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.
Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.
Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.
The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.
A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.
With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.
Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.
Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.
When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.
“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”
It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.
While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.