VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — A tag-team goalie tandem helped a Philadelphia Flyers strech a Stanley Cup Finals 4 years ago. They wish it gets them by a initial turn this spring.
Steve Mason will start Friday night when a Flyers horde a New York Rangers in Game 4 of their first-round playoff array Friday night. The Rangers lead a best-of-seven Eastern Conference array 2-1.
Ray Emery started a initial 3 games for Mason, who postulated an upper-body damage on Apr 12. Mason played a final 7:15 in a 4-1 detriment Tuesday night, interlude all 3 shots he faced.
“I felt unequivocally sharp, generally on a energy play things there,” Mason pronounced after Thursday’s practice. “I was relocating well, saying a pucks by screens. If that’s a gauge, we feel flattering good.”
The Flyers rode a multiple of Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton to a finals in 2010 before losing to Chicago in 6 games. Boucher started a initial 10 games, though was transposed by Leighton after removing harmed during Philadelphia’s quip from a 3-0 array necessity opposite Boston in a second round. Boucher and Leighton played opposite a Blackhawks.
“I know they were going by opposite injuries, though we don’t know if guys were personification adult to par,” Mason said, referring to a Boucher-Leighton tandem. “We don’t unequivocally concentration on what’s happened in a past.”
Mason hasn’t started a playoff diversion in 5 years given his rookie deteriorate with Columbus. The Blue Jackets were swept by Detroit in that series, so Mason is still looking for his initial playoff win.
He could assistance a Flyers with some-more than usually his opening in goal. Mason is a learned stickhandler and he can get a offense going on breakouts.
“You demeanour during ways that we can assistance out your defensemen,” he said. “Help to transition into a dermatitis a small bit smoother and spend reduction time in a possess zone. If that’s something that we can assistance out on, it’ll be a advantage to us.”
The Rangers will be prepared for him. They jumped on Emery for a 2-0 first-period lead in a past dual games. The Flyers rallied for a 4-2 win in Game 2, though couldn’t solve New York’s clever invulnerability in Game 3.
“We went by a same credentials on Mason as we went by with Emery,” Rangers manager Alain Vigneault said. “We know what to design from him, and we know a areas that we need to go after him. We tested Emery and we’re going to try to exam Mason, no doubt.”
The Rangers have no questions about their goaltending. Henrik Lundqvist, an eight-time All-Star and 2012 Vezina Trophy winner, has stopped 66 of 71 shots he’s faced. There are copiousness of shots that haven’t reached him since of an inflexible invulnerability in front of him. The Rangers have blocked 57 shots, including 28 in Game 3.
“We know they are going to come hard, so we have to be prepared for that,” Lundqvist said. “We have to be focused and play a intelligent game.”
Avoiding penalties is critical for both teams, nonetheless a Flyers have struggled on a energy play during home. They were 0 for 5 in Game 3.
“We’re going to have to be a lot improved than we were, a lot some-more disciplined. That’s a focus,” New York’s Brad Richards said.
The Flyers worked on ways to urge their energy play during practice. Claude Giroux, who has usually dual shots, rubbed a puck reduction while Jakub Voracek was a playmaker. His purpose will be anticipating ways to get Giroux some-more shots.
“We have to come adult with something different, something new,” Voracek said. “Be certain to pierce a puck around and do it quicker.”