Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Flyers throw away home-ice advantage

So much for home-ice advantage.

It did not take the Flyers long to relinquish what they had worked so hard to achieve. After wresting the advantage away from the New York Rangers Sunday in the Big Apple, the orange and black failed to show up last night at the Wells Fargo Center, falling 4-1 in a troubling, listless effort.

Ray Emery was not sharp. He had lots of company. The Flyers fell behind quickly 2-0 in the first period and never recovered.

Steve Mason, still suffering from the ever-mysterious "upper body injury" apparently was healthy enough to be on the bench as Emery's backup. He actually saw some mop-up duty late in the third period after the Rangers went up 4-1.

All of that is the bad news. The worse news is that Flyers fans will have an extra day to wallow in the bad vibe. No doubt thanks to the vagaries of TV, Game 3 is not being played in South Philly until Friday night.

No word yet on who will be in goal. Look for Mason to get that start.

Regardless, the Flyers now will have to win another game in New York. Before winning on Sunday, they had dropped eight straight there.

Rob Parent has the details on the Flyers' shaky effort.

And columnist Jack McCaffery notes coach Craig Berube is in a familiar pickle for a Flyers coach, a goaltending dilemma.

On the bright side, how 'bout dem Phillies. They won their 3rd straight last night to even their record at 10-10. And tonight they get Cole Hamels back as he takes the hill in a battle with Dodgers ace Zack Greinke.

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