Steve Mason ready to go, will start Game 4 for Flyers

Steve Mason came in for relief duty in Game 3. (Getty Images)
Steve Mason came in for relief duty in Game 3. (Getty Images)

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It's Steve Mason's net again in Philadelphia.

The Flyers' No. 1 starter all season, Mason missed the first two games of the series in New York due to an upper-body injury that also cost him a few games at the end of the regular season. He suited up for Game 3 but sat behind Ray Emery, replacing him in the third period when Emery was pulled.

That seemed to indicate that Mason would be good to go for the Flyers when they play the Rangers in Philadelphia in Friday and indeed it did.

Emery was very good for the Flyers in Game 2, the one game they won so far, but was not at the same level in Game 3, evidenced by him being pulled. That performanced surely helped coach Craig Berube make the move back to his No. 1 now that he's close to fully healthy.

The difference between the two goaltenders during the regular season was pretty dramatic. Mason had a very nice season, perhaps to the surprise of a lot of people, with a .917 save percentage. It's not out of this world but it was much better than he was doing in Columbus and was much better than the Flyers had been getting. Mason's play was a very big part of the Flyers' success this season.

Mason better be back to his regular-season form right away because Flyers captain Claude Giroux already proclaimed this series is going back to New York at 2-2.

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