The New York Rangers wanted to make life harder on Flyers goaltender Steve Mason after they were held to one goal in Game 5. They succeeded this afternoon in their 4-2 victory over the Flyers.
Mason stopped just 18 of 21 shots and that’s not including the break he arguably caught when a fast whistle spared him from conceding another goal.
The Rangers climbed to a three goal lead with thanks to Marc Staal, Brad Richards, and Dominic Moore, but the Flyers made things interesting before time ran out.
Vincent Lecavalier got Philadelphia on the board with just 33 seconds remaining in the second period.
Claude Giroux netted his first goal of the playoffs to narrow the lead to one, but only 1:29 minutes remained in the contest. If nothing else, that goal prevented Ricahrds from getting his second game-winner of the series. The Rangers forward set the NHL record for the most game-winning goals in a single postseason with seven when he was with the Tampa Bay Lightning during their 2004 Stanley Cup run.
St. Louis also picked up an assist for the Rangers, which means that three of the main contributors for that 2004 Lightning squad finish the game with a point for the first time in this series.
Rangers forward Brian Boyle collected the empty netter to squash the Flyers’ comeback.
New York now has a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 will be played in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t impressed with at least two things last night in Arizona:
1. His team’s performance in a 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
2. The atmosphere inside Gila River Arena, where the announced attendance was just 11,578.
“It’s hard. When you come into a building … it’s dead,” Getzlaf told the O.C. Register. “Nothing against the fans. It’s hard to fill a big building like this and have the amount of people in it to build your energy. So you have to do it yourself. You have to be ready when you step on the ice. I thought we came out flat.”
Anaheim’s record fell to 8-11-4 with the defeat.
The Coyotes’ average attendance also fell, to 13,144 in eight games.
Like Frank Corrado (see here), Tomas Jurco (see here), Stanislav Galiev (see here), and Patrik Nemeth (see here) before him, Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi is off to the AHL for a conditioning stint.
Tinordi, 23, has yet to play a single game for the Habs this season; however, because he’s no longer exempt from waivers, the former first-round pick has remained on Montreal’s roster.
It’s an issue that’s received a good deal of attention lately. Some believe the league should do something about it, lest more young players get “stuck” in the NHL.
Tinordi will only be allowed to spend two weeks in St. John’s, as per the rules of his conditioning loan.
Safe to say, if you’re an NHL general manager who thinks Tinordi still has potential, Marc Bergevin would welcome your best offer.
Kari Lehtonen will miss at least a few games with the upper-body injury he suffered the other night against Ottawa. The Dallas Stars announced today that they’ve placed the 32-year-old goalie on injured reserve, retroactive to Tuesday.
With Lehtonen out, Jack Campbell has been called up from AHL Texas to be Antti Niemi‘s backup. The Stars host Vancouver Friday, with a game at Minnesota Saturday.
Campbell, the 11th overall pick in the 2010 draft, has struggled in the AHL this season, going 3-3-0 with an .873 save percentage.
The Stars have also recalled defenseman Patrik Nemeth after the 23-year-old completed his 14-day conditioning assignment.
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Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
Gleason started last season with Carolina before he was traded to Washington in February.
In his career, he’s played 727 NHL games, plus 32 more in the playoffs.