  7. phillysports1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Jump on pens bandwagon? Are you smoking the same thing Khalifa is smoking ?

  8. iwt5007 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    For all the Pens fans that comment on the Philly goal-tending situation, you would think they’d have Tukka Rask between their pipes, oh oh oh the Flower oh oh oh Vokuon…smh

  9. bleedrangerblue - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    You think the referees are bad in Rangers flyers series? You should of seen last nights Montrel TB game. Wow!! Horrible. LGR!!!

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