Video: Flyers lose Mason again to lower-body injury


The Philadelphia Flyers were starting to look like a team that might claw their way back into the playoff picture after going 5-1-1 in their last seven games. However, their comeback potential came into serious question this afternoon the moment goaltender Steve Mason limped towards the tunnel.

He appeared to suffer the ailment while stretching during a pause in play, as you can see below:

Philadelphia has called it a lower-body injury and confirmed that Mason won’t return before the end of the contest. Mason has already spent two stints on the sidelines this season due to back and knee problems.

In the past Rob Zepp has been called up to help fill the void, but that might not be an option this time as the 33-year-old goaltender was hurt on Saturday, per the Philadelphia Daily News. The Flyers might instead turn to Anthony Stolarz, although the 20-year-old has no NHL experience and only has 21 AHL contests under his belt.

Ray Emery, who has a 3.38 GAA and .887 save percentage in 20 games in 2014-15, entered Sunday’s game against Washington in relief of Mason. He surrendered a goal to Alex Ovechkin shortly after entering the contest.

Video: Simmonds’ shootout winner lifts the Flyers over the Coyotes


Wayne Simmonds had the lone shootout goal as the Flyers battled back for a 4-3 win over the Coyotes Tuesday night.

Philly has now won two straight shootout contests after starting the season 0-5.

Arizona opened a 2-0 lead scoring two goals on their first four shots chasing Flyers’ starter Ray Emery.

Connor Murphy and Martin Erat scored in a 2:17 span of the first period forcing Craig Berube to make a goaltending change.

Steve Mason made 22 saves in relief of Emery to improve to 9-12-6 on the season.

Simonds got the Flyers on the board near the midway mark of the first period and R.J. Umberger tied it 2-2 in the second.

Michael Del Zotto scored his fourth of the season at 18:59 of the middle frame briefly giving Philly a 3-2 lead.

However, 23 seconds later, Tobias Rieder tied it 3-3.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan had to assists in the loss.

Mike Smith made 39 saves.

Arizona doubled up Philadelphia 4-2 on Dec. 29 in the only other meeting between the two clubs this season.

Video: Mason replaces Emery in the Flyers’ net


Goaltender Ray Emery had a tough return from the All-Star break.

The Flyers’ starter allowed two goals on the first four shots of the game and was replaced by Steve Mason just 5:50 into the first period.

Connor Murphy opened the scoring for the Arizona Coyotes with his third of the season and Martin Erat netted his seventh in a 2:17 span.

Flyers’ coach Craig Berube had seen enough sending Mason in for Emery.

Mason is making his first appearance since Jan. 10 when he left Philadelphia’s game against Boston with a lower body injury.

Goalie nods: Greiss starts for Pens, which has nothing to do with Fleury getting lit up at the All-Star Game

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Extinguishing fire before it starts

Thomas Greiss will be in goal for Pittsburgh tonight when the Pens host the Jets at Consol for their first game out of the All-Stark break.

In a related move, let’s throw cold water on a potential goaltending controversy.

Fleury is slated to start tomorrow in Washington on Rivalry Night (NBCSN, 8 p.m. ET), so Greiss gets the first — and, theoretically, less “important” — start of a back-to-back. It also gives Fleury an additional day off following a rough time in Columbus.

Fleury, as you may recall, struggled during the All-Star Game, allowing seven goals on 16 shots in the second period for a .562 save percentage. He was the recipient of a Bronx Cheer from the Nationwide faithful, and visibly displeased about how things went.

Here’s more, from Brough’s piece following the game:

Did it bother him?

“A little bit. I was getting a little mad,” he admitted. “You want to have some fun, but when you’re a goalie it’s frustrating when it goes in, right? I laughed for a few, and a few…”

He didn’t laugh.

That being said, Fleury wasn’t all that upset when the sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena, home of the Blue Jackets, started giving him the gears.

“It’s a good thing, because (it means) we beat them in the playoffs last year,” he said.

And when asked what he remembered, specifically, about the Columbus crowd in those playoffs?

“I remember them being quiet in the end when we won,” he cracked.

For Winnipeg, Ondrej Pavelec gets the start in goal.


Rangers at Isles: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Jaroslav Halak

Coyotes at Flyers: Ray Emery for Philly, no word yet on an Arizona starter.

Caps at Blue Jackets: Braden Holtby vs. Curtis McElhinney

Red Wings at Panthers: Petr Mrazek vs. Roberto Luongo

Stars at Habs: Carey Price for Montreal, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Bolts at ‘Canes: Ben Bishop vs. Anton Khudobin

Avs at Preds: Carter Hutton likely for Nashville, no word yet on a Colorado starter.

Sabres at Flames: Jhonas Enorth vs. Jonas Hiller

Wild at Oilers: Devan Dubnyk vs. Viktor Fasth

Ducks at Canucks: No word yet from either team.

Video: Flyers, Pens engage in fight-filled second period on Rivalry Night


It’s fight night in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins have renewed hostilities, and that’s putting it lightly, in a scrap-filled second period. It’s still a close game, by the way.

So, there’s a lot to get through:

Zach Sill vs. Michael Raffl threw down to kick things off…

Shortly after that, Ray Emery took a minor roughing penalty for punching David Perron in the face:

The rough stuff continued when Jakub Voracek and Rob Scuderi threw down:

Followed by a scrap between Luke Schenn and Steve Downie…

And finished with a tilt featuring Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and the recently recalled Bobby Farnham:

All told, the two teams combined for 64 penalty minutes in the middle frame, and are now at 83 total for the game. And there’s still the third period to go!