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Flyers G Mason to sit out Game 2 vs. Rangers

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm •  Published: April 19, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Mason still isn't feeling well enough to play, so Ray Emery will be back in the net for the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 against the New York Rangers.

Mason has been sidelined for a week because of an undisclosed upper-body injury after he was knocked over and hit his head on the ice against Pittsburgh. He and the Flyers have declined to say whether the goalie sustained a concussion.

Mason was back at practice with his teammates at Madison Square Garden on Saturday after working out alone Friday, but wore down near the end of the 45-minute session. After he spoke with coach Craig Berube and general manager Paul Holmgren, it was decided that Mason would sit out again Sunday.

"For the most part, I felt pretty solid," Mason said in the cramped dressing room. "I'm getting better every day, but I won't be playing."

Again declining to reveal what was ailing him, Mason said whatever the problem was became an issue in the final 10 minutes of practice. Mason was down on his knees in a low crouch with his head down while Berube addressed the team at center ice.

"We decided that we needed to give it a little more time before I get back in there," Mason said.

Mason won't serve as Emery's backup Sunday, so Cal Heeter — who wasn't at practice — will have to be summoned back from the AHL. Mason is hopeful to play in Game 3 on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

"I am going to make that my goal and make sure I'm getting enough rest as possible to make sure that when I do get back in I am 100 percent and ready to help the team rather than be a liability," he said. "We're doing everything that we can to make sure that we're treating it the proper way."

The Rangers took to the Garden ice about 90 minutes before the Flyers and then fielded questions about how different it would be facing the right-handed catching Mason as opposed to Emery's left glove hand.

Now that they won't have to adjust to a new goalie, the Rangers can focus on trying to repeat their shutdown effort of Game 1 when they limited the Flyers to 15 shots and earned a 4-1 victory with three third-period goals.

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