Never afraid to raise his fists, Daniel Carcillo made his mark in the league more as a puncher than a postseason star.
Carcillo was a little of both for New York in Game 3.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Friday in Philadelphia.
Carcillo, a former Flyer, went eye to eye with a taunting fan after he scored an insurance goal in the third period. He had 100 penalty minutes and only four goals in the regular season -- and wanted to prove he could do more than camp out in the penalty box.
"When you get pigeonholed into a role, it's hard to change people's minds in this league," he said. "When you get in and you get an opportunity like this, you've got to make the most of it."
Lundqvist was backed by a defense that blocked 28 shots to stymie the Flyers. The Rangers took an early 2-0 lead, and that was enough of a cushion for a team that led the Eastern Conference with 25 road victories.
"You need to be strong in the middle," Lundqvist said. "It was part of our defense tonight. That's why we played so well. We got involved all over the ice."
While all signs point to Mason for Game 4, coach Craig Berube said he has not made a decision.
"I'll be ready to go," Mason said.
Mason hadn't played since he suffered an upper-body injury in a collision April 12. He got in this game with 7:15 left and the Flyers down 4-1.
Berube said Mason was healthy but the Flyers went with Emery because of his strong first two games. Emery had 31 saves in a Game 2 win.
"Ray just came off a big win. It's not a difficult decision," Berube said.
After a rough outing, it seemed liked the wrong one -- right from the start.
Rick Nash's shot wide of the net deflected off the bottom of Emery's glove, and Stepan shoveled the puck in for a 1-0 lead only 3:54 into the game.
St. Louis made it 2-0 midway through the period with a sharp deflection off Girardi's shot from the blue line. The Rangers had two goals on eight shots.
Emery settled down, and the Flyers finally generated some offensive pressure, even as leading scorer Claude Giroux failed to get going.
Giroux, third in the NHL with 86 points, had no shots on goal in the first two games and didn't get one in the first period. He did rush the net late in the first, creating space for Streit to score over Lundqvist's stick on a 4-on-4 chance.
Giroux finally attempted a shot about 6 1/2 minutes into the second period, with the Flyers down 3-1. The captain clearly needs to start scoring for the Flyers to win the series. He's not alone.
"We have to get the pucks through, even move it sideways," Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonensaid. "We have to watch tape and find a way to get them through. We have to find a way to move it around quicker."
Girardi fired a clean slapper high from the point over Emery's left shoulder for that 3-1 lead early in the second.
Carcillo went after Giroux in the scrum, giving the Flyers the added bonus of a power play. But the Rangers blocked two shots on the power play.
The Rangers closed off the shooting lanes with 20 blocked shots through the first two periods. Lundqvist took care of the rest.
"It's just a matter if the D is getting involved in the play, and it doesn't matter if it's me or anyone else," Girardi said.
Carcillo sealed the win with a goal soon after he left the penalty box in the third.