McGinn thrust into Flyers' key matchup

NEW YORK _ Tye McGinn says it’s no big deal, this shuttle thing.

Five times he has been recalled by the Flyers after they had sent him back to the AHL Adirondack Phantoms. But the 23-year-old left winger has taken it in stride.

“I’m just trying to do my best wherever I am,” the 6-foot-2, 205-pound power forward said after the Flyers’ morning skate Wednesday here at Madison Square Garden. “If the Flyers call me up, it’s a great honor and I just try to do the best I can to help this team win.”

McGinn, who scored 20 goals with the sad-sack Phantoms, went from a team going nowhere to one that is in the thick of the NHL playoff hunt.

“This is the best time of the year to play hockey, and to go from one end of the stick to another, it feels good,” he said.

McGinn was recalled Sunday to replace the injured Steve Downie, and he played just 7:52 in Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Kings _ and his turnover led to one of L.A.'s goals.

Coach Craig Berube said because the Flyers were down two goals, he played more of his offensive threats in that game, but he plans to use McGinn more in Wednesday’s key matchup against the Rangers.

“I thought he was fine,” Berube said. “He got in on the forecheck, made a couple good little plays in the offensive zone. He looked like he was moving well.”

McGinn, who has three goals in nine games with the Flyers, is again expected to be on the third line, with shutdown-center Sean Couturier and Matt Read. That line could spend time defending the Rangers’ top unit.

“It’s going to be a very emotional game,” McGinn said. “They’re a hard team and they’ve been playing well; we just have to match that.”

With Chris Kreider (17 goals) sidelined with a hand injury, the Rangers are hoping to jump-start Martin St. Louis by putting him on their top line with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash.  

In 11 games since he was acquired from Tampa Bay, St. Louis has no goals and three assists.

Mason vs. the King. Steve Mason, who is 2-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .955 save percentage against the Rangers this season, will oppose Henrik Lundqvist.

Lundqvist is 1-1 with a 2.56 GAA and .928 save percentage against the Flyers this season.

Breakaways. Former Flyer Dan Carcillo has the flu and did not take part in the morning skate; he is not expected to play Wednesday night. “I don’t give a bleep about him,” said Flyers winger Zac Rinaldo, Carcillo’s usual sparring partner….The Flyers are 5-1 in the midst of a season-ending stretch in which they will play 17 games in 30 days…..New York has won four straight….. …..Berube downplayed the importance of Wednesday’s game: “It’s as big as the next one we’re going to play,” he said. “Seriously. Eleven games left, and they’re all huge games.”…..Downie (upper-body injury) is feeling better and there is a chance he skates at Thursday’s practice, Berube said

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