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Mason has ‘no expectations’ of starting Game 4 for Flyers

Apr 23, 2014, 5:39 PM EST

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Steve Mason finally got into Philly’s first-round series with the Rangers on Tuesday night, coming on in relief of Ray Emery for the final seven minutes of a 4-1 loss.

Some saw that as a precursor to Mason starting Game 4 at Wells Fargo — but for now, the Flyers’ No. 1 goalie isn’t thinking that way.

From CSN Philly:

“I have no expectations,” Mason said. “If Chief [coach Craig Berube] says I’m in, then I’ll be ready.”

Mason practiced once again Wednesday with the Flyers’ coaching staff and a handful of players. If he’s called upon to start Friday, he says he’ll be prepared – despite not having started a game since April 12, and not playing a complete game since April 8.

While it’s impossible to perfectly replicate game situations in practice, Mason believes he’ll be sharp enough to play in Game 4 thanks to the work he’s put in since returning from the upper-body injury that kept him out of the lineup for the series’ first two games.

Mason, previously sidelined by an upper-body injury, looked good in limited action on Tuesday, stopping all three shots faced (two of which came on a power play.) That said, it was his first game action in 10 days and it’s still unclear just how game-ready he is, especially for Friday’s crucial tilt — one that Flyers captain Claude Giroux all but guaranteed victory in.

“It could be Ray or Mase, I think we’re pretty confident with how both goalies have been doing for us,” Giroux told CSN Philly. “We’re looking forward to Friday.”

  1. President Charles Logan - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    yeah…. times to come to grips with that fact that he’s got a concussion … he’s done most likely . you cant fool with head injuries. I really hope Im wrong though I dont wish that on anyone.

    • sausey22 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      How dare you be compassionate in these message boards?! lol but no, really, I agree. I’m surprised you got all those down votes. I’m a Rangers fan, but that doesn’t mean I want to see the other players get seriously injured. Just because it’s not a broken bone or teeth falling out doesn’t mean it’s not a serious injury.

  2. 950003cups - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    No expectations? Or no desire? If he plays the Flyers can not only increase their chances to win the game. But perhaps the series thus another dagger to my bracket. I had the Bolts in 6. But Bishop got hurt before I knew to change my set up.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      The way the Flyers played in Game 1 and Game 3, Jesus Christ could be in goal and it wouldn’t make a difference.

      Unless, they can find a way to get past the Rangers 5 goalies … this series is over.

      • 950003cups - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        Devils did it in 2012. It involved fake a shot, and as soon as they go down, go around and shoot on goal. After a few of those, they stop falling right away. They get confused guessing and the whole system gets shleved. Then of course there was the Kovy plan, where he would shoot, after it was blocked, he would blast another rebound, then another rebound, until the rags just said “SCREW IT, LET THE GOALIE DO SOME WORK”

      • 950003cups - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:18 PM

        Jesus was a goalie? So, that’s what they mean when they say “he walked on water”? I wasn’t aware it was frozen water. Doesn’t sound so impressive anymore.

      • 950003cups - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        Or was that an ode to “Jesus Saves”

    • jkay1818 - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      It isn’t like emery has been horrible. In fact he completely stole and won game two for them. His stops in the second period were tremendous. The goals scored by the Rangers in game 1 no one could have stopped and last night aside from the stepan goal, the other 3 weren’t awful.

      • 950003cups - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        He’s not too bad, your right. But in the playoffs, the “not too bad” goalies are playing golf before it begins. Every player has to turn it up in the postseason. Difference between “playing well” and “playing decent” is losing in 5 as opposed to 4 games.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Emery needs some rebound control. I would go with Mason if I were the Flyers. I think they would have a better shot at controlling the series. Stop taking dumb penalties and start Mason.

    • jkay1818 - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      Emery hasn’t let in any goals via the rebound this series aside from the first one by zuccarello and that was more the D’s fault for not getting him off the puck.
      If you think the flyers are down in this series because they have taken dumb penalties then you haven’t been watching. Last night the flyers had plenty of opportunities with the man advantage and only mustered three or four shots.

      • flyerspsu - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        the 1st goal last game was brutal as a result of his rebound control, he dropped an uncontested floater from the corner that fell right to stepan who put it in

  4. jkay1818 - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    what i really want to know is, what is going to happen if/when the flyer get knocked out? whether this round or another round. What is PHT going to write about? They will have to give some other teams some coverage, what a disaster. then it will be “what’s next for philly” or ” is giroux solely to blame” “is holmgren on the hot seat?”
    it’s very tiring already. I am dragged into this because I am a ranger fan, but enough is enough. How many times can there be an article on the carcillo goal and fan reaction? i only read one, but saw the headlines. Condense all of his interviews into one article and the summary, wow.

  5. billiam55 - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    the real flyers are the ones in game 1 and game 3. rangers defense has outplayed the flyers offense.

  6. macgrubie - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    He’s been their most consistent player all year. Having a goalie that comes up with saves when your D breaks down has allowed them to play all year, they need it now.

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