Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mason recovered enough to start in Game 4

Steve Mason's return from his still unspecified "upper-body injury" is apparently complete.

The erstwhile starter will return to his rightful place in the crease when the Flyers take on the Rangers in Friday night's Game 4.

Mason, who had been sidelined since April 12 due to what was speculated to be anything from whiplash to a concussion when Pens forward Jayson Megna crashed into him, played in the final 7:15 of New York's 4-1 victory on Tuesday in Philadelphia in relief of Ray Emery. He stopped all three shots he faced.

Emery went 1-2 with a 3.49 goals-against average and .888 save percentage over the first three contests in the best-of-seven set.

For Mason, it's his first taste of the postseason as a starter since his rookie campaign of 2008-09, when he was in net for all four games of a Detroit Red Wings sweep against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Mason racked up a 4.27 GAA and .878 save percentage in that series.
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