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Flyers' Mason to start against Penguins

Pittsburgh goalie Fleury has concussion, rookie Murray in net again

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

FLYERS (39-25-13) at PENGUINS (45-25-8)


Season series: The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the first two of four games against the Philadelphia Flyers this season, including a 4-1 victory at Wells Fargo Center on March 19. Sidney Crosby and Nick Bonino each had two assists, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 16 saves.

Flyers team scope: Philadelphia moved within two points of the New York Islanders for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. "We just want to make the playoffs," forward Wayne Simmonds said. "We're trying to make the playoffs and solidify our spot. If we catch some teams on the way in, that's great. We just want to make sure we're getting in. That's our goal." Steve Mason, who made 33 saves, is expected to start again Sunday. He took an IV after defeating the Senators. With goalie Michal Neuvirth out because of a lower-body injury, Mason has started eight straight games. "It's a lot of fun," Mason said. "This is the situation I wanted to be in all year. I think all goaltenders want to play as much as possible. It's fun coming to the rink knowing that the net is going to be yours, and I just have to keep building on it."

Penguins team scope: Goalie Matt Murray will get his second start in as many days after helping Pittsburgh clinch a playoff berth in a 5-0 win against the Islanders at Barclays Center on Saturday. The Penguins announced prior to the game that goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has a concussion; there is no timetable for his return. "I'm just trying to take it one day at a time, but that is the progression of this league," Murray said after making 24 saves against the Islanders. "You have to try and develop in the minors and eventually prove yourself and try and make it to this level, so that is what I am trying to do." Pittsburgh, which is without center Evgeni Malkin because of an upper-body injury, has won 11 of its past 12 games.

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