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Mason: ‘Even if I was ready, there’s no reason to take (Emery) out’

Apr 21, 2014, 6:38 PM EDT

Steve Mason, Ray Emery AP

Steve Mason is working to return from an upper-body injury that has kept him on the sidelines since April 12, but at this point, he might not immediately play between the pipes even when he is ready.

The 25-year-old goaltender acknowledged that after confirming that he won’t be available for Game 3 on Tuesday.

“The way (Ray Emery‘s) playing, there’s no hurry,” Mason said. “He’s the reason we won yesterday, so, even if I was ready, there’s no reason to take him out right now.”

Emery wasn’t perfect in Game 2, especially early in the contest, but he got better as the game went on and put the Flyers in a position where they could overcome their early 2-0 deficit. Mason did outplay him during the regular season, but it’s also worth noting that Emery, 31, has 38 games worth of playoff experience while Mason played in four postseason contests back in 2009 and lost all of them.

So there’s a case for riding Emery for as long as he’s giving them a chance to win and it looks like Mason agrees.

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    I never heard of a number 1 wanting to be a number 2

  2. maalea - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    He’s just backing Emery. Until he’s ready, he doesn’t want to make any waves.

  3. mcphillthy - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    If mason came in strong the media would eat it up and if the flyers lose the series the media would trace it back to what he said ans blame it on him. You always play dumb with the media. Good boy, mase!

  4. fortarnold - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Emery has been the consummate back up this year giving Mason every opportunity to ascend into the number one role. Mason in turn is recognizing the effort of his fellow goaltender and being the consummate teammate. Go troll elsewhere Elmer.

  5. bleedrangerblue - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Don’t worry philly. Mason will start game 4. If ya know what I mean 😉

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      I hope he does, after we take a 2-1 series lead (knock on wood).

  6. bleedrangerblue - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Elmer!! ?? Your own fans dissing you??

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Of course the Philadelphia/national media blow this out of proportion as if Mason is somehow scared to play. Mike Missanelli, who acts as if he’s the authority on hockey (yet usually never mentions it), spent a good 45 minutes making this into a big deal on his show. To me, Mason still feels like crap from his upper-body injury/whiplash/really a concussion, and didn’t think too much about how this comment would be turned. As others have said, it was meant as a supportive comment towards Emery and the team, not as a knock on his own confidence. If the guy isn’t healthy and thus wouldn’t give his team the best chance to win a crucial game 3 why lie?

    Rich Tocchet said Patrick Roy or Marty Brodeur would buck up and play. Sorry Tocc, we’ve all seen the footage of him practicing with the team… dude looks like he wants to puke or lay down after every 3rd save. Mason has shown me that he’s not mentally weak this season; something he was criticized for being in the past. It’s not easy being a goalie in Philly and he bounced back admirably from all his bad games.

  8. fortarnold - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Why would you listen to Missanelli if you want to hear about hockey? That would be like going to a seminar by Kim Jong-un for the advantages of democracy.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Bc WIP only talks about the Phils, all day everyday. Atleast the other hosts on 97.5 mention hockey.

  9. gbart22 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    I’m a devils fan so I have no love for Philly but even I acknowledge this is just silly to act like mason doesn’t want to play or is scared. He’s saying the PC thing to say in this situation to not stir any pots of controversy which the media is always looking for especially goalie controversies. It’s almost gotten to the point of ridiculous contrived qb controversies. Just dumb. Will say if Philly plans to ride emry for the long haul they will regret that. Mason was and is clearly the better goalie and Philly would do well to just state he’s the number 1 and will play when healthy.

  10. toiletclown - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    Masons scared to take the heat of the playoffs. Man up son and do your job you big baby

    • fortarnold - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      This turd couldn’t post this last night because the penguins were losing when he went to bed at 8:30 and he didn’t have the confidence in his team to come back and win. Maybe if you are real good at school and do well on your spelling quiz, mom will let you stay up until the end of the second period the next time the Penguins play.

  11. kastout11 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    I like Mason and he has the contract extension. If he is, without question, not 100%, do not replace Emery with him. Mason is clearly not 100%, and he knows that Emery at 100% is better than he is at less than 100%. He is putting his team in front of himself. Obviously, he wants to play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, this is why the play the sport. The bad thing is, even if he is 100%, he might still have to sit while Emery is hot. Hopefully, Emery stays hot until they hoist the cup, but he is a backup and I would expect him to cool off before then.

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