UPDATED: 7:15 p.m.
PITTSBURGH -- After the Flyers defeated the Penguins, 4-3, in overtime Saturday (see Instant Replay), head coach Craig Berube said goalie Steve Mason was held out of Saturday's third period and overtime for "precautionary reasons."
Berube added he expects Mason to start Game 1 of the Flyers' first-round series against the Rangers, tentatively scheduled for Thursday in New York.
“I don’t know a lot right now,” Berube said. “I think he will be fine.”
Penguins forward Jayson Megna deliberately drilled Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald into Mason at 16:27 of the second period. Megna received a minor penalty for goalie interference.
Mason's head and neck snapped back off the MacDonald collision. He then tumbled backwards into the net, striking his head and right shoulder on the ice. Mason finished the period but remained in the dressing room after the second period. Emery relieved him.
The decision to sit Mason came from both Berube and trainer Jim McCrossin.
As for the check, Berube said, “Does it [hit] bother me? Yeah, but what can I do about it?”
“Yeah, I guess so, but you don’t see our guys doing that,” Berube said.
The Flyers are calling it an upper-body injury, and Berube said it’s not serious, which should rule out a concussion, whiplash, or major shoulder injury.
Mason was making his 61st appearance of the season and needed one victory for a career-high 34 wins. He declined to talk after the game.
If Mason is unavailable, Emery’s career numbers against the Rangers are pretty strong: 7-2-0, with 1.87 goals against average and a .936 save percentage.
MacDonald wasn’t sure of how badly injured Mason was, either.
“Things happen fast on the ice but he ran me over pretty good,” MacDonald said. “It’s something I would have to look at again.”
Emery will play Sunday's season finale against Carolina.
“I didn’t know [that], but hopefully that continues,” Emery said of his career numbers vs. the Rangers.
“Hopefully Mase is back and able to play. But I’ve played in the playoffs in the past and I'll be excited to play.”