When first looked at, it didn’t seem like last Saturday’s second period collision involving Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason and defenseman Andrew MacDonald was too serious — especially considering Mason was able to get up and finish out the period. That escalated quickly, though. Mason didn’t play in the third period, the regular season finale and last night against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. However, things are beginning to look up a bit for Mason.
Mason, who didn’t initially travel with the team, took a train from Philly to New York yesterday. He got a front and center view of the third period debacle put on by backup, Ray Emery. Mason was back on the ice today taking practice shots. Should he feel well enough to do the same tomorrow, Mason would then be the expected Game 2 starter.
Mason has agreed to speak with the media after his practice session today, so we should get a very good idea as to how he is feeling by day’s end. While having Mason between the pipes isn’t necessarily a must, it’s becoming more ideal to the Flyers that they have him in net simply because he has been the better guy this season.
Emery had a 7-2 career record going into last night’s game, along with a 1.87 GAA. Mason has fared pretty well himself against the red, white and blue. In seven career starts, Mason is 4-1-1 with a 2.49 GAA.
Following the win last Saturday, team officials announced that the absence of Mason was for precautionary reasons, but it’s obvious it was a little more than that. It will be interesting to see how Mason is currently feeling and where exactly he’s feeling it. We’ll have a better idea of everything as the day moves along.