VOORHEES, N.J. - There's no goaltender controversy here. Ray Emery is back in net for the Flyers for Tuesday night's Game 3 in Philadelphia, Steve Mason remains sidelined by an undisclosed upper-body injury and the Flyers feel good about their self-appointed "Band-Aid" trying to backstop them to a series lead on their own ice.
"You know how you feel when you're done [with] practice," Mason said after he worked for roughly 45 minutes on the ice with his teammates at the Flyers Skate Zone. "I feel good with the goaltending part of the practice, but there's other things that are affecting the decision."
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Mason also realizes there's no reason to rush back after Emery's 31-save performance in the Flyers' 4-2 win Sunday. "The way Razor's playing, there's no hurry," he said. "He's the reason we won [Game 2]. Even if I was ready, there's no reason to take him out now."
Emery's ups and downs throughout his career -- going from Stanley Cup Final starter with the Senators in 2007 to the KHL two seasons later because of numerous incidents, followed by a recovery from avascular necrosis in his right hip -- seem to have him in a calm place now.
"I just want to come in and play the best I can, be kind of a Band-Aid there while [Mason] gets better," he said. "It's been a while since I played a series. I appreciate being in there."
The Flyers managed to turn Game 2 around with some opportunistic play and the ability to kill penalties. The Rangers still held a 65-44 edge in attempted shots, thanks largely to another big edge in power plays.
"We've had four [power plays] and they've had 12," Andrew MacDonald said. "That's obviously too many penalties on our part, and we've talked about that. Eventually it's going to bite you."
And that 12-4 edge for the Rangers includes two rare calls for embellishment in Game 2, one on Mats Zuccarello after a shove from MacDonald and one on Derek Dorsett on Wayne Simmonds' crosscheck after the whistle.
"They have a good power play, and everyone wants to try and get them," Claude Giroux said. "It's not for me to say whether they're diving. That's for the refs."
Notes & quotes: MacDonald, who took a deflected puck off his mouth in Game 2, said he is fine. While with the Islanders in November, MacDonald suffered a broken jaw when hit in the face by a puck during practice. He didn't miss any time but was forced to wear a full face shield. He said he won't need that for Game 3.