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Flyers G Steve Mason to miss Game 2 against Rangers

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Steve Mason is not yet ready to return to the Flyers' lineup. (USATSI)
Steve Mason is not yet ready to return to the Flyers' lineup. (USATSI)

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Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason will not play in Game 2 according to head coach Craig Berube. The 25-year-old netminder practiced for the first time Friday after sustaining an upper body injury a week ago. He practiced again Saturday morning, but has not been cleared to play and is listed as day-to-day.

Ray Emery will be back between the pipes for the Flyers for Sunday's game.

The Flyers are looking to get back into their first-round series after falling 4-1 to the New York Rangers in Game 1. Not having Mason, the team's primary starter all season is a tough blow, though Emery performed fairly well despite the Game 1 score line.

Mason was injured April 12 when he was bowled over by Penguins forward Jayson Megna. Mason remained in the game immediately following the hit, but was replaced by Emery for the third period. The nature of the injury has not been disclosed beyond the fact that it's an upper-body.

Mason told reporters Friday that his goal was to start Game 2 Sunday, but that Emery's performance in Game 1 made it less of a priority to return before he felt ready.

The former Calder Trophy winner with the Columbus Blue Jackets has posted a 33-18-7 record this season in 61 appearances with a .917 save percentage and 2.50 goals-against average, well above his career averages.

Considering the fact that Mason is back practicing, he must be getting closer. So there's still a good chance he'll return for the series, it's just not as soon as he and the Flyers would have hoped.

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