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Flyers want to cut down on penalties in Game 3

by Adam Kimelman


(Best-of-7 series tied 1-1)


Big story: As their Eastern Conference First Round series with the New York Rangers shifts to Wells Fargo Center, the Philadelphia Flyers will have Ray Emery in net for the third straight game. Emery had not started back-to-back games all season, but said he's feeling good with the extra ice time.

"The more frequently you play, the more comfortable you are in the net," he said.

It's also the first time Emery has been a starter in a home Stanley Cup Playoff game since 2011.

"It's the best time of the year," Emery said. "It's been a while since I played a series. I appreciate being in there."

Team scope:

Rangers: While most of the talk in the first two games of the series was how the Flyers hadn't won at Madison Square Garden since 2011, the Rangers have had their own struggles in Philadelphia, losing three in a row.

"It's an energetic arena to play in for sure, and they feed off of that so you want to play a simple game," Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. "You can't be afraid to take an icing, take a whistle here or there to keep the game on your side and keep up the pace. … You have to be disciplined too. Their fans will be feeding off their physicality and you can't buy into it or get caught up in it. That's something we've done all season so far."

The Rangers' 25 road wins were the most in the Eastern Conference during the regular season, so there's confidence in the team being successful away from home.

"If you look at our road record, we have that because we continue to play the same high-tempo, north/south type of game and rolling the lines quickly," coach Alain Vigneault said. "There are certain matchups that we are looking for. There are certain we don't want. Once we're in the flow and the guys are playing well and executing well, sometimes you're not as concerned about matchups as you are pace and tempo."

Flyers: The Flyers killed nine of 12 Rangers power plays in the first two games of the series, including six of seven in Game 2.

That they were shorthanded 12 times in the first two games isn't a good trend, however.

"Let's just say we don't want to give them six power plays every game," coach Craig Berube said. "We have to be better. We can't take penalties the way we are. You're going to get penalties in a game just because. But you can't take emotional, dumb ones and careless penalties. It's going to hurt you."

Watching the Rangers move the puck around with the extra man is all the reminder the Flyers need to be more disciplined.

"There's penalties we could have avoided," forward Vincent Lecavalier said. "I think you look at any game, they're calling a lot of hooking and grabbing, slashes. They'll call all that. We have to make sure we're disciplined. Everybody knows special teams are really important in the playoffs. Just have to make sure we're disciplined in that regard."

Who's hot: Rangers forward Martin St. Louis has a goal and two assists in the first two games, giving him two goals and eight assists in nine career playoff games against the Flyers. … Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has two assists and a plus-2 rating in two games. Hartnell is the only Philadelphia player with more than one point in the series.

Injury report: The Flyers are missing goaltender Steve Mason (upper body) and forward Steve Downie (upper body). … Rangers forward Chris Kreider (hand) is out.


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