Steve Mason will be back in his starting role in goal for the Philadelphia Flyers in Friday’s Game 4 vs. the New york Rangers after Ray Emery started the first three as Mason recovered from an upper-body injury suffered against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 12.
Emery gave up 10 goals on 89 shots in the first three games, going 1-2, before being pulled with 7:15 remaining in the Game 3 loss in favor of Mason who stopped all three shots he faced in relief. Mason reported no issues after the game and after Thursday’s practice and is hopeful he can make an impact and get the Flyers back in this series.
“You don’t want to be sitting on the sidelines come playoff time,” Mason said. “If you can be something that helps a team win a hockey game, then that’s a good feeling. But I think everybody realizes there’s a lot of hockey to be played and we’re not worried too much.”
Despite the nearly two weeks that have passed since Mason made a start, the Flyers goalie doesn’t think he’s going to be too rusty after strong practices and studying film of the Rangers and how they attacked Emery while off the ice.
“For a goaltender I think it’s a matter of if you’re tracking the puck well off the stick and into your body,” he said. “Toward the end of practice [Thursday] I felt really sharp, especially on the power-play stuff there. I was moving well, seeing the puck through screens. If that’s the gauge for myself, I feel pretty good.”
Mason and the Flyers will try to even the series from Wells Fargo Arena at 7:00 p.m. ET on CNBC.