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There is No Goalie Controversy for the Philadelphia Flyers

April 23rd, 2014 at 12:16 PM
By Tyler Ruby

After Ray Emery's performance in Game 3 against the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers head coach Craig Berube has the easy decision of putting Steve Mason in net for Friday's Game 4.

In the first two games, Emery didn't play poorly at all. In fact, Emery was instrumental in the Flyers' victory in Game 2. He played so well that many were speculating on whether the Flyers would ride the hot hand. Not after Game 3. Maybe it was the Flyers being cautious with Mason, but he was dressed and the backup to Emery in Game 3. Well, the Flyers lost 4-1, and Emery gave up three relatively easy goals, the first being four minutes into the game after a shot he should have gloved came loose, and it was put away for a rebound goal. The other ones came from a Dan Girardi shot from the point, and the other came from Daniel Carcillo as he snuck one through Emery's five-hole to put the game out of reach.

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Philadelphia Flyers Look to Take Series Lead Against the New York Rangers

April 22nd, 2014 at 5:57 PM
By Tyler Ruby

With the Philadelphia Flyers stealing home-ice advantage from the New York Rangers on Sunday, they now return home to the Wells Fargo Center where they have a chance to put a strangle-hold on the series.

The Flyers got much-needed win in Madison Square Garden Sunday, and they looked like a completely opposite team that showed up in Game 1. They were able to sustain offensive pressure due to their increased forecheck, and although they only had two power plays the entire game, it looked much improved since Game 1. 

A goalie controversy will have to wait at least one more game as Ray Emery gets the start in net after a strong Game 2 performance. The starter, Steve Mason, won't be ready until Friday at the earliest, so his status is probably depending on how the Flyers and Emery perform tonight. Emery has actually played well in both games even though he gave up six goals. Maybe only one of those goals could have been stopped, but the main culprit was the Flyers defense, which allowed the Rangers to utilize cross-ice passes without any determent whatsoever. There's only so much that a goalie can do in those situations.

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Ray Emery Keys Philadelphia Flyers’ Game 2 Victory

April 20th, 2014 at 6:23 PM
By Tyler Ruby

The Philadelphia Flyers headed into Game 2 at Madison Square Garden in a must-win situation, and they came through with a 4-2 victory against the New York Rangers, snapping a three-year losing streak at the World's Most Famous Arena. 

Within the first 10 minutes of the game, the game seemed to be going down an all too familiar path as the Flyers saw themselves down 2-0 after Martin St. Louis and Benoit Pouliot scored off of one-times from the same spot on the ice. But a single goal by Jakub Voracek changed the momentum of the game. After receiving a pass from Hartnell, Voracek used his speed to beat Ryan McDonagh, the Rangers' top defenseman, on the outside to beat Henrik Lundqvist.

The game had changed. At the start of the second period, the Flyers were playing differently. They were playing with urgency and passion, establishing the forecheck and turning the game into a physical war. Not to mention that Ray Emery stood on his head in the second period. He made big save after big save to prevent the Rangers from scoring the next goal. He played so well in fact that the question that now faces head coach Craig Berube is whether Emery or Steve Mason will start Game 2 on Tuesday.

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Philadelphia Flyers Face Crucial Test in Game 2 Against the New York Rangers

April 19th, 2014 at 7:46 PM
By Tyler Ruby

The Philadelphia Flyers enter a must-win scenario in an Easter Sunday matinee against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden

Already down 1-0 in the series, the Flyers must right the ship after being thoroughly dominated in Game 1. But most importantly, the Flyers need to prove to themselves that they can win at MSG. They have lost their last nine games there, and a win against the Rangers Sunday could also plant a seed of doubt in the Rangers' minds, especially heading back to the Wells Fargo Center, where the Flyers have had plenty of success this year.

If the Flyers are going to win this game, it's going to come down to the grinders: Wayne Simmonds, Scott Hartnell, etc. Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek will be receiving a lot of attention from Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi, and while they preoccupied with each other, players like Simmonds, Hartnell and Matt Read are going to be responsible for scoring the goals. That's how the Flyers are going to beat Henrik Lundqvist anyway. Dirty goals with traffic in front of the net are most effective with Lundqvist because most of the time if he sees it, he will stop it. That's how Andrew MacDonald scored the lone goal for the Flyers in Game 1. They need to get more shots on goal because 16 shots is just not going to cut it against a top team like the Rangers.

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Philadelphia Flyers Drop Game 1 to the New York Rangers

April 17th, 2014 at 10:01 PM
By Tyler Ruby

The Philadelphia Flyers lost Game 1 against the New York Rangers Thursday Night, and they are now winless in their last nine visits to Madison Square Garden.

Now, Game 2 becomes a must-win game for the Flyers. They can't go down 0-2 to the Rangers, no matter how good the Flyers are at home. But most importantly, the Flyers need the confidence to know that they can win in that building because they were thoroughly dominated in Game 1.

Without Steve Mason in net, it was Ray Emery making the start, and the talk was all about whether or not he could fill in for Mason. He played well tonight, and he was not the reason the Flyers lost. It was the offense, or lack of one that cost the Flyers this game.

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The Flyers were outshot 36-15, but somehow they were still in the game until there was 10 minutes left in the third period. But Jason Akeson was called for a double minor after he caught Carl Hagelin with his stick during a hit along the boards. Brad Richards and Derek Stepan capitalized on that power play to put the game out of reach. With the way the Flyers were playing, there was no way that they were going to come back from two goals down with eight minutes left.

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