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Flyers let chance slip by in loss to Jackets
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The game-winner represented the third shot from James Wisniewski on the same power play, and it looked like it was going wide.
Instead, it kissed off the inside of the far post past Steve Mason.
The insurance goal in the final period was a double deflection. Point shot to stick to skate with Brandon Dubinsky, an old foe from his Rangers days, getting the last touch.
Flyers goalie Steve Mason played well and stopped 25 shots during a 2-0 loss on Thursday to the Columbus Blue Jackets (see recap).
Sergei Bobrovsky was better, with 37 saves in earning his fourth shutout.
It was a crucial game for the Flyers to lose and an even more crucial one for Columbus to win since the Jackets are fighting for a wild-card playoff spot.
The Flyers lost too many battles and, incredibly, didn’t show up for the third period, which they entered down just 1-0. That was maddening in itself.
“I don’t know,” Mason said. "Guys were working hard, just couldn’t find the back of the net. These are big games and we’ve got to find ways to win them.
“You’re aware of all the standings -- right now it’s so tight. Every game is a must win just because you’re not getting points, other teams are, and you’re sitting idle.
“So they crept up a little closer to us, and we’re going to have to find a way to win in Boston.”
The Bruins host the Flyers on Saturday afternoon. Ray Emery will get the start. Emery was outstanding in a 1-0 shootout loss in St. Louis earlier this week.
Mason did a lot of pre-work before Friday’s practice with goalie coach Jeff Reese. Emery, however, was out there with him, as well.
When that occurs, it’s usually an indication that Emery will play the next game. Emery is always in the second group of players on the ice when he’s not scheduled to play the next game.
“He’s done a great job, another very good veteran guy who has been around and won and knows how to get things dne,” Berube said of Emery.
Berube might use Mason on Sunday against Buffalo.
“Ray is gonna play because … it’s his turn,” Berube said, evoking Fred Shero’s famous line why Bobby Taylor got the start over Bernie Parent decades ago.  “We got lots of games coming up and we need both our goalies. That’s it. We need both of them.”
Reese was working with Mason on angles on Friday, trying to illustrate the positioning of Mason on the goal from Wisniewski the night before. Mason took a lot of shots today before the practice actually began.
“It was a quick jam play,” Mason said of the first goal. “I watched the video and it looked like my stick kind of lifted up as I went out and it looked like it slid past the upper side of my blocker area.”
Neither goal lost the game for the Flyers. They lost it themselves by not showing up for the third period.
That can’t happen in Boston.
“The third, we didn’t get anything going on,” Kimmo Timonen said. “I don’t know why. When you don’t score a goal it’s hard to win games.”