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Steve Mason admits he was sidelined with a concussion

Apr 30, 2014, 10:36 PM EDT

Philadelphia Flyers top goalie Steve Mason revealed why it took him until Game 4 to suit up for his team: he was dealing with a concussion. The specifics indicate that those issues might have subsided once he began playing against the New York Rangers in a first-round series that ended with New York winning Game 7 on Wednesday.

In typically cryptic hockey fashion (actually, some teams provided basically no update at all during the playoffs, it seems), the Flyers only called it an upper-body injury.

Player agent Alan Walsh took issue with the 25-year-old goalie’s revelation:

Whether Mason was healthy or not once he got back into action, he was often brilliant in his four appearances, even if he finished 2-2. Mason ended up with a brilliant .939 save percentage and often made highlight reel saves.

That probably left some Flyers fans wondering “What if?” about the Flyers first three games, although he might not have been in any condition to play instead of Steve Mason.

PHT will make note of other Flyers injury updates if available.

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Now that the PHILADELPHIA FLYERS have been eliminated hockey season is over for PHT

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      So you are done commenting til next season? Bye.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        No because there will be more FLYERS articles

  2. cjb5671 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Very disappointed in the outcome of the series but the Flyers have a bright future with their youth and with Mason in net. Looking forward to next year.

    • billiam55 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      from a NYR fan Mason was a beast and its gotta be a great feeling for u fans to finally have a goalie. thanks for a fun series.

      • mebailey700 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:47 PM

        Right on man, I am ecstatic with how Mason turned out this season. As much as it pains to me say it, good luck against the pens next series.

  3. imgoingtowichita - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    End the BS and have the player, clear as day, (while knowing they are recorded ‘on record’) as saying I am able or not to play. This will be the norm (unfortunately) going forward.

  4. c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    what a hero.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - May 1, 2014 at 5:35 AM

      I’d take mase over sh^t the bed flower any day. Played above Henrik in this series. Have fun with the rangers. One of the best D in the league an was almost impenitrable at times blockin shots constantly. Penguins are the sharks of the east. One of The biggest underachievers in the league’s an totally chokes when it counts. you guys barely made it past the CBJ. Stay on the high horse of yours an enjoy it now cause in about a week you’ll be sittin with the flyers on the outside lookin in.

      • hockey412 - May 1, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        1) The Flyers only won one of four against a very tough CBJ team. Don’t act like they are on-line with Buffalo, that’s about as disrespectful to them as it could be.

        2) The Flyers didn’t make the playoffs last year, and were eliminated in the first round this year. How do you criticize a team that won the cup 5 years ago as underachieving? Check your pants before you call poo on someone else.

        3) The Flyers were entertaining as hell this year. Great team, great future.

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - May 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        In which way did I insult CBJ? I said you barely made it past them as in dont act like the pens are champs an can take the rangers an anyone else out no problem. This is to c9 an all the trash talkin he’s been doin on other pages too pretending like the pens are champs every year an dont choke. You are picked as Stanley cup favs every year an underachieve every year. Last time I check the flyers weren’t pick the last few years an weren’t supposed to make the playoffs according to everyone else so what pants should I be smelling again

      • c9castine - May 1, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        lol, pens might lose but everything you just said is completely false.

        our core of players has won a stanley cup. just won another series in 6 games. sharks have done neither. define barely? we never trailed in the series and won the last two games. not to mention, thats a darn good hockey team. finished the season with more wins than the flyers you idiot.

        ive heard you guys saying the pens are going down all year. still standing. watch the series.

      • mangoman1966 - May 1, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        Bet the flower is a helluva lot richer than you are. And he has a ring

  5. broadstreetbeatdown - May 1, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Thanks to that d-bag Smegma..I mean Megna. I hope the Rags give him a concussion.

    • upyoursnfu - May 1, 2014 at 6:02 AM

      Its a tough game. If you dont like it maybe the WNBA is more your fancy?

    • hockey412 - May 1, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      That isn’t nice at all. I was wondering how long it would take before someone used “Smegma” though – it took longer than expected.

      Just an idea – someone needs to make sure Giroux controls himself on the golf course this year.

      • petersteelewannabe - May 1, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        @412, Holmgren added a proviso in G’s contract, no more golf…

    • kastout11 - May 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      I think he has been scratched in each game of the playoffs so far this year. I watched a lot of the first series and did not see him on the ice. It would have been easier to deal with if he had been run over by a relevant player, but Megna is garbage and had every intent to run over Mason and if an injury occurred to Mason, so be it. I don’t think the Flyers would have won the series anyway, but I would have liked our chances with Mason playing in the first three games.

  6. dswt25 - May 1, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    “Philadelphia Flyers top goalie Steve Mason revealed why it took him until Game 4 to suit up for his team”

    The author of this article must be an idiot. Mason played in game 3…came in to relieve Emery. He played 7+ minutes according to the box score….give it a look:

    http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/boxscore?id=2013030143&navid=sc.com-series-boxscore

    “That probably left some Flyers fans wondering “What if?” about the Flyers first three games, although he might not have been in any condition to play instead of Steve Mason.”

    What does this mean?? Steve Mason was not in any condition to play instead of Steve Mason? The author obviously means instead of Emery….doesn’t he proof read?

    I can’t believe sloppy journalism like this is published anywhere, and I can’t believe that I was the first to pick this up!

    Mason did have a great series…maybe only the first goal he let in was soft, if I remember correctly. Maybe he will be the end to the revolving door in the net for the Flyers.

    Fun Series….GO RANGERS!!

  7. rpiotr01 - May 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Hank got the win but Mason was the best player on the ice in game 7. Could have easily been a 4-1 or 5-1 route. Flyer fans should be grateful they have this guy, for the first time in a long time goaltending wasn’t the problem.

    • dswt25 - May 1, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Looks Like Mason had regular season numbers this year that were similar to his rookie year. All the years in between seem like duds. I haven’t watched him other in this series, where he played great. Hope for the Flyer’s sake he is the real deal and this playoff performance wasn’t just a hot streak.

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