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Flyers' Mason questionable for practice Tuesday

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 3:14 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / Rangers-Flyers series blog

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Flyers' Mason questionable for practice Tuesday

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren declined to comment Monday when asked by the Philadelphia Inquirer if it could be ruled out that goaltender Steve Mason sustained a concussion when he was injured Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Steve Mason
Goalie - PHI
RECORD: 33-18-7
GAA: 2.50 | SVP: 0.917
Holmgren said the Flyers will determine Tuesday if Mason can return to practice that day. The Flyers open the Eastern Conference First Round against the New York Rangers on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, TSN) at Madison Square Garden.

Mason sustained an upper-body injury Saturday in a collision with Pittsburgh forward Jayson Megna with 3:33 left in the second period. Mason, who made 21 saves on 22 shots to that point, remained in net for the rest of the period but was replaced by Ray Emery to start the third. Mason was scratched from the lineup Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes with an upper-body injury.

Mason played 61 games in his first full season in Philadelphia. He tied his career high with 33 wins and setting a new season best with a .917 save percentage. His 2.50 goals-against average was his lowest since he posted a 2.29 GAA during his Calder Trophy-winning season with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008-09.

The 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the Blue Jackets were swept by the Detroit Red Wings, mark Mason's only playoff experience.

Emery, his backup this season, went 9-12-2 with a 2.96 GAA and .908 save percentage. Emery won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks last season as a backup to Corey Crawford and led the Ottawa Senators to the Final in 2007, where they lost to the Ottawa Senators.

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