Steve Mason exits game after rough hit
Steve Mason left Saturday's game against the Penguins with an upper-body injury. (USA Today Images)
Flyers goalie Steve Mason remains day to day, according to general manager Paul Holmgren, with an upper-body injury.
Bad as that sounds, Flyers coach Craig Berube reiterated again Sunday he is confident that Mason will be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs Thursday night in New York against the Rangers.
It is believed Mason is both sore and bruised on his right shoulder, head and neck. He may also have whiplash.
Mason experienced a violent, jerking motion when his neck snapped back after Pittsburgh’s Jayson Megna drilled Andrew MacDonald into him during the second period of Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win against the Penguins (see story).
Mason, who tumbled backwards into the net, struck his head and right shoulder on the ice.
The fact that trainer Jim McCrossin allowed Mason to finish the second period seems to rule out a concussion. Berube said Mason was withheld from the third period for “precautionary reasons.”
Mason was not scheduled to play Sunday, anyway, unless the Flyers needed to win out to secure third place in the Metropolitan Division. That was achieved with Ray Emery replacing Mason and winning the game in Pittsburgh.
Flyers 25-year-old rookie goalie Cal Heeter, called up on Saturday night, was to make his NHL debut on Sunday against Carolina to close out the regular season.