NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In danger of facing elimination heading back to Madison Square Garden, the Philadelphia Flyers are making a change between the pipes for Friday’s Game 4 of their first-round series with the Rangers.
It’s Steve Mason’s net, again.
Despite being outshot 20-10 over the final two periods on Tuesday, the Rangers grabbed a 2-1 series lead with a 4-1 win in Philadelphia.
Ray Emery started the first three games for the Flyers, but was pulled in favor of Mason the third period of Game 3. Emery played very well in the Flyers’ Game 2 win in New York, stopping 31 of 33 shots, but has a 3.49 goals-against average and anemic .888 save percentage in the series.
That kind of overall play likely won’t get it done and the Flyers know it.
Mason, who missed the first two games of this series with an upper body injury, had a very good regular season, posting 33 wins, a 2.50 GAA and .917 save percentage. The 25-year-old netminder is 0-4 in his playoff career, last starting a postseason game in 2009 for Columbus.
Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, a guest on WFAN with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Thursday, said the Blueshirts’ mindset cannot change.
“We put a lot of pucks on Emery in Game 3 and it turned into some success for us and we will have to do the same to Mason — mix it up, put some traffic on him and definitely gotta get to the second and third opportunities,” McDonagh said.