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Steve Mason to join Flyers in New York, Game 2 status still uncertain

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Steve Mason played 61 games this season for Philly. (Getty Images)
Steve Mason played 61 games this season for Philly. (Getty Images)

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Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason has already been ruled out for Game 1 against the Rangers on Thursday night but the chances of a return for Game 2 are looking up.

Mason didn't make the short journey from Philadelphia to New York with his team earlier this week, staying behind with an upper-body injury. Well on Thursday he was feeling better and will be joining the team in the Big Apple before Game 2.

Even though he'll be there with his team, it doesn't necessarily mean that he's going to be ready to play. That's a distinction that still has to be made.

Mason had a pretty strong season for the Flyers, putting to bed some of the doubts about him after years of struggle in Columbus. He posted a .917 save percentage and clearly took the No. 1 job over Ray Emery, who will start Game 1. Obviously the Flyers could use him back in the lineup.

But it's also not the time to rush him back because the last thing you want is a goalie limited in his mobility or slower with his glove/blocker in the postseason and the stakes as high as they are. Just a guess but how well or poorly Emery plays Thursday night might go a long way in determining how quickly they might try to get Mason back in the net.

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